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English Language at The Long Eaton School

Course description


Students will:

  •  Study a range of texts, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Look at how children learn and use language
  • Look at individual use of language, and factors that affect it
  • Analyse texts using a range of linguistic frameworks
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of context
  •  Look at how concepts and ideas are represented in different discourses
  • Look at how meaning is created in a variety of texts
  • Study how language changes over time
  • Look at different varieties of English

Course content


Language, the individual and society (Exam, 40%)

  • Children’s language development
  • How different subjects and ideas are represented differently
  • Methods of language analysis, such as semantics, grammar, discourse, lexical choices and phonology

Language diversity and change (Exam, 40%)

  • How and why language changes
  • Why there are so many varieties of English
  • Attitudes to different types of English
  • Language change over time and the origins of English

Language in action (Coursework, 20%)

Students complete an investigation about an area of language that interests them. Previous studies have included:

  • representations of different individuals, social groups or nationalities
  • regional dialect
  • gendered talk
  • the language of new communication technologies
  • Children’s language use
  • norms and variations in usages of different kinds
  • the language of the media
  • code switching and mixing between English and other languages
  • the language of different occupations or pastimes
  • historical changes in English over time.

Students will then produce one piece of original writing based on one of the following three areas:

  • the power of persuasion
  • the power of storytelling
  • the power of information and one accompanying commentary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Long Eaton School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September