Making exam preparation ‘Crystal’ clear

Pupils from Rainford High School’s sixth form have been working with the world-renowned linguist, David Crystal OBE to prepare for their upcoming A-level English language examinations.

David’s works include two encyclopaedias for Cambridge University Press, as well as a more recent Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation, published last year.

Renowned for his research on English language variation over time, which is a key part of the A-level English language syllabus, David has over 50 years’ experience in his field.

On the day, David delivered three informative sessions to compliment the school’s English language syllabus, talking pupils through ‘Shakespeare’s Tongue’, ‘Grammar Rules’, and ‘the History of English in 100 Words’.
Pupils were also joined in school by A-level students from Winstanley College, St Helens College and The Sutton Academy.

Ian Young, principal at Rainford High, said: “A-level examinations are the culmination of years of hard work and form a pivotal moment in pupils’ academic careers. That’s why it’s so important for us to provide as many opportunities as possible to prepare students for this final hurdle, and find innovative ways to make sure that they enter the exam room with full confidence.

“I am certain that David’s visit will have consolidated the English language group’s knowledge of their subject, and sparked relevant and authentic discussion between pupils before they head into the final exam.”

English language sixth form student, Mark Porter, said: “I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest; I was hoping he was going to live up to the hype that Miss Dyer, our Key Stage 5 manager, had given. I can safely say he did!

“The session has really helped me to prepare for my exams and I have also come away from the event feeling truly inspired.”

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