Why do we use the words ‘princess’ and ‘madam’ to describe someone who is being a nuisance, when the words ‘prince’ and ‘sir’ have only positive connotations? Can you explain the grammar of text messaging? Do you ever read newspaper headlines and consider how the writer conveys opinion?
English Language is a challenging and dynamic course that explores the links between language and gender, occupation, region and social groups, as well as giving you the basic tools of analysis that you need in order to understand how English works all around us. You will be learning about lexis, grammar, phonology, semantics and pragmatics and making links across texts, as well as learning theories in order to deepen your understanding of language. You will learn how children acquire and develop their language, why we don’t speak like Shakespeare anymore, and question the popular belief that language is in decline. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to carry out your own Language Investigation and piece of Original Writing as part of your coursework.
You will learn about:
- How the purpose, audience and genre of a text influence what is written.
- How texts can be compared and contrasted.
- How society influences language.
- Different writing styles and techniques and how you can recreate them.
- Child Language Acquisition.
- The influence parents might have on the way children learn to communicate.
- Language Change.
- Language Diversity.
- Language and gender.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
Future Study and Career Opportunities
Higher Education opportunities following successful completion of the course include English, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies.
An A Level in English Language will specifically support careers in Journalism, Marketing, Advertising, and Teaching, as well as being a recognised and valued qualification in a variety of other careers.