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AS English Language Guide | An Introduction to Linguistic Methods

Sarah Battams | Tuesday April 09, 2013

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1. ‘Burt’s Chips’ Textual Analysis PowerPoint

  • Burts Crisps.pptx

2. Notes to Accompany ‘Burt’s Chips’ PowerPoint

The PowerPoint and ideas contained in these notes have been used successfully to introduce students to the linguistic methods or “frameworks? needed as a part of the AQA English Language course; however, the ideas contained here and in the PowerPoint are easily adaptable and entirely applicable to other A Level language courses as well as the combined English Language and Literature courses.

Slide 1 and General Notes

The aim of this lesson is to introduce students to key linguistic methods and to some of the terminology required as part of their AS Level English Language course. Students will need to be given a copy of the Burt’s Chips packet. They could work in groups making notes under the headings of the linguistic methods. Depending on class size, groups could look at all of the linguistic methods or be allocated one or two of them to feedback to the rest of the group.

For AQA students, the task will also help to familiarise them with the types of data they are likely to face in the ENGB1 exam. The task should also be useful with students doing Language and Literature, again the AQA ELLB1 comes to mind with its ‘Food Glorious Food’ anthology but the linguistic methods cross all syllabuses. This task is intended to be used near the beginning of the academic year after the students have been introduced to each linguistic method; at this stage, they will probably need a list of the methods and their definitions in front of them whilst they complete the task.

The linguistic methods used here are:


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