Welcome to English Language
Why choose this course?
The study of the English Language is an exciting opportunity to study English in its various forms and contexts. Language is both a creative tool for expression and a means for social connection. By studying A Level English Language, you will develop a critical awareness of the world around you.
Do you want to utilise your communication and analytical skills? English Language will facilitate you when navigating through your professional and personal life. Not only that, but it will also help you adapt your skillset for various potential careers in areas such as law, film, journalism, teaching, sales or marketing.
The course develops a wide range of skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment, such as critical reading, different writing skills and the ability to develop and sustain arguments. During the course you will also develop excellent communication, problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills. As well as be able to confidently research independently which can benefit future academic studies or research-based jobs.
An A Level in English Language is highly valued by employers as an internationally recognised qualification in a core subject. As well as this, there is clear skill progression from GCSE, and the course allows you to build on the skills you already gained, whilst helping prepare you for the next steps.
Course Content/Main Topics
You will study and analyse a range of texts: about various subjects, from various writers and speakers, for various audiences, for various purposes and in a variety of genres. These will span different modes, time periods and places.
You will develop your understanding of a range of methods of language analysis. These include:
1. phonetics, phonology and prosodics: how speech sounds and effects are articulated and analysed
2. graphology: the visual aspects of textual design and appearance
3. lexis and semantics: the vocabulary of English, including social and historical variation
4. grammar, including morphology: the structural patterns and shapes of English at sentence, clause, phrase and word level
5. pragmatics: the contextual aspects of language use
6. discourse: extended stretches of communication occurring in different genres, modes and contexts.
You will also study a unit on the function of children’s language looking at: phonological, pragmatic, lexical, semantic and grammatical development and different genres of speech and writing.
For your non examined assessment, you will be asked to choose a personal investigation that could cover one of the following topics:
• representations of different individuals, social groups or nationalities
• regional dialect
• gendered talk
• the language of new communication technologies
• children’s language use
• norms and variations in usages of different kinds
• the language of the media
• code switching and mixing between English and other languages
• the language of different occupations or pastimes
• historical changes in English over time.
This will be decided by yourself and your A Level teacher and will be an independent study.
Careers and Higher Education
A Levels in English Language give opportunities for further study at undergraduate level in a range of subjects: English Language/Literature degrees, Law, Creative Writing, Humanities: history and Geography amongst others.
English qualifications are incredibly useful for many careers, but particularly for working in journalism and publishing, education and training, counselling and social services, marketing sales and advertising and management.
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
40% of A Level 100 marks
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
Paper 2: Language, diversity and change
40% of A level
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language in Action 20% of A level
A language investigation of 2000 words
A piece of original writing and commentary – 1500 words
At least grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE
Mrs. P. Jones
Mrs. G. Tilley
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