Our year 9 English tutors focus on helping students to read and write about all types of texts, along with developing the key skills that enable them to approach these tasks with greater confidence.
In our English tuition classes, students read a variety of different text types, engage in informed discussion about these texts, and learn how to respond in a range of different ways.
The aim of our English tutors is to ensure that year 9 English students are equipped to tackle essential tasks like text production and critical reading. Our focus is on practical skills so that students can approach these sorts of assignments with confidence. The key areas that we focus on are text analysis, text production and grammar & language.
We look at all types of texts in our English tuition classes so that our students feel confident in engaging with a range of writing, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose. Our English tutors give year 9 pupils opportunities to read and write about a variety of different text types, and help them to engage in informed discussion about their work.
Examples of tasks
- A key skill that year 9 English students need to develop is the ability to summarise a text. Our tutors help students to develop the skills required to be able to summarise both fiction and non-non-fiction texts, and to organise these types of written responses effectively.
- It is important that pupils learn how to develop and express their opinions about what they read. Our English tutors show students how to organise their writing so that they are able to share their opinions about a text effectively.
- Writers create texts in a variety of different ways and so we look at how structure, word choices and other literary techniques all contribute to ultimate effect and meaning of a text. Our English tutors help students to understand the ways in which a text’s structure is also an important component of its meaning.
- Being able to compare two texts and understand their differences and similarities is an important skill for year 9 English students. In our English tuition classes, we explore both fiction and non-fiction texts, and learn how to compare and contrast them effectively.
- Characters are central to our reading and enjoyment of all types of texts, and being able to write about them with confidence is an important skill for year 9 English students. Our students learn how to understand, analyse and write about all types of characters, and the variety of techniques writers use to create them.
In our year 9 English tuition classes, we provide students with opportunities to write in a range of different styles and genres, and to create texts for a variety of audiences. Text production is an integral part of the English curriculum, and so we give students the chance to put what they learn into practice.
Examples of tasks
- An important skill for year 9 students to develop is the ability to write non-fiction texts that have a practical purpose. Some of the tasks include writing instruction texts (e.g., how to use your mobile phone) or travel guides to favourite places. The purpose is to demonstrate the important of organisation and structure to these sorts of tasks.
- Our year 9 English tutors help students to develop the ability to write reviews of all types of texts. This includes literary reviews of novels, plays, short stories and films, as well as practical reviews of technology, games, retailers and restaurants.
- In year 9 English classes, students have the opportunity to write in a wide variety of styles e.g., thriller, romance, comedy, etc., and to create fiction texts for a range of audiences and purposes. In so doing, pupils have the chance to put into practice what they have learnt in relation to how texts are structured, as well as how they can incorporate different literary techniques into their writing.
Grammar and Language
In order to be able to analyse texts effectively, it is important that year 9 English students understand the role of grammar and language. When reading texts, we look closely at the way in which a writer’s word choices and sentence structures help to convey meaning, and how important it is in the analysis of texts to be able to understand essential grammar. We also show students how to use this knowledge of grammar in their own writing.
Wednesday 4.00pm-5.00pm with Mark