You will develop your skills as a producer and interpreter of the English language. You will gain an understanding of the methods used to analyse language; exploring data and examples of language in use. Topics include language and power, how children learn language, how language changes over time and how language reflects changes in technology and culture. This course will give you the opportunity to produce your own original writing, as well as independently conduct a language investigation.
At AS Level you will study 2 Components:
- In this unit you will engage with language use in different situations. Section A will focus specifically on the spoken language of the media. Section B is based on the study of written language. You will be introduced to how both spoken and written language is shaped by audience, purpose and context.
- In this unit you will be encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of language. You will have the opportunity to apply your analytical and creative skills. Section A is based on the study of a corpus of data. You will explore mini-texts linked by genre and/or topic and identify linguistic patterns and connections. In Section B you will produce one original piece of writing and a commentary. This section gives you the opportunity to think creatively and write with an awareness of audience, form and purpose.
Component 1: Analysis of Texts in Context
Component 2: Using Language
For the full A Level, you will build on the skills learnt at AS over Four Components, extending your linguistic skills.
- You will build on your AS skills to engage with language use in different situations and have opportunity to apply your critical skills and your language knowledge.
- This component encourages you to engage with language across time. It gives you the opportunity to apply your analytical skills and your knowledge of language change.
- This component will give you the opportunity to communicate in different ways and to explain how language is used to shape meaning.
- This component gives opportunities for you to select an aspect of study that interests you, related to the theme of language and identity. You are required to independently conduct a language investigation, to develop your methods of language analysis through research, data collection and interpretation and to select material that is culturally, personally and academically of interest to you.
Component 1: Language Concepts and Issues
Component 2: Language Change Over Time
Component 3: Creative and Critical Use of Language
Component 4: Language and Identity