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Was A Level (now uni) student sharing the very best of the resources that I made during my studies with the aim to help others also reach their goals. Everything here helped me achieve A*A*A... I hope they help you or your class in some way! Feel free to drop me an email.
English Language Student Exemplar Responses | AQA A Level New Spec

English Language Student Exemplar Responses | AQA A Level New Spec

18 example student essays graded A/ A star Show your students another student’s approach to the essays and opinion articles… worth almost £70 :O A fantastic example essay for whatever you are teaching: language and diversity, meanings and representations, purpose/ audience/ mode, language discourses (the hardest element of the yr 2 exam!!), opinion articles and even the new NEA. The most crucial preparation for the exams is for students to practice writing essays/ articles, because whilst many students can memorize theories, facts and grammar, they need to be able to link these up and create a line of argument… … Show them how its done with this invaluable bundle of essays, all graded in the top band. Want notes as well as essays? Big english bundle here (£19.99): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/big-english-bundle-a-level-english-language-revision-11877689
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Paper 2 Mock A Level English Language AQA New Spec | Language Diversity and Change

Paper 2 Mock A Level English Language AQA New Spec | Language Diversity and Change

A completely FREE paper 2 mock for AQA A Level English Language. Includes Text A and Text B. Hope it helps you out… please leave a review if it did, i love to hear back from people ;). P.S. … I have a student model answer for the language discourses question (Q3) on this paper. It was awarded an A, and you can find it here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/language-discourses-example-student-essay-paper-2-q3-a-level-english-language-aqa-new-spec-11717774 Want to give your students another mock for this paper? I have more about to be posted. Follow my twitter @astarlevels or my TES shop to be notified when they’re out. My new mock paper is now LIVE: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/paper-2-mock-exam-a-level-english-language-diversity-and-change-11884018 “mind your slanguage” New mock paper: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/paper-2-mock-a-level-english-language-diversity-and-change-practice-paper-11884745 “dont talk garbage… American words”
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Language and Gender Activities | Theorists, Transcript Analysis, Practice Questions

Language and Gender Activities | Theorists, Transcript Analysis, Practice Questions

A Level English Language activities to help students become more confident with using theories and studies. Task 1: glossary of 9 language and gender theory cards to be sorted under the model that they fit best with. Useful activity to consider which theories fit together and can be used to discuss a certain idea. Task 2: a transcript of men and women discussing marriage that students should label with relevant theories i.e. a woman saying “jolly good” can be labeled with Lakoff’s ideas about empty adjectives as a feature of women’s inferior language. Task 3 and 4: four different pieces of data - a very versatile task. Students can analyse each piece of data, match it up to one of the four exam questions and then pick one to write an essay answer to. The poster included complements the activities pack. It is a straightforward resource giving a bedrock of theories, can be used for reference, revision or to support class/ home work. Check out my shop for loooaaads more A Level English Language resources!
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A Level English Language NEA A* Example Language Investigation

A Level English Language NEA A* Example Language Investigation

This full Language investigation was submitted to AQA in summer 2017 and awarded an A*. This makes it the perfect example to show students what is required of them in the NEA. Even students who pick an interesting topic for their investigation may struggle to achieve the top marks in the NEA because their levels of analysis, interpretation and overall conclusions are far too simple. However by looking at a complete (and highly successful) investigation, students can see how they should use their A level study so far as a toolkit to look closely at language and to make meaningful comments on it. An invaluable resource to introduce students to this part of the new A Level and hopefully inspire them with their own coursework. Includes full write up with data (two transcripts). I also have a directed writing and commentary - Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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English Language Student Exemplar Responses | AQA A Level New Spec

English Language Student Exemplar Responses | AQA A Level New Spec

18 example student essays graded A/ A star Show your students another student’s approach to the essays and opinion articles… worth almost £70 :O A fantastic example essay for whatever you are teaching: language and diversity, meanings and representations, purpose/ audience/ mode, language discourses (the hardest element of the yr 2 exam!!), opinion articles and even the new NEA. The most crucial preparation for the exams is for students to practice writing essays/ articles, because whilst many students can memorize theories, facts and grammar, they need to be able to link these up and create a line of argument… … Show them how its done with this invaluable bundle of essays, all graded in the top band. Want notes as well as essays? Big english bundle here (£19.99): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/big-english-bundle-a-level-english-language-revision-11877689
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A Level English Language NEA A* Example Original Writing with Commentary

A Level English Language NEA A* Example Original Writing with Commentary

This original writing and commentary was awarded an A* in summer 2017 when it was submitted to AQA, I am now sharing it with others in the hope it will be helpful. The original writing was based on the 'power of persuasion' since it is an OpEd, so, together with the commentary, would be hugely beneficial to students interested in this approach since it shows what standard is required for the top grades. However, this resource would of course be beneficial to all students as an introduction to the NEA, showing them how they can draw on what they have learned so far in their A level and how to approach the commentary, something they may be unfamiliar with. This resource truly is invaluable to show students what they should be aiming for and could even inspire their own work. Check out my other A Level English Language resources as well as my NEA resource- an A* Language investigation. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Example Student A GADE Essays | A Level English Language Revision (BUNDLE)

Example Student A GADE Essays | A Level English Language Revision (BUNDLE)

