Structure of the English Language Paper

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Understanding Non-fiction
Non ­ Fiction: texts are such which communicate ideas or descriptions which are assumed to be
Passing Paper 1, Section A ­ The formula
Question 1 : Retrieval (8marks)
- Like comprehension
- Taking key information
Question 2: Presentational Features (8marks)
Question 3: Interference and deduction (8marks)
Question 4: language comparison (16 marks)
Question 1:
want to see if you understand
want you to summarise, with the main points
include facts/ quotes from article
4-5 relevant points with 4-5 short pieces of evidence
Question 2
Presentational features :
4-5 relevant points
E.g. headline big and bold; attracting readers attention
Question 3
Inference and deduction (inference is when you read between the lines and pick up on
hints/ suggestions) (deduction is when you reach on a conclusion based on facts)
4-5 relevant points and quotes
Brief analysis
Question 4

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Comparing language (teaching etc) in two texts
4-5 devices in each
Active- Reading Features
Involves reading a text and actively identifying (annotationg /labelling) the core elements of
the text while you read
Purpose ­ why the text is written
Audience ­ who a text has been written for
- refer audience as readers / telegraph readers to avoid restricting yourself
Type of Purpose:
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Former Member

5/5 Excellent description on the Section A of this paper

? Secret - Team GR

Thanks Ruby .. hope its useful n helpful for everyone ! :) x

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