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1 An Introduction to English Language and Literature at AS and A Level

2 New Format of Course This course is new to High Storrs but follows the same new format as English Literature. Like Literature - AS is no longer a part of the full A level but a stand alone subject It dovetails with the A level in terms of texts Coursework is 20% of the full A level and plays no part in AS level

3 Underlying Principles A fully integrated approach to the subject drawing on stylistics, linguistics, narratology and creative writing A contemporary approach to the study of a range of of literary and non-literary discourses and texts Emphasis on precise linguistic analysis

4 Assessment Objectives: AO1 Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using associated terminology and coherent written expression AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are written and received. AO4 Explore connections across texts informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods AO5 Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways

5 Teaching 3 hour teacher: Paris Anthology and Poetic Voices 2 hour teacher: Handmaid s Tale and re-creative writing Personal study should be an additional 5 hours per week.

6 AS Level Two exam papers: Paper One: Views and Voices 1 hour, 30 minutes; 50% of AS Level Paper Two: People and Places 1 hour, 30 minutes; 50% of AS Level Does it matter whether I want to study AS or A Level? Not at all, all texts and skills studied in Y12 are relevant for both AS and A Level.

7 Paper One Views and Voices Section A: Imagined Worlds This section is based on a prose set text. (The Handmaid s Tale - Atwood) There is one compulsory question. This section is closed book, you cannot take your book into the exam room. Section B: Poetic Voices This section is based on a poetry set text. (Duffy Anthology) There is one compulsory question. This section is closed book.

8 Imagined Worlds Focus text The Handmaid s Tale Some key areas of study Storyworld the fictional world that is shaped and framed by the narrative Characterisation the range of strategies that authors an readers use to build and develop characters Genre a way of grouping texts based on expected shared conventions

9 Typical Exam Questions Explore the significance of Offred s speech and thought in the novel. Explore the significance of characters attitudes to sexual discrimination.

10 Poetic Voices Key text Anthology of poetry: Browning, Donne, Duffy and Heaney Some key areas of study: Identity the distinct sense of self that is held by a speaker in the poem Register a variety of language that is associated with a particular situation of use Point of view the perspective(s) used in a text through which a version of reality is presented

11 Typical Exam Questions Read Beachcomber and Stafford Afternoons. Compare and contrast how Duffy presents time in these poems. Examine how Browning presents speakers attitudes towards others in The Laboratory and one other poem.

12 Paper Two People and Places Section A: Remembered Places This section is based on the AQA Anthology Paris. There is one compulsory question. This section is closed book and the assessment will be based on material from the Anthology provided on the exam paper. Section B: Re-creative Writing This section is closed book. This section requires a re-creative writing task, based on some materials provided in Section A. You are also required to write a critical commentary, explaining the choices you made in your writing.

13 Remembered Places Key text Paris Anthology Key ideas Language Levels (discourse, lexis and semantics, grammar, phonology and prosody, pragmatics) Representation the portrayal of events, people and circumstances through language and other meaning-making resources to create a way of seeing the world Literariness the degrees to which a text displays literary qualities along a continuum rather than being absolutely literary or non-literary

14 Typical Exam Questions Compare and contrast how the writers and speakers in these extracts present Paris. You should refer to both extracts in your answer and consider: the language choices made and their likely effects the different audiences and purposes of the texts aspects of mode (the students will receive extracts from the anthology texts in their exam paper)

15 Remembered Places A Re-creative piece based on a text from the Paris Anthology. Key Ideas: altering language to alter genre, style, purpose, intended audience. Writing a commentary: using linguistic approaches and terminology to analyse your own re-creative piece.

16 Typical Exam Question Refer to Text A (extract from anthology). Recast this as a section from a café s website where the café location in Paris is described. You might consider: What will appeal to visitors about the location How the local area might best be described You should write about 200 words (15 marks) Identify four specific examples of language in your writing and explain your reasons for using them. You should write about 200 words (20 marks)

17 Y13 includes Writing about society re-creative piece after studying a novel (TBC) Dramatic Encounters study of speech patterns in a drama text (Othello) Coursework connecting a literary text with non-literary material across a particular theme. However as this has not been taught yet texts etc are TBC

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