AQA As level , English Language B unit 1 exam - how to group/categorize texts

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Hey , i am an English Language As student at the moment and i am really struggling to come to grips with the aspects of grouping and categorizing the texts - part of the exam. I'm fine with the second section ( Technology, Power and Gender) just not the first half. Can anyone give me examples of what to write or a method of how to go about the exam question . Thanks a bunch , Becky ***

Posted Tue 13th March, 2012 @ 17:45 by Rebecca Woodington

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Totally understand you, I'm glad to help :) PEE is great at GCSE, and would probably get you A01 and some A02 marks. But at A-level it needs a lot more depth and detail with context and effect like you said. I would really advise using the frameworks as group titles and use GASP-M for explanations top marks.

So, let's say I group some texts under discourse; I'd differentiate between written discourse and spoken discourse. I'd then consider how the text is put together in written discourse (talk about how it's planned/formal/structured) compared to the spoken discourse which its structure is less organised, more spontaneous and unpredictable. and then you could say how this reflects the genre, register, its purpose for its audience... etc.

I'm still new at get revising but I could send you some notes I have from last year by email. By the way, this is just one of many ways you could go about it. It does totally depend on how you're taught it and what you find easier and more beneficial for you.

oh and sociolect is a dialect spoken by a particular social group, this is usually divided by social class..e.g. how people sometimes say someone sounds very "posh" could suggest that they use a higher class dialect, or use Received Pronunciatation. An idiolect is an individual's own personal language, their own way of speaking and writing, just like the way a person can be repetitive, or just their normal spoken delivery and what characteristics of it.

Context refers to the situation in which something happens and that helps you to understand it.. It's a sort of 'background' of a text...

I know that's a lot :')

Answered Mon 19th March, 2012 @ 17:46 by Bakang Moholo
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Hey, there are several ways you could go about grouping your texts. Link texts by identifying some aspect they have in common. Give each of your groupings a title that reflects what the texts have in common. You should try to include every text in at least one of your groupings and you may include the same text in two or more of your groupings.

"GRASP-M" is one way my English teacher showed us: grouping the texts by titles of Genre, Register, Audience, Structure, Purpose or Mode. If not those, the frameworks are always your friends: Semantics, Graphology, Lexis, Discourse, Pragmatics, Grammar or Phonology.

Hope this has helped a bit, if not you're welcome to ask anything else.

Answered Thu 15th March, 2012 @ 21:00 by Bakang Moholo
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hello :) i also have this exam tomorrow. @bakang Moholo i was just wondering if you have an A grade ( or good) exemplar essays that i could read through as i find them very helpful! thankyou in advance! :) 

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 22:37 by emily
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Don't forget the importance of Pragmatics. Discussing it along with key aspects of the text such as lexis, phonology, graphology and grammar is sure to get you a higher mark. In terms of categorising, try to group on a feature that is broad enough for you to discuss lots of elements of the text, but not so broad that you become vague. Concise, developed answers get the highest marks, rather than general waffle.

Answered Tue 1st May, 2012 @ 17:14 by Connor Mew
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you group your texts and when you explain why you linked them you talk about contextual factors, for example if you grouped your texts because of multimodality because 3 texts have writing and illustrations, and one of the texts is a childrens book, the contextual factors would be that the illustrations are needed to grab the attention and entertain the target audience which is young children etc. 

if there are examples of sociolect and idiolect explain WHY the writer has used them, thats where the marks for contextual factors are, you need to discuss what effect does the use of sociolect/idiolect have on the audience?

hope that helps! 

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 14:38 by Jessica :)
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yeh this helps a lot!!!!! thankyou!!!! , how would you go about answering it ?? is it a bit like the PEE technique like explaining why it groups with such and such text , quote where , and explain and included context and effect - p.s is context like socialect and idiolect etc and if particiapnt involved -i.e a text message conversation- are friends and that . sorry to drag on a bit but i would really like to do well :D

Answered Mon 19th March, 2012 @ 16:02 by Rebecca Woodington
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WOWOWOWOWOWOW! thanks a lot ! I've just been doing this practice paper which features a website called 'IVillage' don't know if you have come across it whilst doing practice papers or not ?  i did it before i read this message - DAM!  but what i did was grouped it under pragmatics, lexis , phonology, discourse , graphology - which there is a lot of !  but at the beginning i talked about audience form structure etc. but linked it throughout - in this case it was medical website which has a wide audience but could suggest it is target towards stereotypical mums ( from the family and baby name links etc) i also talk a bit about the background - seeing as it is medical, Doctors have written these articles - well educated etc .  what grade did you get last year ??? im hoping for a B but i would be satisfied with a C ! i bet you did well , you sound like you know what you are talking about ! :)

Answered Thu 22nd March, 2012 @ 19:24 by Rebecca Woodington
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So what does GASPM mean or stand for ? Is it genre , audience, purpose , mode ????

Answered Mon 26th March, 2012 @ 00:08 by Rebecca Woodington
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??? help please ????

Answered Sun 1st April, 2012 @ 15:40 by Rebecca Woodington
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GASPM stands for Genre, Audience, Subject, Purpose and Mode :)

Answered Tue 1st May, 2012 @ 15:54 by Jessica :)
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Yeah, my teacher told me to do audience and porupose and then pick something like levels of formality, depending on what type of text you get.

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 11:26 by Julie
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ive just been looking at the mark scheme and there is a big chunk of marks for contextual factors :O . Would you perhaps link your connections between texts with socialect and idiolect . And how would you apply them ?

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 20:14 by Rebecca Woodington
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thankyou! that does !

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 18:52 by Rebecca Woodington
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how many groups and how many texts do you think i should do ... i was told no more than 3 groups and no more than 3 in each group otherwise it justs gets too vauge and that ... my teacher said she do 1 group of 3 if poss ... then 2 groups of 2

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 18:25 by Rebecca Woodington
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Yes, I agree. It's all up to how much in depth answers you give and how fast you write. But i agree, no more than 3 in each group or else you can't go into as much detail... and I would try to include every text in at least one of your groupings.

and sorry I couldn't reply to earlier questions.. :/ you can ask anything else you want. And when is your exam? I hope you do well :)

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 20:48 by Bakang Moholo
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I was also told about specific groupings - not just graphology etc . So what specific groupings are there?

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 22:53 by Rebecca Woodington