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YEAR 11 WJEC REVISION GUIDE- ENGLISH 2015
WJEC ENGLISH LANGUAGE GCSE ­ 2nd June 2015
UNIT 1- READING 1 HOUR- 20%
UNIT 2- WRITING 1 HOUR - 20%
UNIT 1 READING ­ 1 HOUR
MEDIA/ NON FICTION COMPARISON
This section will ask you to analyse non fiction texts. This could be newspaper articles/magazine
articles/ leaflets/ websites/ reviews etc. It is testing your ability to read for meaning and
understand how arguments are presented and developed.…read more

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Another question will ask you how a certain impression, view or tone is portrayed. For
these questions you should consider choice of language, sentence structure, and use of
punctuation and the content of the writing.
One question will ask you to consider how the text attracts its audience or how effective it
is for its purpose. Consider:
1. Presentational devices ( subheadings, titles, captions, pictures, use of bold etc)
2. The use of language (how is persuasive? Emotive? Informative? etc.…read more

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Common mistakes from the mock-
Make sure you have at least 10 points for Q1
Those who planned a grid or used systematic comparison of points scored higher on Q4
Do not just use Q4 as repetition of all the points you've said in the other questions. Try to
include an over arching paragraph comparing the views and ideas expressed.
Make sure you are clear on whether the views expressed by the writer are their own or are
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Try to expand your vocabulary. Use words you do not normally use. It doesn't matter if
you're not completely sure how to spell them. You get points for trying.
Use standard English and avoid slang
Make sure you engage your reader. Use any trick you can to guarantee your reader is
interested and continues to read.
Remember to highlight the key points of the question.
Consider TAP
1. What do they want you to write?
2.…read more

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What would be good to use as an
introduction, the main and your conclusion?
The best marks are awarded when people plan what they are going to say and you can see
a logical development of their argument.
You need to think about what points you will make and in what order.
Think of an examiner like a fish you want to catch...…read more

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Anecdotes
· Magic 3
· Facts and figures
· Detailed reasons and justification
CHECK YOUR PURPOSE, AUDIENCE and FORMAT
What is it you are supposed to be writing? Plan your answer to ensure you are clear on
your purpose
Make sure your purpose is CLEAR
Make sure your language appeals to your target audience- who is it aimed at? Is this clear
from your vocabulary?
Choose the right tone and style for your audience
If asked to write a letter- make sure you set it…read more

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We know from experience , that people our age....'
Aiming for an A/ A*?
· Getting the top marks is about making your piece of writing stand out from the crowd.
· Remember the examiner will be reading hundreds of examples of the same thing. How can
you make yours different?
· You could choose to write from the perspective of a character?
· Be creative, show originality and flair.…read more

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An informal letter
A speech
A magazine article
A review
A leaflet
USE WRITING TECHNIQUES
WRITING TO ARGUE
This is where you need to balance both sides of an argument and then give your own
opinion. It is important that you acknowledge the opposing argument and then try to
counter argue with your point of view.
Start with a statement that you may not agree with. For example, `Some people believe
that ..........however, I believe........…read more

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Use imperative verbs ( must, put, place, add, move etc)
Offer helpful alternatives
Consider other places the audience can get help ( organisations, charities, internet etc)
Be encouraging and keep your tone friendly.
Writing to REVIEW/ ANALYSE/ COMMENT
Be very clear who your audience is and what format you have been asked to use.
Choose language that would appeal to your target audience
If reviewing something make sure that you consider all aspects of the product and who it
might appeal to.…read more

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