Standard Grade

How high up is the school in the cloud?

It’s the start of May already, the sun (I think it’s the sun, its been a while!) is shining and exam leave is upon us. The fourths years left for exam leave a week ago and have already completed their … Continue reading

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Tae Kwon Do and Jose Mourinho – passing Highers at the grade you want

This is part of a series of blogs that focuses on the attitudes of mind, behaviours and actions that a person can use to be successful at an English course. It’s practical stuff that, if applied, will have a practical … Continue reading

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Standard Grade English – The Talk Triangle

All public speakers have either a series of symbols or acronyms to provide them with a simple formula for writing and delivering a public speech. For your Standard Grade English Talk, there’s no reason why you cannot use the ones … Continue reading

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Standard Grade English – Ten Tips on giving a talk

It’s round about now, when the Standard Grade English folios are close to being completed (you can have them checked by myetutor), that a form will be sent to each Teacher of English asking them to fill in a Standard … Continue reading

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Standard Grade English – 5 Basic Rules for Creative Writing Essay for Folio

In Standard Grade English, there are four very simple rules that you should think about when writing your creative writing folio piece. They are the basis of most good writing, and if stuck to, they will help your Standard Grade … Continue reading

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The power of continued focus

This is part of a series of blogs that focuses on the attitudes of mind, behaviours and actions that a person can use to be successful at an English course. It’s practical stuff that, if applied, will have a practical … Continue reading

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It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work…

The run up to Christmas was immense and I was so tired when we eventually got to the holidays. I find myself sleeping deeper and deeper as the term ends and the holidays approach to the point that you are … Continue reading

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Standard Grade Folio – critical essays and a Rookie mistake

When you are writing a critical essay for your Standard Grade folio, it is important to realise that you are writing an argument. You have been given a task. The task is usually to show that something is true, even … Continue reading

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Commitment: Shutting the back door – Steven Gerrard vs Olympiakos

This is part of a series of blogs that focuses on the attitudes of mind, behaviours and actions that a person can use to be successful at an English course. It’s practical stuff that, if applied, will have a practical … Continue reading

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Standard Grade English Folio – Discursive Essay

In Standard Grade English, you have to hand in a W1 folio piece. This folio piece can be either a discursive essay or a persuasive essay. The discursive essay is probably the easiest, but the persuasive essay is the most … Continue reading

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