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AQA GCSE Unit 3c The Spoken Language Study

| Thursday November 07, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Gender, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing

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When starting a module it is important to explain to students what the course requirements are. I tend to share the information from the specification with them and explain what each point means in detail.

  • Candidates must complete one task.
  • Work should be produced under formal supervision in time totalling up to 3 hours.
  • The objective assessed in this part of Unit 3 is:

AO2: Study of Spoken Language

  • Understand variations in spoken language, explaining why language changes in relation to contexts.
  • Evaluate the impact of spoken language choices in their own, and others’ use.
  • Students may collaborate in the researching and development of this study, but the final task should be written up individually.

2013/15: Controlled Assessment Task Banks for GCSE English Language Unit 3 Part c: Spoken Language Study

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This unit will specifically focus on how power and authority shape spoken language.

To introduce the idea of how language is used differently in different contexts and scenarios it is useful to start in the following way:

Section 1


To have a clear understanding of how context affects language choices, use, reception and interpretation.


The aim of the activity is to learn about context and its effects on language.

Write down all the groups you consider yourself a member of (e.g. gender, job, university, school, clubs, family)

For example:

  • Teacher
  • Mother
  • Parent
  • Daughter
  • Equestrian
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Art

Do these groups use specific jargon or vocabulary which is true to them? What does it say about language use and how contexts impact on language use?


The groups you have written down give you some idea of your own contexts.
What other contexts might there be to consider when we look at spoken language?

  • Geographical context (Buckingham, Home Countries, South Midlands, England or U.K.)
  • Some of us might be ‘from a different context’ and it therefore...

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