Judging by the furore surrounding the last-minute marking down of GCSE English Language examinations this year, I thought it might be interesting to put the old scanner to work and show you the English Language examinations I took at age 16, way back in 1979. In those days the GCSE hadn’t been invented yet, and instead we had two different systems GCE O Level (which I took) and CSE. Anyway, these be the papers what I sat.
The one thing that surprises me a little in retrospect is the considerable emphasis on poetry in the second paper, which I now think would belong more in an English Literature paper. However, there’s no doubt that my schooldays instilled in me a lifelong love of poetry and for that I won’t complain at all…
I’d be very interested in any comments about the difference in style and content between these and modern-day GCSE English Language.
P.S. If you’re wondering what happened to Page 2 of Paper 1, it’s completely blank so I didn’t scan it.Follow @telescoper