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English Language at All Hallows Catholic College

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate what we take for granted - the English language. Thus it explores the many forms and functions of the spoken and written language. One only has to open a daily newspaper or listen to the news to realise that there is constant debate over our language: are standards of English dropping? Is MSN/text speak taking over? An 'A' level English language student would be able to contribute many informed opinions to such debates.

Many theoretical aspects of language use will be addressed ranging from language and gender, (Do men swear more than women?) Language and power (Can politicians really influence us through what they say?) Language acquisition (Why do we change our talk when speaking to children and say things like 'Look at the moo cow'!!?) to language change (where did the words 'chocoholic', 'togs' and 'Frankenstein foods' come from?)

The course also gives students the opportunity to produce a range of creative writing in different styles and genres. This includes scriptwriting for soap operas, travel writing, autobiographical writing, fairytales and dramatic monologues. We also look at editiorial writing which is great for any aspiring journalists.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's A* - C inc. English Language Grade C, English Literature Grade C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact All Hallows Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

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