Inspiring reasoning and rhymes
Inspiration through poetry has been a theme for the English Department recently.
Award-winning poets, Sinead Morrissey and Ian Duhig, inspired English A level students as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival. Students were successful in the poetry competition ‘Message to a Poem’ (part of the festival) the following students were shortlisted for the award, Camilla Langdon, previously at The Petersfield School, Jenny Cooper, previously at Weydon School and Vivien Thirkettle, previously at Perins School. English students also attended the Forward National Poetry Award Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank in London to see professional poets awarded prestigious prizes.
The English Department held lectures for Year 11 pupils from Amery Hill School and Eggar’s School who are planning tonstudy English at A level. Alton College offers A levels in English Language, English Literature and the combined English Language & Literature, all of which cover a varied range of analytical study of the subject. The lectures were designed for pupils aiming for the top grades at GCSE and who would like to extend their understanding of English. The sessions included a lecture on the poetry of Sinead Morrissey; one of Britain’s foremost modern poets. This helped to extend pupils’ analytical skills in preparation for the GCSE exam, and gave them a taste of studying English Literature at A level. They also enjoyed an English Language lecture on Gender as an introduction to the Language A level course which is completely different to English Language at GCSE. The third session of creative writing and literary adaptation is the type of activity conducted by students following the combined Language & Literature A level course. The lectures were designed to give the school pupils an experience of university style teaching and feel inspired to continue their studies in English at Alton College.
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