A blog for A Level English Language students and teachers. Started in south London, continued in Essex.
Do you know where I find any example extracts for section A of question 2? I've done all that I can find on the AQA website, but some aren't printed due to copy write issues.Thank you
I'll see what I can find and add them here in a minute or two.
Okay, thank you - you are actually a lifesaver. I'm panicking because I did them all over the Christmas holidays and have none left to do now.
Doesn't look like I have any of them that I can use. Why not use the examples on here which are:http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.com/2009/03/enga1-language-development-data_29.htmlhttp://englishlangsfx.blogspot.com/2009/03/enga1-language-development-data.html
Thank you :)Fingers crossed the exam is nice to me tomorrow
Or email me via this link (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/staff/dan/index.htm)and I'll send you an original of one of the papers with the copyrighted bit still on it.
Dear DanYou have not filled your site for a good three weeks. I have really missed your informative commentary and the links you ususally add. Please enlighten us with more of your explosive linguistic stuff.Thank you
Has my mum paid you to say that?! Sorry, I've been really busy working and scraping money together to buy my children new shoes and Xbox 360 games.I was planning to add a few things this afternoon on Words of the Year and missing apostrophes, so thank you for the reminder to do that.
Hi againNow that you have responded, let me tell you and your mum how useful your input is for us (teachers and students) doing linguistics in this part of the world( in the Gulf state of Oman). We honestly look forward to reading your progressive and radical commentaries each time and warmly discuss the issues involved in them.So a big thank you from all the students and staff of this private school in Oman.No more praise after that, until we see the new year material.Cheers
Ha! Well, thank you.I've just posted something brief on apostrophes, but it's sadly lacking in progressive and radical commentary this time round.All the best :-)
What sort of breakdown of the 2 hours would you recommend for the exam tomorrow?Obviously 1 hour for language and mode and the second for CLA, but withing that how long should I spend planning/writing/checking?
Hi Colie, the best advice (I think) is to use 45 minutes writing your answers for each section. That means 15 minutes reading texts, annotating and planning for qu. 1, then 45 minutes writing. For section B do the data question in 5-10 mins max (5 bullet points or sentences is fine so long as you identify, quote and label in each), then 10 mins planning and 40 writing the essay.It definitely pays to read and plan as I read quite a few answers last year and year before where people just started writing straight away before they'd even thought what the texts were really about in section A or what the question was actually asking in section B.With question 1 it is a really good idea as well to scribble down a version of the mode continuum as part of your plan, put xs down on the lines for each text and use these to talk about mode in the answer. It's also a good idea to ask yourself at the end of reading each text what was it about and what opinions were being expressed. Lots of people forget to write about the meanings of the texts!Good luck :-)
Thank you.Also do I have to do the questions in the order presented/ would it make sense to get the 10 mark over and done with first because it's shortest?
It's totally up to you. You don't have to do them in any order, so that could be a good plan.
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