This course encourages you to develpp an interest in and enjoyment of the English language through analysis how spoken and written language are used, the way that language is learnt and how it has evolved over time. The course seeks to highlight the way culturual and social shifts in gender, power and technology have influenced and altered the way we communicate.
Students will develop their understanding of the way a text's purpose, context and intended audience impacts upon the language used through the study of a variety of text types and the production and analysis of their own writing.
Is English Language for me?
You need to be able to research independently and have the enthusiasm and self-motivation to set your own areas of study. This course is one that both encourages and requres lively interaction and will change the way you look at how we communicate forever.
How will I learn?
You will analyse the use of spoken and written language through focus on specific areas such as grammar, lexis and dialect. You will study a variety of texts taken from everyday sources and you will be expected to evaluate and explore language use in regular classroom discussion as well as written tasks.
You will spend time analysing language in action in a wide range of situations such as interviews, debates, television programmes and advertising. You will also be expected to complete independent research and wider reading in preparation for the more autonomous aspects of the course.
You will be required to complete one coursework assignment and one examination for both the AS and A2 years. The coursework component at AS Level consists of two pieces of original writing and two commentaries on these pieces.
At A2 Level the coursework is comprised of an independent language investigation on an area of specific individual interest and a media text, which highlights the language ideas and issues surrounding your chosen topic.
The examinations will assess your ability to evaluate unseen texts at AS and will focus on your knowledge of language aquisition in children and the development of and changes in English over time.
5 GCSEs at A*-C, including B in English Language.