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AQA English Language
Summary of Questions 1-3 (part a)
Questions 1-3 all award 8 marks.
Question 4 offers 16 marks.
Spend 15 minutes on every 8 marks available.
Q1- Retrieval (Find information) The first question will always ask you to find specific
information; you need to make sure you retrieve relevant information.
Think about the following: - target audience, language style (colloquial or formal) and its purpose. You need mention
these, but still make sure you answer the question directly.
Look out for:-facts, tips or advice.
When writing your answer use a simple structure to create an effective answer:
PEE-Point, evidence, example
PEEF-Point, evidence, explain, (explain further)
Q2-Presentational This question will be testing your understanding of how layout and presentation
features are used in media texts.
You are expected to write about what the writer is hoping to achieve and how particular presentational features
have been used to support the writer's purpose.
Key words to refer to in your answer:-Headline, subheading, font, capitals, caption, bold-italics-underline, slogan,
logo and photographs & graphics.
When you comment on presentational features you need to explain how they work with each other to
fulfill its purpose, which you need to identify and create an overall effect.
Q3-Inference With this question you need to read between the lines or infer meaning from the text.
There is a literal level of meaning, what is actually being stated-inference
Key technique with inference-irony. It can be created by rhetorical techniques, exaggeration and understatement
The reader infers meaning from the text, but the writer implies it.
You can infer meaning in a variety of ways, from the language chosen, the structure and organisation of
the text, the pictures and other presentational features.