To provide you with a framework for the study of authentic texts, both spoken and written.
To help you develop the ability to write for a variety of specific purposes and audiences.
To develop analytical skills that will help you consider how issues relating to gender and power influence language use.
What will I study?
It is expected that girls taking this subject will do a two year course, without the option of AS at the end of the Lower Sixth.
How language is used in society.
How to produce original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue.
How children acquire language.
How language changes over time.
How will I be assessed?
At A Level there are two examined units: Exploring Language and Dimensions of Linguistic Variation, both of which are 2 hours and 30 minutes long. There is also a piece of Independent Language Research coursework.
You should have a keen interest in how writers and speakers use language for different purposes and in different contexts. You should be interested in how society and culture influence the ways in which we use language. You should be able to work independently, collecting and investigating a range of texts. You should enjoy writing and be able to write fluently. You should read widely.
How will I study?
You will work in pairs, groups and independently, carrying out research into a variety of areas of language study. You will take part in whole class discussion. Your work may take you into other areas of the school or into the wider community. You will write essays analysing texts and present your research findings to the rest of your class. You will profit most from the course if you have the diligence necessary to acquire the grammar and terminology that comes with studying English Language at this level.
Where will it lead?
Just about anywhere you want it to because it combines so well with other Advanced Level subjects: the Languages, Sciences, Arts and Humanities. It is widely accepted as entry for degree courses and is directly useful in most professions.
“I am currently studying English Language, Spanish, Psychology and Government & Politics. I have really enjoyed Sixth Form as it has given me the opportunity to explore in further detail the topics and subjects I am passionate about. English Language is my favourite subject: learning how different accents and dialects have developed and how language has changed over time really interests me. For me, the best thing about studying English Language at A Level is learning about the different linguistic techniques used in texts and being able to analyse their purposes. The teachers are kind and friendly and really go out of their way to help you. I am now thinking of studying English Language and Linguistics at university.”