What will I study?
You will study linguistic features including: grammar, lexis (word choice), phonology (sounds), semantics (meanings) and pragmatics (meanings in context) and how to evaluate the use of these features in a range of written, spoken and electronic forms of communication. The issue of varying representations and how they are constructed for a range of different target audiences is studied. You will also develop research skills by selecting, analysing and creating written extracts that create and challenge stereotypes. You will study a range of theories about how children develop language. These include Behaviourist, Nativist and Cognitive theories. You will study stages of development, linguistic examples and additional studies such as the 'Wug test' and 'Fis experiment.'
How will I be taught?
Activities include: debate and discussion, matching tasks, problem solving tasks, presentations, 'you tube', radio and video extracts, linguistic 'games', tests, comprehension and other reading and writing tasks. Lessons include individual, pair and group tasks. You will have the opportunity to attend an English Language conference and publishing event. A Level English Language uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will de
How will I be assessed?
This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. You will be assessed through 5 hours of examinations at the end of this 2 year linear course. There is also a 20% coursework component. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.