The DQE Method for Reading

About The DQE Method for students of IGCSE and GCSE English Language

The English Language examinations include tests of reading and these tests are partly to do with understanding a passage or passages from fiction/non-fiction texts. However, they are mostly to do with how the writer has crafted their text (how it has been presented) and the effect on the reader. Students are expected to know a range of literary, punctuation and rhetorical devices. In their answers, they must select a word or phrase from the text to illustrate the device and they must discuss the effect on the reader. They may also be asked to compare the ideas and writers’ craft in two texts.

The question papers and mark schemes are constructed around Assessment Objectives (AOs). They are what the student is being tested on and marked on in the examinations. All examinations include AOs for reading skills and in order to achieve the highest marks, it is essential for the student to know what they are being tested on, so they can answer correctly. Students are marked only on their reading skills in tests of reading, not their written skills.

Students should prepare for all aspects of the tests of reading, including learning a range of devices, how to embed a short quotation into their answer, how to write about the effect on the reader and how to compare two texts. Before the examination, students should work out their timings for the Reading Section based on the marks awarded and practise writing about a text at speed to ensure they perform to the best of their ability in the examination.

The benefits of The DQE Method tutorials for students of IGCSE and GCSE English Language

These tutorials cover all elements of the Reading Section that the student is required to know for successful completion of the examination. They include my trade-marked DQE Method, which I devised especially for students to help them attain the highest marks and grades. I explain in specific detail how to answer questions on the writer’s craft, how to evaluate a text and how to write about the effect on the reader. This enables the student to answer correctly in order to achieve the highest marks. The tutorials also include demonstrations of how to analyse a text and also how to write up their answers, with downloadable materials for the student to use as they watch the videos. There is guidance on how to revise for the Reading Section and how to improve their marks. This empowers the student to perform to the best of their ability in their examinations.

Elements included in The DQE Method tutorials for students of IGCSE and GCSE English Language:

  • An Introduction to The DQE Method 
    This is a guide to my trade-marked process, which unlocks textual analysis.
  • How to use The DQE Method 
    Applying The DQE Method to texts in an examination is explained to the student.
  • How to answer the ‘Unseen’ text
    This is a demonstration of how to analyse a text and how to write up an answer, with downloadable materials so the student can practise.
  • Evaluating texts
    Some of the Mark Schemes include a requirement to evaluate a text; this is explained and demonstrated with a downloadable handout.
  • Improving your grades
    In this tutorial, the difference between grades/marks is explained and demonstrated with a downloadable handout to support students in fulfilling their potential.

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The following tutorials are also included to provide the student with the complete range of tuition in order to succeed in the examination.

Core Skills for Students
of IGCSE and GCSE English Language

The Core Skills tutorials provide the student with teaching on the fundamental elements on which they will be assessed in the English Language examination. This series comprises 5 sections covering all elements from how to write a letter, to exam techniques and revision skills.

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