English OL

English-LC-OLTop 5 Tips

1. Be familiar with the features of the different language types: narration, argument, persuasion, information and aesthetic. Practise writing in these different language types as regularly as possible.

2. For the Single Text question on Paper 2, be prepared to answer questions on plot, themes, setting and characters.

3. Be familiar with the headings for the Comparative Study and what they mean. Prepare some key moments from your chosen texts for the Comparative Study.

4. Prepare for questions in the Prescribed Poetry section by focusing on themes, language and your own response.

5. Identify any weaknesses you may have in spelling and grammar and work at improving them before the exam.

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About the Author

Mary Slattery

Mary Slattery has taught English at Junior and Senior levels for over thirty years and currently teaches in Scoil Chaitriona, Glasnevin, Dublin. Her qualifications include an M.A. and a Higher Diploma in Education.

Since 1994, Mary has written several textbooks for Edco, including Seekers and Catchers. She has also co-written the Discovery series of Leaving Certificate anthologies and notes with Dr. Patrick Murray and Dr. Kevin McDermott.

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