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A Level English Language: Language Theorists Resource
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A Level English Language: Language Theorists Resource

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This resource has been designed for AQA A Level English Language (new specification). It is a brief glossary of theorists relevant to the different areas of study on the course: - Language and dialect/accent - Language and Age - Language and Occupation - Language Change Over Time - Language and Gender This could be useful to re-cap from the AS course, for revision towards the end of the AS course, or to give to students now on the second year of the new programme. Whilst it is not exhaustive, it's intended to give students a bedrock of relevant theorists explained in a brief but clear way, and it's a straightforward resource they can use for reference, revision, or to support other classroom/homework activities.
A Level English Language - World Englishes: Key Ideas and Concepts
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A Level English Language - World Englishes: Key Ideas and Concepts

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Closely following David Crystal's book, English as a Global Language, this reference booklet identifies some of the reasons for: - The English language's position of world importance - Issues and considerations surrounding the topic of English as a global language - What could happen in future. It is intended to support AQA's new A Level English Language (second year of the course). The booklet asks lots of questions: these could be for students to discuss in class, make notes on in their own time, or even draft their own exam questions for one another (if they can also identify a suitable piece of data to accompany their questions!) It should support learner understanding of some of the relevant context for the position of English.
A Level English Language (AQA) Language Diversity: dialect and accent revision pack
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A Level English Language (AQA) Language Diversity: dialect and accent revision pack

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A resource intended for students of A Level English Language to work through after completing their work on UK accent & dialect as part of their ‘language diversity and change’ content. This resource has been put together with AQA’s new specification in mind, but could potentially be adapted. The pack recaps diversity within the UK, so with some tweaking to the final task could suit the AS specification. The pack asks students to self-reflect on their current levels of knowledge before undertaking a range of revision activities: simple recall, table-filling, mind-mapping, discussion, evaluating key ideas and recapping key theorists. The theorists and key ideas here can be found in the Cambridge English Language A/AS Level for AQA textbook (Giovanelli et al), so this would be a good support for students who have used this book. The development activities at the end of the pack are based on Paper 2 exam tasks and students could do some or all of these.
The Lovely Bones Revision Resource
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The Lovely Bones Revision Resource

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Designed to accompany the new AQA specification for AS Level English Language & Literature: Paper 1 (Views and Voices) for those who have elected to study The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This resource goes into general detail on the structure and timings of the exams, focusing on Paper 1; it deals with FAQs and provides structured guidance on how to prepare for the exam from three months prior to it. It also contains space for students to self-assess their own revision requirements, with some add-on activities on themes in the novel, plus comment on how setting, point of view, sense of space/place/time and characterisation are explored (in line with AQA's own guidance on exam responses). Finally, there are a range of text extracts and possible questions, to allow students to practice their writing skills. This resource is intended to be given out when all the reading is complete. It also presupposes that students will have kept a reading log.
AQA English Language & Literature - Paris Anthology - The Seven Ages of Paris
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AQA English Language & Literature - Paris Anthology - The Seven Ages of Paris

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Some of the Paris Anthology texts are very tricky; this resource is intended to support students as they read The Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne. It breaks down the text into manageable chunks, providing summaries and glossaries for each section. There are some illustrations to aid understanding, and at the end there are some short development tasks. This would be suitable for AS or A Level students studying this text. * Edited to add: after a couple of disappointed reviews, please may I ask you to be clear on what this resource is: it’s a reading guide. It is not a scheme of work or a lesson plan. Thank you. *
Harvest - Jim Crace (AQA English Literature B 7717)
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Harvest - Jim Crace (AQA English Literature B 7717)

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Harvest by Jim Crace. Paper 2 of the AQA English LIterature B syllabus - Political and Social Protest Writing. This range of resources covers every chapter of the book by turn. It uses comprehension, recap, discussion and mind-mapping to build written skills. We taught this text for Section C (alongside Blake) but if your text combinations are different or you teach this text for Section B, there is still plenty of relevant material throughout. There is also a reading log, and two sets of revision session resources to revisit at the end of the term/year. Please note that where the resources mention an exemplar, this refers to the exemplar material available via AQA itself. References to the text refer to the Picador paperback edition (2013).
AQA A Level English Language & Literature: Understanding Chic
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AQA A Level English Language & Literature: Understanding Chic

