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English Language at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS Units:

Unit 1: ENGB1 (Categorising Texts) - For this module, you will learn the linguistic frameworks, terminology and approaches which will allow you to analyse many different varieties of spoken and written language. You will learn about:
* Accents and dialects
* Varieties of spoken language
* Standard and non standard English
* Language and technology
* Theories of language and gender
* Language and power

Unit 2: ENGB2 (Creating Texts) - For this module, you will produce two pieces of original writing, and a linguistic commentary on the writing process. You will be supported and guided by your class teacher, but will have a free choice of task. Popular choices include magazine feature articles, play or TV scripts, speeches, websites or the opening to a genre novel.

A2 Units:

Unit 3: ENGB3 (Developing Language) - For this module you will study two new areas of language:
* Language Change. This is the study of how and why the English Language has changed over the centuries.
* Language Acquisition. This is the study of how children learn to speak and write, the features of early language, and how children learn.

Unit 4: ENGB4 (Investigating Language) - For this module you will research an area of interest. You will become an expert in your chosen field, and you will conduct your own piece of original research. Finally, you will write a media article which translates your expert knowledge into an article for the average reader. You will have the full support of your teacher, but you will be expected to make a lot of choices for yourself. Previous choices include the differences in conversation between a group of boys and girls, the language of Facebook, or the changing language of soap operas.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C in English Language at GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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

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