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GCSE English Language Spoken Language Study Scheme of Work

Beth Kemp | Thursday September 05, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group, Drama-Focused, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing, WJEC GCSE English Language, Unit 4 Spoken Language

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Spoken Language Study at GCSE

Some advice from an A Level English Language specialist

Firstly, don’t worry! What students are being asked to do at this level isn’t linguistically ‘heavy’ and will not require a lot of new terminology in order for them to do it very well indeed; in fact, many of us who were comfortable with the linguistics from our teaching of A level initially went overboard on concepts and terminology, producing students who, intoxicated by their new and exciting linguistics language, labelled everything in sight without any consideration of effects and meanings.

If you have no experience with formal Language study (like so many other Literature-specialist English teachers) and you want to feel a good few steps ahead of the students, you could do worse than read the EnglishEdu A level guide to conversational analysis here. The concepts in the guide reach well beyond what GCSE requires, but if you’re not comfortable feeling like you only know exactly the same amount as you’re teaching, it may help to reassure you.

For most students (I’m writing this thinking about the most popular boards: WJEC and AQA, but the skills are similar across all boards), the most important thing will be encouraging them to think about what spoken usage implies. They should be able to enjoy playing detective and explaining ‘hidden’ meanings behind everyday language. We don’t need to teach them the word ‘pragmatics’, but an ability to discuss pragmatics would be of great benefit to students completing their spoken language study. Classroom activities exploring speakers’ ‘real’ meanings and likely intentions will be illuminating and very helpful in their eventual analysis of transcripts.

Teacher Guide: Spoken Language Study Scheme of Work for GCSE English Language (AQA or WJEC)

This scheme, with its focus on the influence of context on spoken language, is suitable for both the AQA and...


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