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Language Interventions Student Guide Part 1 English Language AQA A ENGA4

Dan Clayton | Monday June 20, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level English Language A, ENGA4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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  • Language Interventions Student Guide Part 2

This is a student guide to the AQA A spec coursework element, the ‘Language Intervention’. This is one part of your A2 coursework and makes up half of the total marks for the ENGA4 unit (i.e. 20% of your total marks at A2 or 10% of you’re A level).

The AQA specification describes the unit as follows:

“The ‘Language Intervention’ coursework task is designed to allow candidates to make an informed contribution to social debates about language, communicating their knowledge beyond the confines of their academic discipline. Candidates must write about a language debate in a particular form for a non-specialist audience. Candidates should study writing in different forms to inform, argue, instruct and persuade, e.g. articles, editorials, letters to the editor, scripts. They should study how to transform and represent linguistic ideas for a non-specialist audience. The topic for the intervention should come from the subject matter studied for Unit 3. Candidates may use any topical language issues that arise during their course to which they want to respond. Candidates should produce one or two texts totalling 1250 words.?

So, in short, you’re writing something for a mainstream educated adult audience, not language experts; and the subject matter has to be something connected with your work for the ENGA3 unit.

The aim of this guide is to outline approaches that will help you choose a suitable topic, an appropriate genre or form and an effective style. It’s not the only way to approach the intervention and you might well find that your teachers have their own approaches which fit in better with what you have studied, but there should be material here that you find helpful.

It’s split into two parts: one on content and how to choose suitable topics, and one on form and style, and how to use style models effectively.

Part One

Topic choice

The topic...


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