Subject Intent: Why English Language?
The main focus behind the study of English Language is communication. Students are encouraged to explore how and why we communicate in the world in which we live, and how to express these ideas using their own successful communication skills. The asking of thought-provoking and polemical questions allows students to assess different arguments and to learn the value of their own thinking. Debate is crucial and encourages students to think outside of their own personal circumstances, developing their sense of empathy. Our English Language curriculum has been designed to enable students to understand the relationship between language and society, with a focus on honing their skills to be fully functioning members within that society.
Why should I study this subject?
English Language is about communication. It involves the study of the ways in which language is used in society to create meaning. It is an essay-based subject that encourages students to explore the ways that this meaning is negotiated between text producers and audiences. Have you ever wondered: to what extent do men and women speak differently? Or why do speakers from Yorkshire sound different to speakers from London? Or why do around 1.5 billion people around the world speak English? If the answer is yes, then you are the kind of student who would really enjoy English Language. With the analysis of written, spoken and mixed mode texts at the heart of the subject, this is a fascinating area of study for anyone who wants to delve into how and why we use language the way that we do.
What will I study?
Through the analysis of a range of texts, data and theories, you will study:
• How language is used to create meanings and representations
• Language diversity, including an exploration of gender, region and occupation
• Language change
• Language discourses
• Child language development
The course is assessed through the combination of two exam papers and coursework. The coursework requires you to write a 750 word creative text with an accompanying 750 word analytical commentary, as well as a 2000 word investigation in which you explore a language issue of your choosing. This is worth 20% of the qualification.
What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.
“Studying English Language at A-Level has boosted my confidence in my writing so much. I especially enjoy it because every lesson has allowed me to explore ideas about our complex yet wonderful language, that I would have never considered before.”
Elizabeth Spensley – Outwood Academy Shafton