EMC CPD Online: Starting to Teach English Literature A Level

This is a day-long online course to introduce you to the principles and practices of A Level teaching. A cross-specification course, we will exemplify approaches on texts drawn from a range of genres, highlighting ways in which these can be applied to the texts you are teaching. During the day there will be plenty of opportunities to try out and reflect on the activities, individually, as a whole group and in smaller break-out sessions.

This course will be limited to 30 participants.

Session 1 (10-11.40am)

  • An introduction to A Level teaching and learning
  • Close reading and ways of responding to texts creatively and critically
  • Whole texts: priming a first reading and effectively managing the reading

Session 2 (1-2pm)

  • Teaching poetry: principles and practice
  • Practical strategies for analysing individual poems
  • Using statements to sharpen up comparative responses

Session 3 2-3.20pm

  • Teaching critical engagement with contextual material
  • Using criticism and critical statements to develop and enrich responses
  • Live Q & A

Further details

  • This course will be split into three sessions 10-11.40am, 12-1pm and 2-3.20pm.
  •  Course materials will be sent out in advance. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • All teachers attending will receive a free digital version of EMC’s Close Reading (usual price £80), as well as a PDF of resources from the day.

How to book your place

  • Please sign in to the website, add the course to your basket and checkout. 
  • If you are booking a place for someone else, or want the joining information to go to an email other than the one you used to sign into the website please add this to the additional information box.
  • This course must be booked online. Payment by invoice is available for this session, provided you are signed into a 'School User' account. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.
  • You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Your email with all the information you need to join the session will be sent out on Wednesday 15th July. Please check your junk and promotions folder.

Course tutors

Barbara Bleiman is a consultant at EMC, co-editor of emagazine and the author of What Matters in English Teaching. She writes blogs and articles about education, has written or co-written many EMC publications for the classroom, including resources on poetry, novels and language study. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. Barbara is also the author of two novels and has a collection of short stories coming out next year with Blue Door Press.

Lucy Webster is an advisory teacher at the English and Media Centre where she runs courses and writes and edits publications. 

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