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Practising Linguistic Analysis

Beth Kemp | Tuesday June 07, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Writing, Lexical Analysis, Linguistic Analysis, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development

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Carrying out linguistic analysis of texts and extracts in class

This is, of course, something that needs considerable practice in AS and A2 Language classrooms, and it can be a constant battle to engage in meaningful linguistic analysis while still ringing the changes.

This selection of ideas can be used for different kinds of analysis: general AS level analysis to embed and apply linguistic techniques; analysis of particular kinds of text (e.g. transcripts, multimodal texts); analysis of power relations; analysis in the context of language change, etc.

Some ideas will suit a particular kind of emphasis, and some go ‘deeper’ than others.  It is worth remembering that students will need to be able to quickly form opinions about what is worth commenting on, in order to effectively plan exam answers, so some snappier activities from time to time can quite easily be justified.

Student-sourced texts

Resources required:

  • Forward planning in instructing students to bring in texts!
  • Written instructions may help.
  • Transcripts (optional)

This activity can be provided with almost all others for the actual analysis of the texts once students have provided them.

  • Students bring in texts to analyse themselves.

This is useful because students can be encouraged to bring in something that they already have an interest in.  It can be themed (e.g. bring in a text related to a hobby or interest, your favourite singer/band etc).  It can really help to emphasise that linguistic techniques can be applied to anything.  Students may need advising on word count (e.g. no adverts with under 50 words).

  • Students bring in texts to challenge each other with.

This is a great way of increasing students’ interest and in making them think about what might be difficult to analyse.  Again, it may be useful to set parameters in terms of word count, to make sure there is enough...

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