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This activity pack is intended to be used with AQA’s new specification English Language & Literature course - developing understanding of one of the texts in the Paris Anthology, Understanding Chic by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. The workpack includes a discussion of the key term ‘chic’, work on language techniques such as sensory language, more focused work on language techniques (such as how a sense of the dramatic is created in the text), mind-mapping, written extension tasks, and a recast activity which links in with other texts in the anthology.
Full resource bundle PARIS ANTHOLOGY (AQA English Language & Literature)
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Full resource bundle PARIS ANTHOLOGY (AQA English Language & Literature)

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This is a range of activities intended to support: **AQA English Language and Literature - Paris Anthology ** There is a range of different activities on each of the texts, taking a number of different approaches. There are specific language focuses throughout, to encourage students to get to grips with the ‘language levels’ AQA encourages. The activities range from planning grids, to sample assessment questions, to presentations (many of which are interactive and could be used for independent study) and structured booklets. I have also included some introductory grammar resources, which will help students to work with the texts. I make mention of two acronyms during the resources - PETE paragraphs (point, evidence, technical term, explain/elaborate) and GAPS - discussing a text’s genre, audience, purpose and structure. These could easily be modified to fit in with your centre’s usual methods. There is an abundance of material here which I hope you will find helpful.
World Englishes - 'Hinglish': A Level English Language
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World Englishes - 'Hinglish': A Level English Language

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Intended for A Level English Language students entering the second year, studying World Englishes, debates and ideas (AQA new specification). This also includes a BBC newspaper article on Hinglish (attributed, with link) followed by some questions for students.
Paris Anthology: Helen Maria Williams resources
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Paris Anthology: Helen Maria Williams resources

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One of the more challenging texts in the Paris Anthology for AS English Language & Literature, it can feel like you need to give a mini history lesson before tackling the text itself with Helen Maria Williams' 'Letters from France'. This PowerPoint presentation and an accompanying booklet help to blend an understanding of the political/social climate with tasks encouraging closer reading of literary techniques.
A Level English Language & Literature - Ernest Hemingway - On Paris (Paris Anthology)
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A Level English Language & Literature - Ernest Hemingway - On Paris (Paris Anthology)

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This resource comprises two parts and is tailored towards the AS Level/A Level in English Language & Literature (AQA new specification). The first part is a straightforward piece of independent study which students could do on Hemingway to give them some broad context for reading from the Anthology. The second resource is a booklet containing a range of activities to boost understanding and analytical skills. It has an AO1 focus but encourages students to forge links between language levels and meanings, which is something which my first year students have found tricky this year. The PETE paragraph structure mentioned refers to ‘point, evidence, technical terms, explain’ but could easily be tweaked to reflect any writing models you may use. It is bite-sized so that work can be reviewed as students go along, or for more able students, it could be used as homework. The development activity at the end of the booklet is more suited to the AS specification exams, but could be used as a way of engaging students with the Hemingway texts.
Paper 1, Question 3 in AQA AS English Language
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Paper 1, Question 3 in AQA AS English Language

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This is a revision resource for students following the new specification AS English Language qualification (AQA). It focuses on Question 3 specifically, based on feedback from my students that they were unsure what to identify/how to structure responses. The resource pack contains: - A recap on how Q3 differs to Q1 and Q2; - The Assessment Objective for Q3 and how to interpret this; - A possible 'toolkit' to help students engage with the task, pointing them towards Genre, Audience, Purpose and Structure; - A bank of useful terms for comparing/contrasting; - Two sample texts linked by topic, in keeping with the exam style questions (although slightly shorter than the sample exam material provided by AQA, to fit in with revision); - A planning grid for initial approaches to the texts; - A sample response, which encompasses AQA's recent training as well as the sample mark scheme for Paper 1; - Some general pointers and guidance on how to approach this paper of the exam. This activity could be given for homework or independent study, or it could be modified for classroom use.
Prescriptivism and Descriptivism - Recap
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Prescriptivism and Descriptivism - Recap

