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English language and literature

English language - A level

Year 12

Learning outcomes

During Year 12 students will learn to understand terminology needed for close textual analysis. They will also explore how language is shaped according to purpose, audience, genre, mode and context whilst evaluating how language is used to create meaning in a variety of texts focusing on representation. Students will also explore original writing skills, using style models effectively, and will produce commentaries linked to original writing pieces. Students will examine issues linked to language change from 1600 to present day as well as the ways in which children learn to talk.

Topics taught

  • Frameworks 
  • Variations and representations
  •  Language acquisition
  • Original writing coursework and commentary
  • Language change

 

Year 13

Learning outcomes

During Year 13 students will learn to explore mode and genre in spoken and written texts and evaluate language diversity, considering individuals, social groups and regional variation. There will be a specific focus on gender, occupation and ethnicity and will examine discourses to evaluate differing attitudes and perspectives about language use. Students will also understand different ways of collecting live data for analysis as well as examine research methodologies and suitable approaches for different investigation types. Building on Year 12, students will understand representation as a concept and develop analyses of how language is used to create meaning in texts whilst developing comparative skills when responding to texts.

Topics taught

  • Language Investigations
  • Language and Diversity including age, gender, occupation, accent & dialect
  • Language Change
  • Variations and Representations
  • Language Acquisition