Course Overview for Leaving Cert English, Higher Level
- Comprehending the comprehension: Language study and the skills involved in approaching Question A
- Learning to love Larkin: A detailed discussion of the central preoccupations of Philip Larkin
- ‘Something wicked this way comes’: An overview of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, focusing on characters, central themes and key moments
- Preparing for Question B: Planning, drafting and composing functional writing tasks including diaries, letters, reviews, articles and speeches
- How to manage the modes: A quick-fire approach to dealing with the three comparative texts under the modes of comparison: Theme/Issue, General Vision and Viewpoint and Cultural Context
- Dickinson’s fascination with death: An exploration of Emily Dickinson’s unique style and her exploration of the macabre
- How to handle Heaney: An exploration of love, history and memories in the poetry of Seamus Heaney
- The Essay: An overview of personal essays, speeches/articles and short stories. Exemplars discussed. What does the examiner want on the day?
*All students are asked to bring exam papers and a poetry anthology to the course.