Examination Board/Code: AQA
English Language; 7702
Students are encouraged to develop their interest in and enjoyment of English as they independently investigate language in use. In lessons they
- develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language (lexis and semantics, syntax and morphology, phonetics and phonology, pragmatics and discourse, and graphology).
- explore data and examples of language in use.
- engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English.
- develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.
- learn about social contexts (ethnicity, region, occupation, gender and social groups).
- study the history of the English Language as well as attitudes towards it.
- learn about language change and the spread of English.
- study how children acquire language.
- study how English is used around the world.
Assessment consists of two examination papers:
- Language, the Individual and Society: students study methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation; applying aspects of language such as phonetics, graphology, lexis and semantics, grammar, pragmatics and discourse to texts. They will also explore how children develop their spoken and written skills.
- Language Diversity and Change: students study language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts and explore processes of language change, including social attitudes to and debates about language diversity and change.
There is also a non-examination assessment:
- Language in Action
This involves producing a Language Investigation on a topic of your choice, 2000 words excluding data, and a piece of original writing and commentary of 1,500 words based on ‘The Power of Persuasion’, ‘The Power of Storytelling’ or ‘The Power of Information’.
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