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Language Interventions Student Guide Part 2 English Language AQA A ENGA4

Dan Clayton | Monday June 20, 2011


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  • Language Interventions Student Guide Part 1

Part Two

Developing Form and Style

Once you’ve settled on your argument and established what you’re going to say, you need to work out how you’re going to say it, where you’re going to say it and what order to put it all in. Most of these areas are interlinked, so the style you write in will have quite a lot to do with the form you are adopting.

  • If it’s an op-ed you might opt for some personal digressions which give the reader a better sense of you as a real person (or at least the illusion of that).
  • If it’s a feature article you may decide to hang your topic on a recent news story.
  • If it’s a news story reporting on new research findings you might decide to focus on previous findings or ideas that are now being reassessed.

There are of course other forms you might want to choose, but we will concentrate on these three here.

First, let’s look at some examples and see how they work – or don’t work – and how they might be relevant to what you could write for your intervention.

News stories

Example one: the news story in the tabloid paper.

This is an example of a story about slang from The Daily Mirror written by Victoria Ward


Kids text code to fox parents

Omg, it’s so embarrassing! Parents are irritating their kids by using trendy text slang.

Many mums and dads now regularly use LOL - laugh out loud - when replying to a joke, OMG – Oh my God! – to express surprise or BTW - by the way - if they change the subject. So now teenagers are fighting back with a new set of to confuse the elders, says internet site Ask Jeeves.

For example, they use H9 to mean “hate a lot? - because it’s one worse than the well known H8. A teenager worried a parent is looking over their shoulder will type P999, meaning Parent Emergency. And...

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