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Beth Kemp | Sunday May 13, 2012

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  1. Introduction to ENGA3 Revision Guide
  2. ENGA3 Answering the Language Change Question
  3. ENGA3 Language Change Question June 2012
  4. ENGA3 Language Change Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  5. ENGA3 Answering the Language Variation Question
  6. ENGA3 Language Variation Question June 2012
  7. ENGA3 Language Variation Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  8. ENGA3 Answering the Discourses Question
  9. ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012
  10. ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  11. ENGA3 Exam Practice Feedback

This is the compulsory question for ENGA3. It will have a broad topic of either change or variation, with two sub-topics also mentioned specifically on the specification: genderlect and political correctness.

Discourses questions are marked using the same structure of AOs as Variation and Change:

  • 10 marks for AO1 (use of language: appropriate terminology, accuracy and fluency of writing)
  • 15 marks for AO3 (interpretation of meaning and context)
  • 20 marks for AO2 (knowledge and understanding of linguistic concepts, research and theories)

They also follow the same broad approach of Section A questions, in that there are always two bullet points:

  • analyse and evaluate the language
  • discuss the concepts in the texts

There is a slight difference, in that, as these texts are about a linguistic debate, you need to discuss and explore their validity in terms of that debate. These texts will be written for a wide, linguistically uninformed audience, and will make claims that you, as a student of language, will be able to refute. Do not expect to find texts in the Discourses section that present perfect linguistic arguments. There may be some merit in some of their claims, or they could be horribly wrong from start to finish, but there will be something for you to argue with and use research and theory to disprove.

A sensible approach to this question is to first identify the topic of discussion and note the theories, concepts and research...


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