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English language and literature

English language - A level

Year 12

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand terminology needed for close textual analysis.
  • Explore mode and genre in spoken and written texts.
  • Develop an understanding of text producers and receivers.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style essays linked to analysing texts.

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts. Revising terminology.

Term 1.2
  • Explore how language is shaped according to purpose, audience, genre, mode and context.
  • Evaluate language diversity, considering individuals, social groups and regional variation.
  • Understand different ways of collecting live data for analysis.

ASSESSMENT

Evaluative essay writing

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts. Data collection.

Term 2.1
  • Develop textual analysis skills by analysing texts, focusing specifically on representation.
  • Understand how language is used to create meaning in a variety of texts focusing on representation.
  • Explore original writing skills, using style models effectively.

ASSESSMENT

Original writing coursework drafts. Analyses of comparing texts.

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts. Style model collection.

Term 2.2
  • Explore attitudes towards language diversity, specifically focusing on gender, occupation and ethnicity.
  • Examine discourses to evaluate differing attitudes and perspectives about language use.
  • Produce a final piece of original writing using skills acquired.

ASSESSMENT

Essay writing. Original writing coursework.

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts.

Term 3.1
  • Examine issues linked to language change from 1600 to present day.
  • Understand representation as a concept and develop analyses of how language is used to create meaning in texts.
  • Produce commentaries linked to original writing pieces.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style essays. Commentary.

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts. Commentary drafts.

Term 3.2
  • Examine research methodologies and suitable approaches for different investigation types.
  • Understand the ways in which children learn to talk.
  • Develop analytical and comparative skills when responding to texts.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style essays.

HOMEWORK

Research tasks. Wider reading. Analyses of texts.

Year 13

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Explore how language changes from 1700 to present day.
  • Analyse the development of children's speech.
  • Understand how to collect live data in preparation for a Language Investigation.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style essays.

HOMEWORK

Research. Data collection trials. Essay writing.

Term 1.2
  • Research different theories in relation to Language Acquisition.
  • Apply language theories studied in Year 12 to new texts.
  • Produce analytical data in preparation for the Language Investigation.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style essays.

HOMEWORK

Research. Data collection trials. Essay writing.

Term 2.1
  • Produce a Language Investigation assessment that explores and analyses data.
  • Understand how to write for specific non-specialised audiences.
  • Utilise skills learnt from previous lessons to produce high quality work and meet deadlines.

ASSESSMENT

Language investigation coursework.

HOMEWORK

Research. Wider reading.

Term 2.2
  • Understand how to apply terminology to language change texts.
  • Produce a creative text aimed at a specific audience, covering language ideas.
  • Analyse and apply theories to different texts.

ASSESSMENT

Media text coursework

HOMEWORK

Research. Wider reading.

Term 3.1
  • Analyse change texts using sophisticated terminology, a range of theories and anything learnt in previous language study.
  • Evaluate the development of children's speech, reading and writing up to the age of 16 years.
  • Understand how to succinctly answer exam questions.

ASSESSMENT

Examination in June 2016.

HOMEWORK

Wider reading. Research. Exam style essays.

Term 3.2

End of course