Day 1: Sunday, October 1st, 2023 – two 2-hour sessions, morning and afternoon.
Day 2: Saturday, October 7th, 2023 – two 2-hour sessions, morning and afternoon.
Day 3: Sunday, October 8th, 2023 – two 2-hour sessions, morning and afternoon.
Times: Sessions run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00 pm-4:00 pm respectively,
The aim of this course is to give A Level Language students targeted revision help for all the task types in Paper 3 on Language Analysis and Paper 4 on Language Topics. To ensure that the course is directly relevant, the teaching will focus exclusively on actual exam questions drawn from past papers. For some topics, sample student answers will be analysed to give san idea of what examiners are looking for and what is necessary to achieve decent grades.
It must be stressed that there will be no opportunity in a brief revision course to provide comprehensive coverage of language change, child language acquisition, English as a global language or any other module of the A Level syllabus. It will be assumed that detailed teaching of the syllabus has already been taken care of by others.
More detailed information about what will be done for both Paper 3 and Paper 4 appears below.
PAPER 3 LANGUAGE TOPICS
The two questions of this first A Level Language exam test candidates’ knowledge of two modules, namely the Language Change and the Child Language Acquisition Modules. In the language change question students have to be able to integrate information from three texts, A, B and C. Characteristically text A is non-contemporary and could be a piece of writing from the 17th century on. However, Text A could in principle be contemporary and candidates must be able to deal with both possibilities. For the latter module students must know course contents on both stages of language development and theories of language development well as either one could be the focus of an exam question.
Bearing this in mind the following will be covered:
This paper, titled Language Topics, tests the English as a Global Language and the Language and The Self modules. The latter module in particular covers a wide range of topics such as the relationship between language and thought, language and gender, language and age, language and occupation and so on. There can therefore be no question of comprehensive coverage and only some representative exam questions from past papers will be analysed.
The topics for this section of the course are as follows;
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