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Child Language Acquisition »

Victoria Elliott | Thursday October 08, 2009

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Introduction

Child Language Acquisition is one of most enjoyable and apparently accessible topics for students of English Language A level. However, because of the enthusiasm and the apparent accessibility it becomes all too easy for study of this topic to remain fairly superficial, with identification of features not brought into a coherent, logical analysis related to the bigger picture, a characteristic which is the key to the higher grades.

Although different in their exact application, the various syllabuses have the same threads...

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ENGB3 Child Language Acquisition - Exam Revision Practice »

Steve Campsall
Friday July 02, 2010

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A Way to Analyse A Child’s Language

  • Work out the transcript’s ‘big-picture’ – and remember that the transcript isn’t what you are analysing: it’s the original oral communication you need to be focusing on. The transcript is a mere shadow of this: you need to flesh out the scene and be there – be the participants! Try hard – it’s worth it. Use your imagination.
  • For this unit (Language Change included) start your answer with a brief overview of the important discourse from which it derives. In...
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ENGB3 Child Language Acquisition - Tackling The Exam Transcript Using Frameworks »

Steve Campsall
Friday July 02, 2010

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Your task when presented with any text is to dig out its subtleties. This guide offers a way to dig deep, one that can help to reveal a text’s subtlest aspects; and subtlety is what gains most marks, every time.

Analysing Children’s Language

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  • Whenever you analyse a text, your first job is to work out its ‘big-picture’. After all, the words you’ll find on the exam paper will be a pretty poor representation of the original ideas, thoughts and feelings that led to them.
  • In important ways, it can be...
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