Saturday, June 01, 2013

ENGA3 June 2013 collected revision tips

With the exam coming up on Monday, I've collected together a few of the revision tips from 2012, 2011 and 2010 here. Hopefully, they'll help you target your last day or two of revision:

Tips from 2011
Revision tips from 2012 (BTW World Englishes has cropped up now as a discourses question in Jan 2013)
General ENGA3 exam advice from 2012

I'll add a few more bits and pieces on Sunday, if I get a chance.

15 comments:

Olivia said...

Hi, in the second bullet point of section B is it OK to use 'I think...' when evaluating the opinions shown in the texts?

Olivia said...

p.s. Your blog (and Emag articles) has helped me a lot with my revision, thank you

Dan said...

Hi Olivia, thanks :-)

It seems pointless writing them if students doing the course don't read them, so thanks a lot - glad they've been useful.

And yes, "I think..." is fine. It's rare to see anyone complain about using 1st person in essays these days. On a paper that asks you to express your own views about language, it would be odd not to use it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Blog is there any other theorists that you might think are useful.

Anonymous said...

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Dan said...

Depends on which topic you mean. There are endless theories and case studies, really...

I think the key ones are in the A2 book but the big one one for attitudes is always Aitchison's models of prescriptivism.

For variation, I'd probably make sure you've looked carefully at Giles, Trudgill, Cheshire, Milroy and Kerswill.

I like to see people bring in more recent references too, so Sue Fox, Kev Watson, Henry Hitchings, Robert Lane Greene and Tagliamonte always float my boat.

Anonymous said...

Brillant Thankyou. I have all those theorists noted down, I believe Henry Hitchings is the one who argued that prescriptivism has more to do with language being a proxy for other concerns in society such as crime, and so language is thus heavily polticised can you confirm this?
Thankyou for your blog I will be recommending it to friends.

Anonymous said...

In a question such as June 2010 change, where it asks to only evaluate how contexts might have shaped language, how would you bring in your view on it and theorists attitude and would you be expected to?

Dan said...

That June 2010 change one is probably a good example of the sort of question in which it's trickier to add much on attitudes to change.

It's asking for context and period, so the AO2 will relate to your ideas about change over time - how language changes, what forces & circumstances make it change - so on that particular question I'd have thought things like war. technology, global communication and the changing nature of audiences would be key AO2 territory.

AO2 doesn't have to be named theorists/theories, but I suppose you could bring in things like functional theory, substratum and wave models here if you wanted.

Dan said...

And yes, that sounds right for Hitchings. He's written some really good stuff on people's attitudes to change and variation.

Anonymous said...

How does ethnicity impact language?
Finding this one tricky..

Dan said...

Ethnicity is an interesting one because its actually quite similar to regional variation in that your place of birth/ethnicity may well affect some of your language usage, but it's only one part of a wider linguistic identity.

I think anyone claiming that white people speak like x and black people like y would be bonkers, because we all know that there are different ways of "doing" black or white and there will be subtle variations in things like class, communities of practice and audience.

the work done by Viv Edwards is good on this, as is that by Mark Sebba, Roger Hewitt and Fox, Kerswill and Cheshire on MLE.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was just wondering if in section B when talking about the second piece and using research to support it do we use linguistic devices when referencing the text? Thanks

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