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English Language at St Martin's School Brentwood

Course description

The course explores the key "linguistic frameworks" employed in textual analysis. These include grammar, lexis, phonology and graphology. Students study the differences between speech and writing and the principles that underpin the study of language. They will learn transcript conventions and analyse both written and spoken texts from a wide variety of sources (usually non-literary). They will develop a technical vocabulary through which to convey their understanding of how language is employed in different contexts.

Students complete a 2000 word coursework study, planning and writing texts for different contexts and audiences and commenting on the linguistic features they have employed. They will continue their exploration of the lexical, grammatical and phonological features of language use in a range of contemporary contexts and are introduced to key concepts regarding changes in the English language over time and some socio-linguistic factors that shape language.

In the second year, students study language topics including child language acquisition, language change over time, spelling, gender, accent and dialect and notions of "verbal hygiene". They will analyse varieties of English from a range of cultures and contexts, literary and non-literary, spoken and written. They will study socio-cultural, political and philosophical issues concerning language.

Entry requirements

English Language B

Also preferred: English Literature B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin's School Brentwood directly.

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years