Category: A Level English Language

Audience positioning

A Level Language students!

Writing about positioning is always a great way to secure high marks for AO3, and the article you’ll find below – by experienced examiner Dan Clayton – is a brilliant dissection of how positioning can work in texts.

You can find the full article – along with plenty of other great stuff – on the emagazine website – full log in details and links here.

Dan Clayton on Positioning and Stance.pdf

Gillette: the best that sexism can get?

Year 12s! Now that you’ve considered whether or not our language is inherently misogynistic, let’s have a look at some advertisements from Gillette – the UK’s number one shaving brand.

Watch the clips below, and then answer the following question in a 200-300 word comment on this post.

What assumptions do the Gillette advertisements make about men and women?

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Is the English language misogynistic?

Right then, Year 12! Following our work on language and sexism, I’d like you to consider to what extent you agree with the following statement:

The English language systematically degrades and devalues women.

Pop your response in a comment on this post. No more than 250 words, please – being succinct is a skill you need to master!

Mr Shovlin

 

 

Christmas 50: Year 13 English Language

Year 13 Language students: here’s what you need to be doing over the holidays to complete the Language allocation of your ‘Christmas 50’…

1. Make sure you have detailed notes on every term covered in the Grammar Glossary. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, you can tweet us (@englishatlc).

2. When you’ve done that, have a go at The Grammar Megatest if you’ve not do so already. (Make sure you input your email address very carefully, as the test will email you your results. These should be printed and placed in your folders.)

3. Complete this blog task. Make sure you watch both talks and submit a comment on the post with your own thoughts.

4. Listen to the CLA-themed audio files below, and make detailed notes on each. These will help a great deal in preparing you for the mock exam in January.

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5. Watch this Intelligence Squared debate and make notes on the arguments presented by both sides. At the end of the debate, decide whether you’d vote for or against the motion, and explain your decision in 100-200 words in a comment on this post.

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6. Complete the task on this blog post. Make sure you read/watch/listen to all of the links given, and leave a comment on that post to show the decision you’ve reached.

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7. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas break!

If you have any questions/queries, get in touch by email or on Twitter (@englishatlc).

PS. If you haven’t already got this, make sure you grab it from the library before the holiday, or add it to your Christmas list.

 

Christmas 50: Year 12 English Language

Year 12 Language students: here’s what you need to be doing over the holidays to complete the Language allocation of your ‘Christmas 50’…

1. Make sure you have detailed notes on every term covered in the Grammar Glossary. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, you can tweet us (@englishatlc).

2. When you’ve done that, have a go at The Grammar Megatest if you’ve not done so already. (Make sure you input your email address very carefully, as the test will email you your results. These should be printed and placed in your folders.)

3. Using the language scrapbook you compiled over the summer holiday, create a visual analysis similar to the one below.

Exemplar Analysis - Hot Chocolate Rubbish.png

You should place your text in the middle of a larger page (preferably A3), and annotate around the edge. Imagine you’re answering the question, How does this text use language to achieve its aims?

If you’re struggling for a suitable text to use, have a go with the Bin Bag Notice we found on the stairwell of an apartment block in Leicester city centre.

4. Complete this blog task if you haven’t already done so. Make sure you watch both talks and submit a comment on the post with your own thoughts.

5. Listen to the CLA-themed audio files below, and make detailed notes on each.

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6. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas break!

If you have any questions/queries, get in touch by email or on Twitter (@englishatlc).

PS. If you haven’t already got this, make sure you get it from the library before the holiday, or add it to your Christmas list.

The register of recipes

Year 12 Language students: if you can prise your eyes from the beautiful Jamie Oliver, you may find the following bits and bobs useful when writing your essay on the three recipes we’ve studied in class.

  • The exemplar essay attached below should give you an idea of the appropriate length/style – though it’s by no means perfect.
  • Use the mark scheme to focus your attention on what is required of each level.
  • Use the other sheets to ensure your work is correctly formatted and that you use quotations accurately and effectively.

Deadline details and hand-in information can be found on SMHW.

Any questions? Ask!

Exemplar Recipes Essay.pdf

Recipes Essay Mark Scheme.docx

Recipes Essay Details.docx

Essay Formatting Guidelines.pdf

How to Use Quotations (A Level).pdf

Has social media changed the way in which we communicate for the better?

Here are two fantastic TED talks in which Jon Ronson and Sherry Turkle discuss the impact of social media on the ways in which we communicate in the 21st century.

Jon Ronson: When online shaming spirals out of control

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

What do you think of the way in which we communicate with each other now? Has social media had a positive impact?