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This is a recap for A2 English Language - Language Change students ahead of their exams. It covers prescriptivism and descriptivism, whilst also introducing some of Jean Aitchison's analogies for negative views of language change (the 'crumbling castle', the 'damp spoon' and the 'contagious disease'). It has in-built discussion points, as well as an extension activity where students research their own newspaper articles reflecting prescriptivist/descriptivist outlooks. Could be a good way to round off the course.
A Level English Language - Language Change - Samuel Johnson
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A Level English Language - Language Change - Samuel Johnson

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Put together for A Level English Language students (AQA). This presentation worked for the Language Change Over Time element of the old specification, but could be useful for Language Change in the new specification too. Contains: - Basic introduction - Embedded media clips (correct at time of posting) - Timed activity, with link to online timer - A sample of Johnson's writing, from the Preface to the Dictionary - Stretch & Challenge activity - Ideas and discussion points - Links to Johnson's Online Dictionary and an activity based on this.
Paris Anthology - spoken language and transcript texts
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Paris Anthology - spoken language and transcript texts

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This is a selection of activities based on a selection of spoken language and transcript texts from the AQA English Language and Literature Paris Anthology. Please note that these resources also appear in a complete bundle of activities based on the whole anthology. This is a range of activities based on: Lonely Planet - Fine French Food Lonely Planet - Visiting Paris Memories of Places in Paris - Isabelle and Sophia Eating in Paris - Mike, Isabelle and Sophia Visiting Paris - Mike and Sophia Personal narratives - Zara and Anna Stories are Waiting in Paris There is a range of teacher-led and student-led activities with scope for independent learning and/or homework.
AQA A Level English Language & Literature - DRAMATIC ENCOUNTERS - Arthur Miller, 'All My Sons'
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AQA A Level English Language & Literature - DRAMATIC ENCOUNTERS - Arthur Miller, 'All My Sons'

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This is a bundle of resources and a SOW for tackling Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ for the Dramatic Encounters element of the AQA A Level English Language & Literature qualification (new spec). The SOW spans 14 weeks, although this is based on my centre, which has 90 minute sessions (there was one lesson per week on the play). It provides directed reading activities, starters, extract analyses and presentations on aspects of the play. Some sample essay questions are provided. Quizzes to test understanding, sometimes mentioned in the SOW, can be found on Moodle: search for username ‘KeriLO’. There is also a revision booklet. (Where I refer to PETE paragraphs, this means Point, Evidence, Technical Term, Elaboration - it’s something we use here to encourage students to write in enough detail.)
The Lovely Bones: 12 Week Scheme of Work (AS Language & Literature)
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The Lovely Bones: 12 Week Scheme of Work (AS Language & Literature)

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This resource includes a complete SOW for teaching this novel for the new AS English Language & Literature specification (AQA). Because there’s a great deal to fit into the AS year, the scheme runs over twelve weeks (our sessions run for ninety minutes.) Included are: - A 24 page Scheme of Work with activities, links, how work can be assessed, differentiation and space to self-evaluate how the sessions have gone - A range of PowerPoint presentations, clearly linked to the appropriate week. Presentations embed written skills, a range of activities and are linked to AQA specifications - Worksheets and writing frames for student support, again all clearly numbered and linked to the SOW - A reading record for students.
The Phonemic Alphabet
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The Phonemic Alphabet

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Designed to introduce AS/first year A Level English Language students to the Phonemic Alphabet. All activities are built in to the PowerPoint. This is designed for AQA English Language (new specification) but may work with other boards, or with 'Language Change' on the old AQA spec A2 English Language.
Essay writing guide: AQA A Level English Literature
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Essay writing guide: AQA A Level English Literature

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A basic introduction to writing an A Level English Literature essay. This is aimed at AQA English Literature Specification B, but would fit with the other specification. It includes basic information, a self-assessment task on experiences of writing essays, pointers for successful essays, pointers for the specific kinds of essays which AQA require in exams, a section on troubleshooting, guidance on the mark scheme and some space to summarise written feedback/set personal targets. You could include the mark scheme itself alongside this pack.