English Lit Materials

The English Literature syllabus is attached below.  Here are some highlights.


Paper 1: Set Texts – Open Books

2 hours 15 minutes

This paper has three sections: Drama, Prose and Poetry. Candidates answer one question from each

section. All questions carry equal marks. Candidates may take their set texts into the exam, but these texts

must not contain personal annotations, highlighting or underlining.

On each set text, candidates have a choice of three questions as follows:

• Poetry – one passage-based question and two essay questions.

• Drama – one passage-based question, one essay question, one ‘empathic’ question (see below for more

details).

• Prose – as for Drama.

Candidates must answer at least one passage-based question and at least one essay-based question.

‘Empathic’ questions address the same assessment objectives as the essay and passage-based questions.

These questions test knowledge, understanding and response, but give candidates the opportunity to

engage more imaginatively with the text by assuming a suitable ‘voice’ (i.e. a manner of speaking for a

specific character).

Passage-based questions ask candidates to re-read a specific passage or poem from the set text before

answering. The chapter, scene or page reference will be given on the exam paper (references to several

available editions will be provided if necessary). 

All questions encourage an informed personal response and test all assessment objectives. This means that

candidates will have to demonstrate:

• their personal response, sometimes directly (answering questions such as ‘What do you think?’, ‘What

are your feelings about…?’) and sometimes by implication (such as ‘Explore the ways in which…’);

• their knowledge of the text through the use of close reference to detail and use of quotations from the

text;

• their understanding of characters, relationships, situations and themes;

• their understanding of the writer’s intentions and methods, and response to the writer’s use of

language.


Paper 2: Coursework portfolio

Candidates submit a portfolio of two assignments.

• Each assignment should be between 600–1000 words and should be based on the study of one

complete text, equivalent in scope and demand to a set text on Paper 1.

• The assignments must be on different texts.

• One of the assignments (but not two) may be on a text prepared for Paper 1. (There is no requirement

to include work on a Paper 1 text.)

Assignments can be handwritten, typed or word processed.

The phrasing of each assignment’s title must allow for assessment in relation to all the Assessment

Objectives.

Coursework is assessed and marked by the Centre, and a sample is submitted for external moderation by

CIE. 


There are four Assessment Objectives (AOs) and candidates are assessed on their ability to:

AO1: Show detailed knowledge of the content of literary texts in the three main forms (Drama, Poetry, and

Prose);

AO2: Understand the meanings of literary texts and their contexts, and explore texts beyond surface

meanings to show deeper awareness of ideas and attitudes;

AO3: Recognise and appreciate ways in which writers use language, structure, and form to create and shape

meanings and effects;

AO4: Communicate a sensitive and informed personal response to literary texts.


Grade Descriptions:

Grade A 

A Grade A candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

• sustain a perceptive and convincing response with well-chosen detail of narrative

and situation;

• demonstrate clear critical/analytical understanding of the author’s intentions and

the text’s deeper implications and the attitudes it displays;

• make much well-selected reference to the text;

• respond sensitively and in detail to the way language works in the text;

• communicate a considered and reflective personal response to the text.

Grade C 

A Grade C candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

• make a reasonably sustained/extended response with detail of narrative and

situation;

• show understanding of the author’s intentions and some of the text’s deeper

implications and the attitudes it displays;

• show some thoroughness in use of the text for support;

• make some response to the way language works in the text;

• communicate an informed personal response to the text.

Grade F 

A Grade F candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:

• make a few straightforward points in terms of narrative and situation;

• show a few signs of understanding of the author’s intentions and the surface

meanings of the text;

• make a little reference to the text;

• show evidence of a simple personal response to the text.

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