How do you structure your AS English Language Essays?!

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Posted Tue 17th May, 2011 @ 11:05 by Amanda
Edited by Amanda on Wed 18th May, 2011 @ 09:41

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The groupings section comes first. They are looking for one broad grouping (such as mode or purpose) one slightly more detailed grouping (such as target audience with some specific linguistic reference) and then one linguistic grouping (such as use of imperatives/use of second person pronoun). They don't care about a nice neat start and rounded finish they just want you to prove that you know how to group a text not how to start a answer really nicely. The language and social conext section is not quite as simple. Just think of all of the points you can say and any relevant theories and try to lay it out nicely. Basically list the points you have about the language with some detail but not too much and every now and again mention relevant theories such as Deborah Tannen for language and gender. Hope this helps x

Answered Thu 19th May, 2011 @ 14:48 by Beth Brown
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- Declaration

I will be grouping texts A and B because they both share the primary purpose to persuade. Only write one declarative sentence here.

- Main Body

I tend to write one parangraph per shared effect or shared device/technique and acknowledge differences within these paragraphs...

For example: Both text A and B contain imperative sentences which is a similarity. However, text A aims to shock the reader through the use of this device whilst text B directs the reader in a more authoritative tenor.

Or: Both text a and B aim to engage and attract the reader. However text A uses graphology to grab the reader's attention whilst text B relies on phonology and these reflect the mode of the texts (text A being a magazine advert and text B a radio advert).

Obviously both of those would be more expanded and detailed but you get the idea of including differences in the paragraphs. The second example also goes into AO3 a bit at the end (referring to context)

There's no need to conclude these essays and the number of paragraphs (above) you use will depend on how much time you have. Hope this helps

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 13:18 by Harry Jones
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For the grouping texts bit, i tend to focus on the main frameworks, as well making reference to context. If i have enough time, then i will talk about other frameworks. For the second bit, I tend to read the data very carefully, then go through different theories.

Answered Wed 18th May, 2011 @ 13:47 by Lanta
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Thank you. the advise was very useful. Any more advise on groupings and how to successfully group?  If i grouped texts according to discourse, what could be the difference, could i then say that it's maybe different due to a different audience, or would that be a separate group?  thanks 

Answered Wed 28th December, 2011 @ 17:08 by emily
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Anyone have any idea how to structure language and gender essays?

Answered Mon 9th January, 2012 @ 12:33 by Kim
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You'd just have an introduction on what you're going to be discussing in the essay, such as linguistic methods, then you'd start your first paragraph with one of the methods, e.g. graphology and then you would use the piece of text you're given to explain that. Then, add some theory in to show different viewpoints... and it's go on like that for all of the essay really. :) Hope it helps!

Answered Fri 13th April, 2012 @ 19:29 by Matt Lanter's the best!! :)
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looooooooooooooool.resitting this shizz in january-_- how the frig do i get higher than a C this time , how much detail are these examiners asking for maaaaaaaaaaahn

Answered Sat 8th December, 2012 @ 23:44 by RumZ
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Here's what i do.

*Write about the context, purpose, audience, content, attitude, text type, tone and the themes.

*Identify any special features of it's layout
*Look at paragraph structure
*Narrative stance (1st person, 2nd person, etc.)
*Consider any features of speech
*Register (audience)

*Identify word classess
*Sentence types
*Any particular features of punctuation
*Sentence modd

*Word Classes, etc.

Good luck! Hope this helps :)

Answered Mon 4th March, 2013 @ 14:15 by Eleanor King
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To make sure you get marks  for a systematic approach. Use the different frameworks as paragraph seperators (both questions, except if you group on the framework) and this will make the examiner think you are systematic-AO2. 

Also for question 2, at the end of every paragraph link back to the context as this is heavily weighted on that question.

Good luck!

Answered Wed 6th March, 2013 @ 14:28 by Bethany Cunningham
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I try to pick a wide grouping (Grammar, purpose etc. from a lang. framework.) Then 2-3 smaller groupings (Sentence types, pronoun use etc.). It is good if you can link the groups together in some way/expand on your grouping choice. At the end, if there are any texts that I couldn't group, I label them as 'problematic' and give reasons why they couldn't be grouped. Getting as much information down is necessary (adding a * and writing another paragraph at the end) as the appearance is not an issue as long as your essay is legible. Also technical terms, a good way to do this link texts/groups together through the use of these terms. 

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 17:27 by Matthew
Edited by Matthew on Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 17:28
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avoid writing in foreign languages e.g. spanish, zulu 

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:09 by Abel