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A Level English Language and Literature Combined at The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy

Course description

Students who are interested in communication; who have a love of language and a passion for literature; those who enjoy reading, analysing, discussing and writing. This A Level is about how the words we use in various contexts in life can shape the way we view the world, and the way the world views us. By the end of the course you will have developed your own ability to communicate effectively and with sophistication as well as having learnt about some of our most eminent speakers and writers, from Shakespeare to Barack Obama!

Unit 1: ELLA1 – Integrated Analysis and Text Production

This unit introduces the combined language and literature analysis by developing your ability to write fluently and coherently using accurate terminology to support your analysis of a set text. You study two set texts, using one as the basis for conventional literary study, and the other as a starting point for a piece of creative language production.

Unit 2 ELLA2 – Analysing Speech and Its Representation

In this unit, you will study speech in a variety of situations. You will build on your English Language GCSE study of speech by focusing on spontaneous speech and the way conversations work in various situations. You also study a further set text, focusing on the way an author represents speech in a prepared text such as a novel. The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes and you will be required to answer two questions. The first question will require an analytical comparison of unseen spoken texts. The second question will focus on speech representation and stylistic and linguistic issues within the set text, with a short section of the text printed to provide a basis for close analysis.

Unit 3 ELLA3 – Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation

The first unit in Year 13 focuses on the skill of analysis and takes a production task from the set text A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad: Don George and Anthony Sattin. It is examined by a written Paper of 2 hours 30 minutes.

Unit 4 ELLA4: Comparative Analysis Through Independent Study

The final ELLA unit is worth 20% of the A Level and is coursework. You will be given a free choice of question based on two set texts, one of which will be poetry. You will write about 2000-2500 word. Poets studied in the past include: Billy Collins, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost and Philip Larkin

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years