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Sociolinguistics (English Language)


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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: AQA A-Level English Language

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

(2 hour and 30 minutes exam)

As in Paper 1 above, plus study of how language develops in young children including spoken, written and multimodal language use, covering a number of theories and issues surrounding this. The exam additionally requires a discursive essay on a given issue, based on a small data sample.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

(2 hour and 30 minutes exam)

This is unit involves studying how the English Language has changed over time and the global diversity within it. It includes evaluative analysis of these issues, with elements of creative writing and analysis of how texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions.

Coursework: Language in Action

This is a coursework module that requires students to produce a 2000 word research project on an area of their choice and a 1500 piece of original writing with commentary. 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 Grade 6, but in exceptional circumstances a 5 will be considered with the permission of the Subject Leader of English.

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