English Language - A Level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College
Who is speaking? Why? How do they seek to control, manipulate or entertain through language? Why have texts been produced? How?
During your study you will develop the key analytical skills to successfully analyse and evaluate all types of English, across both spoken and written modes.
You will also use your knowledge to produce your own creative texts.
Expect to be challenged, to get to grips with grammar and to develop an insider’s knowledge of a constantly-developing subject.
You will be introduced to spoken language, and subjects studied also include the language of: creative writing; media (spoken and printed); the Internet; multi-modal texts; advertisements; politics; child language acquisition; accent and dialect; functional writing; texts over time (from 1500s to the present day); letters; gender differences; pidgins and creoles; theatre; occupations; the legal system; ethnic differences; world Englishes (such as American English)…and many more!
You will have the opportunity to study independently and to branch out into areas of personal interest, perhaps matching future career aspirations with your chosen area of study.
English Language is a versatile and very popular subject with students from all disciplines.
You will like this subject if you are interested in how language works, enjoy analysing texts closely and want to practise writing in many different ways. You will apply the theory that you learn to a wide range of written and spoken language.
Requirements: At least a grade 6 in English Language GCSE, and preferably a grade 6 in English Literature (although each candidate will be considered on an individual basis).
2 hour exam – worth 30% of overall grade
SECTION A SPOKEN LANGUAGE
1 comparison of 2 transcripts linked by genre
SECTION B LANGUAGE ISSUES
Choose one question from a choice of 3 on:
Language and gender; language and power; language and politeness; accent and dialect; child language acquisition
2 hour 15 minute exam – worth 30% of overall grade
SECTION A QUESTION 1
Language Change short questions (4 questions about specific features)
SECTION A QUESTION 2
Language Change comparison of 3 texts from different time periods, all linked by theme or genre
21st Century English – data set of text/facebook/twitter messages to analyse
1 hour 45 minute exam – worth 20% of overall grade
Choose one question to complete. Each question has 3 parts.
PARTS A and B
Write 2 extracts of fiction or non-fiction (various genres)
Write a commentary, analysing your own methods in one of your written pieces
COURSEWORK - worth 20% of overall grade)
2500-3500 word investigation
Choose your own topic, from:
Language and Gender
Language and Culture
Language and Self-representation
Conduct your own research and write your own question
English Language is versatile and past students have progressed to a wide range of careers including publishing; acting; journalism; media; law; international diplomacy; speech and language therapy; audiology; management; business and teaching.
The analytical, independent and creative skills you develop are highly regarded by a wide range of employers.
To find out more about this qualification, please contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Advisor or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
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