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English Language

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a fascinating and stimulating course that explores a number of issues relating to written and spoken English. Students will develop a range of skills both analytical and creative. Students will have the opportunity to read and write about a range of different texts and they will also be able to develop their own skills of original writing for different audiences and purposes. There is a strong emphasis on lively discussion and group work with the aim to enhance students' confidence and ability to express opinions both in speech and writing.

 

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:

Unit 1: Categorising Texts

(1 hour and 30 minutes exam)

This unit will be assessed by an examination that requires students to complete two written tasks. The first essay will require a comparison of a range of spoken and written texts. The second task will relate to one of the following themes: Language and Gender; Language and Power or Language and Technology.

Unit 2: Creating Texts

This is a coursework unit that consists of creating two pieces of original writing for different audiences and purposes. Each text will have a commentary, explaining the linguistic choices made in the writing. The total length of the texts produced will be between 1500 and 3000 words.

A2 UNITS:

Unit 3: Developing Language

(2 hour exam)

This unit will be assessed by an examination that will focus on the two topics of Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. The way children from the ages of 0-11 years learn to speak, read and write will be studied. The language change section will explore changes in written and spoken English use from 1700 to the present day.

 Unit 4: Investigating Language

This is a coursework module that requires students to produce a 2000-4000 word research project on an area of their choice. Candidates may choose a topic covered in the rest of the course or an original one of their own.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

A qualification in this subject provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of courses that study English Language or Linguistics at a higher level, and a sound basis for careers in journalism, speech therapy and teaching.

 

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who study this subject will normally achieve A* to C grades in a range of subjects including at least a B grade in English Language.