AS english language exam: how do i structure the language and gender essay?

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i am really struggling on how to structure the language and gender essay for the exam.. would anybody be able to explain the layout or show me an example essay? Please help, my exam is next week! Thankyou

Posted Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 16:19 by Grace

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I am resitting this on Wednesday after being ill last year and have been doing some past papers. The way my teacher taught me is to annotate the text first. If the text is a transcript, in the essay you need to talk about each conversation participant individually, start with the main talker or the one who initiates conversation, talk about what you've found in their speech and relate it to theories, say how it supports a theory or does not. You also need to make sure you relate to context throughout. You can use this to write your introduction, say how the environment they are in may affect the language or the realtionships between the people. Then, after a point you make in your essay, say how the context could have effected it. To conclude, sum up your ideas, say if the people supported theories or not, say if the context played a big part in the language.

If it is not a transcript, you do not need to look at gender theorists, unless their is some speech. Your introduction should discuss the context of the text, looking at the date it was written, talk about what was going on at that time and how it could effect the speech. Annotate the text, look at subverting and comforming to female/male sterotypes. Look for anything sexist. If they are images look at if they conform/subvert stereotypes. If their are characters in it, talk about each one individually, again talking about stereotypes. To conclude, say if the text conforms or subverts stereotypes. Make sure you say why they do this. You should also take note of when the text was written, as this can give you a big clue as to if the text is being sexist or is just normal for that time period.

Hope this helps!

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 11:58 by Charlotte Johnston
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I would first of all write a plan and think of everything you could talk about: What theories apply, topic of conversation, who has the most power, any stereotypes etc.

In the introduction always say an over view. This is, who participates in the text and what it's about. Then what ever is the most striking, for example, who has the most power or is there any use of colloquialisms, but don't talk about them in a lot of depth

Then for each of your paragraphs take each of your points you made in you plan and write about them in as much depth as possible, remembering to always relate back to context, so who the audience is, whether they are male, female.

and there's no need for a conclusion

Hope this helps. And good luck on Friday

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 10:42 by Catherine Goldsmith
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yh thats true catherine ** yh thats exactly how i would do it ** i mean its a great way to plan because u will pick up marks for it and showing a plan means that you are organised and you can demonstrate your knowledge to the examiner **.  Catherine Goldsmith and Grace if u need any help please feel free to mail me on [email protected] ** cheers ** hope u do well in ur exam **

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 10:48 by faizan rashid
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Thankyou so much, that has really helped. I'm finally getting my head around it now!

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 12:04 by Grace
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no worries grace can u email me please emial me bk on [email protected] ***

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 12:05 by faizan rashid
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hey Grace do u mind if we get to know each other **

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 12:08 by faizan rashid
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I am also doing my exam tomorrow, i find that when i annotate my text i try to scribble down all of my stronger points and some perhaps not as strong as these will help boost my marks. Its also a good idea to number the points you are going to make so that in your answer you are presenting it in a structured manner which will look good for the examiner. Use a rythmn like point, explanation throughout and tie in some theorists that have relevance to your point whether it is for or against that theorist. Dont overwhelm your response with too many theorists just make the relevant points and explain why it says this, what effect this will have etc. Hope this helps and good luck.

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 10:42 by kirsty winterman
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I have a model essay if you like (Marks: A02: 14, A03: 29) if you'd like me to type it up for you and send it to you it'd be no trouble! However, just generally, remember to link it back to the theorists and analyse - DON'T WAFFLE! A thing which really helped me is looking through the mark scheme (which our teacher did with us!) and it helps you pick out things which come up often, and what they're mainly marking you on (e.g. focus on AO3 points because you're getting double the marks for it!)

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 15:37 by Kerry
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There is no specific structure. Just make sure you read the question carefully and address all relevant studies and justify your use of them. 

Answered Sun 10th June, 2012 @ 22:00 by Polly Brown