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English Language

Why English Language?

The course will appeal to students who would be interested in the following:

  • Journalism and the language of the media
  • Language of non-fiction writing
  • The process of writing creatively in a range of genre
  • Political language

Summary of content

This specification is designed to foster learners’ independence as they explore English language in a variety of contexts. It provides learners with opportunities to develop a wide and deep knowledge of the systems of the English language and of issues relating to language and its uses. Throughout this course learners are presented with opportunities to develop their own creativity, both in the ways they think about language and in the ways they develop expertise in using language to communicate in different ways.

The specification provides a framework for learners to develop their appreciation of the interconnectedness of the different areas of language study. As learners progress, they are given the opportunity to hone their skills of interrogating data, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, synthesis and reflection. Across all units, they are introduced to concepts and methods of the disciplines of English language/linguistics in relation to a wide range of spoken and written forms of English, including electronic and multimodal forms.

Units

AS - Unit 1 - Exploring Language

Written examination: 1¾ hours

This unit encourages learners to engage with language use in different situations. It gives them the opportunity to apply their critical skills and their language knowledge.

There are two sections, each containing one compulsory question. Candidates must answer both questions.

Section A: Analysing language

Candidates are required to answer one question. Section A is based on the study of spoken and written texts, and covers a range of different contexts. It is designed to introduce learners to the ways in which speakers and writers use language to shape meaning in the light of different audiences, purposes and contexts.

Section B: Contemporary English

Section B is based on the study of the ways in which language is used distinctively in the twenty-first century. It is designed to introduce learners to the ways in which language is evolving to meet the needs of its users.

AS - Unit 2 - Language Issues and Original and Critical Writing

Written examination: 2 hours

This unit encourages learners to engage with language issues and to use language creatively.

Candidates are required to answer one question in three parts. Candidates must choose to complete either Question 1 or Question 2. In each question, there are three parts.

  • Part (a): Language issues
  • Part (b): Original writing
  • Part (c): Critical writing

A2 - Unit 3 - Language over Time

Written examination: 1½ hours

This unit encourages learners to engage with language across time. It gives them the opportunity to apply their analytical skills and their knowledge of language change. This unit is based on the study of unseen written texts from different periods, linked by genre. It is designed to introduce learners to orthography, etymology, and to lexical, semantic and grammatical changes in context.

There will be three texts, none earlier than 1500. There will be two questions.

A2 - Unit 4 - Spoken Language and Creative Re-casting

Written examination: 2 hours

This unit encourages learners to engage with spoken language and to produce an original piece of writing. It is designed to give them opportunities to apply their analytical skills and to communicate creatively in different ways.

There are two sections of equal weight, each comprising one compulsory question.

Candidates must answer both questions.

  • Section A: Analysing spoken language
  • Section B: Creative re-casting

A2 - Unit 5 - Language and Identity

Non-examination assessment: 2500-3500 words

This unit gives opportunities for language research which has a personal relevance. It is designed to engage learners with the theme of language and identity.

Learners must select one of the following four areas for the language investigation.

  1. Language and self-representation
  2. Language and gender
  3. Language and culture
  4. Language diversity

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