English at school is something that constantly frustrates me. I don’t know exactly if it’s the way it’s taught, or if it’s the fact that I just don’t enjoy it, or both, but I DON’T HAVE FUN.
As you might have guessed, I love to read and write and everything else wordy! They’re some of my absolute favourite things and I don’t know where I’d be without them. But this definitely doesn’t translate into a love for GCSE English as some people might think…
My major issue with my current class is that I don’t particularly enjoy the text we’re studying. (Spies by Michael Frayn.) Obviously this is different for everyone exam board but I just DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE STUDYING IT. It’s deathly boring and the writing style is…really weird? I kind of like the things going on with memory and perspective but apart from that I’m just meh.
I genuinely wish that we could study something more inspiring — I understand that it has to be complex enough to study or whatever, but there are SO MANY great books out there! Heck, there are some far better “typical classic/literary/GCSE English-y” books. This one is just a complete bore.
I’m not sure if I’d enjoy analysing texts more if it were a text I enjoyed. Perhaps I just don’t really enjoy analysis! (Which obviously is fine.) But I do quite like reading analysis things about books I enjoy. Like, sometimes I actively go and read academic-y articles because they’re interesting. Can our English lessons please just…be more like Witch, Please. (I KNOW. I know I talk about it a lot. BUT I LOVE IT.)
I really wish that there was more scope to be creative in English. I understand that later things sort of separate out into literature and language but it frustrates me that we haven’t really done much free creative writing work since, like, year 7. (Oh my god, I WISH I could go back and redo that poetry book assignment. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.)
I’m not all the way through the course yet, but it is a bit frustrating to not really enjoy something that I think I should like. Although I’m sorry but – the rules on comma splicing are SO HARSH. Even the set text would only get a Band 6 haha. Sorry, Michael Frayn. There’s a bit of a grey area that so many authors cross but our exam board is like NOPE.
I think we spend quite a lot of time listening to the teacher analyse without actually getting the tools for analysis – and I do love my teacher, but still. I also think it’d be really fun to look at more popular culture or modern stuff, because they are cool too. But I feel like that’s not very likely to happen, alas. It’s all just about improving the grades.
Having said all this: I definitely could have a better mindset! Writing this post did actually give me a bit of enthusiasm for being more positive about English. Part of it is also that I have a set idea in my mind and I just switch off during lessons when I decide it’s not fun. I’ve actually been enjoying it a bit more recently now that I’ve been actively trying to engage, so, who knows. PERHAPS THIS COMPLAINING WILL HAVE RESULTED IN SOMETHING.