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A Students’ Revision Guide to WJEC A Level English Language LG1 Guidance

Steve Campsall | Monday October 14, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, WJEC A Level English Language, LG1, KS5 Archive, WJEC A Level

A Short Student Guide to WJEC English Language AS – LG1

In the exam, you’ll be presented with unseen texts and be expected to analyse, explore and discuss key aspects of how their linguistic features work to communicate both meaning and attitudes or ‘feelings’. To hit the higher marks bands, you’ll need to consider how and why particular language as well as its forms and structures came to be chosen by the writer or speaker as a means to signify their ideas, thoughts and feelings that arose as a response to some kind of specific and complex reaction to context – a context that includes an audience.

It’s worth dwelling on the thought that it is an individual’s reaction to context that leads to thoughts, ideas and feelings which then leads them to a desire to communicate via the forms, structures, modes, genres and registers that are available to them in language. The individual is obviously important, as is the likely context they respond to and the way they choose to respond to it. For example, the forms and structures of language available to a child will be more limited than to an adult; similarly, the forms and structures available two centuries ago will be different from those available today; and, of course, the child’s as well as the eighteenth century mind’s context will also be very different. Any use of language intended to communicate creates a text, which, along with any other connected texts (a response from an audience perhaps) form the whole ‘communicative act’ to produce a distinct social discourse. This guide itself is a part of a discourse with you; in itself it is a text; with your involvement (your reception of it, your engagement with it and your interpretation of it), it becomes what is one form of social discourse – one of the many ‘educational discourses’ that go on daily around the world; and one amongst billions of different kinds of discourses that have gone on for millennia.

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