Ideas for English takes account of practical needs which have arisen in the classroom, in particular the need to give clearer guidance through the text. The book adopts a unitary approach to 'language' and 'literature', and accommodates recent developments in GCSE. The material featured is intrinsically enjoyable and worthwhile, using complete stories, poems and other pieces of prose. The great variety of texts used reflects ethnic diversity and other aspects of contemporary culture, without displacing literature which offers more traditional perspectives. The activities are wide-ranging and encourage both oral and written responses, catering for both individual study and group or class work.