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ENGA1 Answering the Mode Question

Beth Kemp | Friday May 11, 2012

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  1. Introduction to ENGA1 Revision Guide
  2. ENGA1 Answering the Mode Question
  3. ENGA1 Mode Question June 2012
  4. ENGA1 Mode Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  5. ENGA1 Mode Analysis Assessment Reminders
  6. ENGA1 Answering the CLA Question
  7. ENGA1 CLA Question June 2012
  8. ENGA1 CLA Question June 2012 Exemplar Response

Mode questions usually follow a format where you are asked to ‘identify and describe the main mode characteristics of the texts’ and also asked something which is more specifically about the particular texts set. For example, that instruction on the June 2012 paper tells you to ‘examine how the writer of Text A and the contributors in Text B use language to achieve their purposes and create meanings.’ There are also always bullet points which give you further help, following the advice ‘In your answer you should consider’. This paper’s bullet points are as follows:

  • how situation and channel affect the use of language
  • how the writer of Text A uses language to inform and advise readers
  • how the contributors in Text B use language to communicate their ideas and values
  • how choices of vocabulary, grammar and structure create meanings.

A sensible approach is to consider each of these six things (the two main strands of the question and the four bulletpoints) before planning your answer.

Spend

fifteen minutes

reading the texts (this is the time you will have in the exam for reading) and noting down your initial ideas in response to these six different things, using something like the table below to help you to organise your thoughts.

Don’t panic if something seems to fit into more than one column (it probably isn’t you; it probably does - these ideas are not mutually exclusive), just put it somewhere that makes sense, perhaps in the option that you have fewer ideas for at the moment. [Note: you can’t do everything in ten minutes, but do limit yourself to this chunk of time for now, as you can establish quite a lot in that time....


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