AS English Language
Exam Board: AQA English Language AS Level (7701) The Course
We will analyse how a child develops the skill of language, in particular understanding how communication works and how the ability to articulate sounds depends upon biological and social changes as a child grows. Accents, dialects and our own idiolects are the subject of a research project aimed at increasing our knowledge of how English as a language varies across regions and discourse communities. We will investigate the differences between spontaneous speech and the written word. The study of pragmatics allows us to explore the psychological influences of language and how we adapt our speech depending on contextual factors.
From a historical approach, we investigate how the English language has progressed from its Proto-Indo European roots, through its main Germanic origins, adapted by influences from conquering countries such as France, to its modern day status as a lingua franca.
Topics of study:
- Phonetics, phonology and prosodics: how speech sounds and effects are articulated and analysed Graphology: the visual aspects of textual design and appearance
- Lexis and semantics: the vocabulary of English, including social and historical variation
- Grammar, including morphology: the structural patterns and shapes of English at sentence, clause, phrase and word level
- Pragmatics: the contextual aspects of language use
- Discourse: extended stretches of communication occurring in different genres, modes and contexts.
Exams and Assessment
Assessment will be linear with both AS exams taking place at the end of the two years. Internal assessment will take place each half-term.
Paper 1: Language and the individual – Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes – 70 Marks – 50% of AS
Paper 2: Language varieties – Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes – 70 marks – 50% of AS
Teachers and Teaching
Your teacher will be Miss Limer and the course will involve discussions, individual, group and class work.
University Courses and Careers
English Language can apply to a wide range of university courses and professions. The course can lead to a BSc in Linguistics and complements the studies of all modern foreign languages. Future careers can include those in literature and language or even professions such as forensics or psychology.