classes from September 2015. Image: Amaru Don TV.
As of September British rapper Dizzee Rascal’s words will be studied as texts by students across the UK as part of newly revised English A-level syllabuses.
In a bid to diversify and update what could be considered a stagnant syllabus, the rapper, along with comedian and social commentator Russell Brand, will be taught as examples of how the English language can be used in various ways in different contexts.
Among the texts studied will be an interview between Dizzee Rascal and Jeremy Paxman on the night when Barack Obama was announced as the new President of the United States. Rascal told Paxman: “I don’t think he could have done it without hip-hop.”
Although plans to include the rapper – real name Dylan Mills – and Brand initially were met with some objections and sparked controversy, exams regulator Ofqual has approved the texts as appropriate for study.
The head of OCR’s A-level overhaul, Paul Dodd, has expressed his positive approval of the new syllabus, which will reflect the more broad uses of modern English. “We are delighted that Ofqual has accredited this fresh and exciting new specification,” said Mr Dodd.