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EEK! i chose advaced higher english!


Posted 06 June 2006 - 02:55 PM

do you think this is a good idea? obviously it depends on the results in august, but im pretty confident about english!


Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:25 PM

personally i cant see why anyone would wish to do english beyond SG tongue.gif

but you will know yourself if this a good idea smile.gif


Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:13 PM

QUOTE(dehny @ Jun 6 2006, 04:25 PM) View Post

personally i cant see why anyone would wish to do english beyond SG tongue.gif

i agree

and yeah, you'll know early on if you've made the right choice wink.gif


Posted 08 June 2006 - 08:54 AM

I hear the course is very flexible...you choose 3 units out of 8 possible ones or something. Sounded like banter, but I didn't know if I could stand our English department for another year.


Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE(ermdeviation @ Jun 8 2006, 09:54 AM) View Post

I hear the course is very flexible...you choose 3 units out of 8 possible ones or something. Sounded like banter, but I didn't know if I could stand our English department for another year.

Yeh you have to do two of them (mandatory) and you chose one unit from a possible 6 or something. Were chosing Creative Writing or something.

The Dissertation looks daunting though


Posted 08 June 2006 - 04:31 PM

want to hear a funny story. I know a guy who got a C at higher in english in S5 and did AH in S6.

can anyone guess what grade he got?

yip he got an A!!!!!!!!!(band 1 as well apparently)


Posted 09 June 2006 - 10:35 PM

I'm doing that too, and not quite sure what I've let myself into but I'm enjoying it so far. Going by what last year's sixth years at my school said, it seems to be a good course. smile.gif


Posted 10 June 2006 - 09:38 AM

i know me either, obviously its based upon the results i get! we're doing Tess of the d'Urbervilles just now, what are you doing?

no ones done advanced higher english in years in my school lol!

infact none of last years did any advanced highers last year, well our year was the best results they'd had in 7 years ! rolleyes.gif


Posted 11 June 2006 - 09:28 AM

I'm doing AH English too and it looks quite interesting so far. My teachers are really enthusiastic, which always helps.


Posted 14 June 2006 - 02:07 PM

We've got about 10 people doing A.H. English this year...good times lol. Our class has started looking at "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, and we're currently looking at texts for the dissertation. I'm thinking of doing something along the following lines: i) A comparison/contrast between "The Wasp Factory" and "American Psycho" (possibly with "Naked Lunch" by J.G. Ballard), dealing with how both/all the authors explore the dark side of human nature, or ii) A comaparison/contrast between "American Psycho" and "Fight Club", dealing with how both authors explore nihilism/the modern material-centric culture through characterisation. Oh aye, steal my ideas and you'll be getting pimp-slapped tongue.gif Tell me what you think of them.


Posted 14 June 2006 - 02:34 PM

I was planning doing something similar last year - examining how authors explore the dark side of human nature - but with different texts! However, my teacher wasn't all that impressed - so now I think I might do Daniel Deronda and Middlemarch by George Eliot. We did Tennessee Williams too - personally i thought Streetcar was better than The Glass Menagerie!


Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:03 PM

Nah, I disagree. Streetcar is the work of the devil...our Higher class last year also studied it (but this year, we're going into more depth with it). Our teacher had to leave last year to take on the role of Deputy Head of the school, so we were stuck with another English teacher who'd never taught a Higher class before. Great guy, but it made things a lot harder overall. Too many bad memories from last year lol...

As for the dissertation, I'm leaning more towards the second idea. I spoke with my English teacher earlier today about doing the "dark side of human nature" thing, and he told me it was perfectly feasible. Then, while he was going on about the nihilism at the core of "American Psycho", I remembered the film "Fight Club". Got home, and remembered it was based on a novel. So...yeah lol. Get his veiw on that tomorrow.


Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:10 PM

Why is it the work of the devil?! The stage effects are more interesting in The Glass Menagerie, but I definitely preferred Streetcar - although both are good.

Well, maybe it was the texts, rather than the topic, I chose that weren't that good! Can't remember what they were now...twas last year after all!


Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:23 PM

As a play, it's pretty good. I still prefer The Glass Menagerie, although I can see what you mean about the stage effects in Streetcar. It's not the tect itself; rather the way it was taught to us.

