English Literature and Language

This course offers a wonderful opportunity to explore how language works on many levels and ways – both in ‘real life’ and in literature.

Content:
We rely on the language choices of a writer to make meaning in what we read. Our language is full of literary features and our literature would collapse without its linguistic frameworks. This course builds on the skills you have developed while studying GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature and enables you to harness the knowledge – past, present and future – of the power of the written and spoken word.  You will study a range of texts, both literary and nonfiction, as well as spoken language, within frameworks such as phonology and phonetics and contexts of production and reception.

Paper 1: Views and Voices
(written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS level)

Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose
Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Paper 2: People and Places
(written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS level)

Remembered Places – the representation of place
Re-creative Writing – adapting and shaping original material
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities