Friday, March 12, 2021

Analysing language change discourses for Questions 3 & 4: changing punctuation

While I'm on a roll, here's another pair of Section B questions based on some different texts. This time, the focus is on the changing meanings of punctuation and attitudes towards change. Like a few Section B questions, this straddles both diversity and change, so I think it's an interesting one. The use of online comments in response to the article as a Text B isn't a feature of any previous 7702/2 papers but was used once on an old ENGA3 paper on the previous AQA A spec, so I've considered it a suitable text for these purposes. 


There aren't any student responses to this question but if I get time I'll suggest a few angles that might be useful.


Text A is an article by Susie Dent from The Daily Telegraph in November 2020


Text B is a selection of online replies to the article posted on the same day.



Q3

Analyse how language is used in Text A (The Twitter row over full stops...) and Text B (online comments in response to Text A...) to present views about language change and punctuation. 

In your answer you should: 

• examine any similarities and differences you find between the two texts 

• explore how effectively the texts present their views.


Q4

Write an opinion article on views about language change. In your article you should assess the ideas and issues raised in Text A and Text B

You should refer to ideas from language study and argue your own views.

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