Our teacher, last year, thought it would be a good idea to show us the movie before we started studying it in order for us to have basic grasp of the plot. Then, having woken up one day, he somehow decided that us watching the movie would be a good idea whenever he felt he couldn't be bothered teaching (happened about 10 times throughout the year). And he'd always start it from the beginning, which got really annoying. Add to that the fact that he was off at least once a month, during which the cover teachers would decide to show us the movie...from the beginning.

Also, when going over it in class, he would tend to repeat the same things. A lot. After a while, it got pretty annoying.


Posted 12 July 2006 - 03:08 PM

Hey ho kiddos,
Advanced Higher English is lots of fun. I had an awful teacher, but I really enjoyed doing the course and completely ignoring her at the same time. Anyway, I recommend doing the Creative Writing part as it cuts down your actual exam time massively (which is extremely useful considering English is always the first exam so you've got time to focus on other subjects or on your texts) and that you really study hard on either the poetry/play/prose and pretty much forget about the other two, because there's no way you can know three books, at least 10 poems and two plays inside out by the end of your AH course.

The creative writing is pretty easy really, just write a couple of stories, I recommend reading some short story collections if you're doing one of those too. It's probably where I feel that I performed worst in the whole course but I did both my peices the weekend before the deadline so what do I expect smile.gif

The dissertation seems daunting and to be fair, it's probably more work academically than you've ever done before, but as long as you enjoy reading and you are interested in your books, its really quite an enjoyable thing to do. I know some people in my class got annoyed with doing loads of redrafts and changing massive parts they'd worked really hard on though, so I guess that could be frustraiting. Mines was pretty much perfect on the first draft so I wouldnt know tongue.gif but I did make some changes of my own accord.

But its a reasonably relaxed, enjoyable course. I'd say do it if you've got enough time to focus on the dissertation, I only took AH English and two other Highers so I had plenty of time to read the texts and get really indepth with my analysis in the dissertation, but if I'd had more to do last year then it wouldn't have been so easy.

With regards to the person who got a C at Higher and an A at Advanced, that's no real suprise. Higher is different in many respects to Advanced Higher and its a lot less crammed somehow. There were people in my class who got C's at Higher and who've probably got B's at least for Advanced (touch wood). I got an A at Higher, only dropped 12 marks or something in the whole exam, but I failed the prelim that year, got like 26% or something, so past performances are not always the best thing to judge someone on. I passed the AH prelim (only prelim I've ever passed actually) with a C (despite not having read the text I was asked to write on laugh.gif ) but I have no doubt I've performed better than that in the main exam having wrote on poetry and having my dissertation mark to fall back on!

Also, to the person who was studying the duality of human nature (or something along those lines) then I'd recommend Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, it's a short text that your marker will be reasonably familar with and I found it quite good to read and there is *loads* of stuff you can write about, absolutely loads. Plus there's plenty of resources which is always helpful.

And to Claire, whose studying Tess of d'Urbervilles, that's probably the best book I've ever read. I studied that, Jude the Obscure and Far From the Madding Crowd for my dissertation and it really was a pleasure to read and was deffinitely the best out of the three. What other Hardy text are you doing? I've also read the Mayor of Casterbridge. I've got some good books with Hardy essays I could recommend and I can send you a copy of my dissertation if you want, which will only really be helpful if you're studying FFTMC or Jude as well though but it could give you some ideas of an alternative perspective of Tess' character! My dissertation focus was something like "A comparative literary study of Thomas Hardy’s presentation of women. Specifically the female protagonists in Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure and Tess of d’Urbervilles."

Good luck to everyone sitting AH English this year smile.gif


Posted 12 May 2007 - 01:47 PM

Random question: do you have to do close reading for AH English?
i was considering taking it next year because i heard you don't do close reading, and thats what pulls my grade down because i can do the essays.


Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:05 PM

ye i was told that you dont do any close reading. you just do essays in the final exam you do something that is kind of like a project that you do over the year which accounts for a certain % of your final grade


Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:16 PM

Oh great thanks!, i reckon if i pass my higher then im going to have a try at advanced.

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