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English Language at Neston High School

Course description

Understanding the language used by you and others around you is a very important life skill. By analysing both how and why it is used in certain situations, you gain a greater understanding of how to use language effectively yourself. Have you ever wondered: Why does our language style change when we speak to different people? How does a conversation ‘work’: face to face, on the phone, an email or a text message? Are there differences in how men and women speak in the workplace? How do children learn to speak? Why do they say things like ‘I goed to school?’ At Neston, this four unit course helps you understand and analyse both the written and spoken language used by you and those around you.
It encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations.
The Coursework element at AS gives your child an opportunity to write creatively producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

AS English Language Unit 1:
Categorising Texts This unit covers the introductory aspects of the study of language. It introduces students to ways of exploring a variety of spoken and written texts. In addition, it focuses on three specific topic areas: Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology. 2 hour examination = 60% of the total AS marks (30% of the total A Level)
Unit 2: Creating Texts
In this unit, you will be encouraged to develop your writing skills to produce two pieces of work which will each be accompanied by a commentary. You will have the opportunity to write creatively producing writing in different genres and for a variety of audiences and purposes. Coursework = 40% of the total AS marks (20% of the total A Level) 2500-3000 words

A2 English Language Unit 3:
Developing Language
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed at AS level. In addition, students will focus on two new specific areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. Students will focus on how children learn language and how language changes over time. 2 ½ hours examination = 30% of the total A2 marks
Unit 4: Investigating Language
In this unit, you will apply the knowledge you learn during the course to explore and analyse language data in an area of individual interest. Students will produce two pieces of writing; a language investigation and an accompanying informative media text. Coursework = 20% of the total A2 marks 2500-3000 words

Entry requirements

5 A* - C with 1 C in English Language

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Neston High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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