A collection of 6 example essays for the new A Level English language Paper 2 for year one and two students. Worth almost £20 :O These essays were produced by a student who achieved an A* in the new specification. Therefore the essays provide reliable examples of strong responses to the language and diversity questions. Some even include the examiner commentary down the side and suggestions for improvement which shows exactly what does/ does not work and provides a springboard for students to improve their own work. Excellent for those aiming for an A* as it shows the standard expected but beneficial for ALL students since it suggests one fool proof way to approach these kind of questions. Suggested use is to print and show students a model answer or perhaps asking them to mark the essays themselves. **18 example essays** (every one that you need!) can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-exemplar-responses-aqa-a-level-new-spec-11874400 (worth £60!!!)
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A Level English Language Paper 1 Revision FULL Example Essays/ Paper/ Student Exemplar | AQA NewSpec

A Level English Language Paper 1 Revision FULL Example Essays/ Paper/ Student Exemplar | AQA NewSpec

A students responses to three language and the individual questions: - Analyse how language is used to create meanings and representations - Analyse how language is used to create meanings and representations - Explore similarities and differences in ways text A and B use language (AQA A Level Specification) The paper was awarded an A overall so is a great example of what ambitious students should be aiming to produce. However it is beneficial for ALL students because it provides a fool proof example of how responses to these questions can be structured and the balance of grammar and interpretation needed. This could be used simply to show students a good response to the paper or they could try to mark it themselves. Hope this helps give some guidance when there is currently limited material around for the new spec :) Also check out my other paper one resource that's MARKED with examiner commentary. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

This detailed, challenging and concise revision booklet for written and multi modal child language acquisition is ideal for students aiming for an A/ A* since it is substantial and includes a range of exciting studies, concepts and theories. It is also useful for all students since it is clear, concise and includes content that directly relates to the specification. After looking at many revision resources, every textbook and online information, I have compiled this booklet which summarises many points for DISCUSSION rather than basic points that students simply regurgitate and score no marks for. It includes information on: Early writing Stages of writing development Spelling Types of spelling mistake Overcoming these challenges The effects of accent and dialect on spelling Hand writing development Socio economic issues surrounding child language development The ways parents can support children Scaffolding The influence of technology Phonics Genre Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Language and Social Group Example Student Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Language and Social Group Example Student Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Example A* essay for the new AQA English Language specification (2016). Evaluate the idea that a persons language is affected by the social group they belong to. This resource includes a sample question for the A level paper 2 on language and social group and the A* accompanying essay. The suggested use for this resource is to show students how an A* student arranges and argues ideas. It will show some key studies and ideas, how these link up and the perfect structure to get you an A*. It is useful for students of all abilities since it shows the standard required and can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam. It is invaluable to link up different studies and have a structure on how you will arrange your ideas already in mind before sitting the exam. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Big English Bundle | A Level English Language Revision

Big English Bundle | A Level English Language Revision

Summary sheet and example student essay for every topic in A Level English Langauge - Paper 2. Ideal revision for paper 2: content and practical skills… all worth £60 :O Speaks for itself really, everything you need to revise/ learn/ teach paper 2. Opinion article resources include example articles and a sheet showing different headlines/ straplines/ engaging openings to encourage students to show flair in their articles. PLUS - a bank of practice essay questions (a couple for each topic) for students to have a go themselves. View each resource to look at its in depth breakdown and the benefits it will have for your class. Interested in a bundle of 18 pieces of example student work? (£19.99) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-exemplar-responses-aqa-a-level-new-spec-11874400
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World English Revision Notes | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

World English Revision Notes | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

After looking at every textbook, revision guides and online resources, I have compiled this concise, clear and ambitious booklet. It includes interesting, recent and controversial information that opens up brilliant opportunities for discussion in the exam… crucial for students aiming for the highest grades. It could be printed out or used as it is or converted into a mind map or flashcards. What is included? introduction as to why english is a world language how English spread - inner, outer and explanding circle English and India case study English and the Caribbean case study English and Australia case study American English case study Advantages and disadvantges of a world language Singlish Chinglish Hinglish the rise of outer circle english speaking countries and the impact this will have on English in the future MLE pidgins and creoles Tok Pisin Pitcairnese Possible essay questions This was the revision booklet I used to secure an A star in my exam (summer 2017) and I am now sharing it in the hope it will help other students. I recommend it! Have you seen this? https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/world-english-revision-and-example-essay-a-level-english-language-new-spec-11873520 Includes this summary sheet, an example world english essay, an example student article, a revision checklist and a bank of loads of practice essay questions for you to try.
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Practice Exam Question Workbooks | A Level Psychology Revision AQA New Spec

Practice Exam Question Workbooks | A Level Psychology Revision AQA New Spec

This bundle includes four packs of exam questions for AQA psychology. Each pack covers one of the compulsory AS topics that appear in year one and year 2 exams: MEMORY, ATTACHMENT, SOCIAL and PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. The questions are usefully grouped so that once you have revised the topic you can test yourself on a range of questions that have appeared in the past, giving you ample opportunities to get familiar with the types of questions the exam board have asked in the past and no doubt will again. Even students who can recite their notes off by heart may struggle to achieve the top grades because they have poor exam technique, but this workbook is the ideal resource to improve exam technique simply by practicing! I spent a lot of time going through old specification AQA papers to find the questions that relate to the new specification. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Example Student Articles/ Opinion Pieces | A Level English Language Paper 2 Section B (BUNDLE)

Example Student Articles/ Opinion Pieces | A Level English Language Paper 2 Section B (BUNDLE)

An invaluable collection of 6 example student opinion articles, one headline/ strapline/ engaging opening worksheet and one powerpoint teaching students how to use text A and text B in their own articles. Many students can learn the content for the exams, but it can take a while for them to find the balance between linguistic content and engaging style. Therefore, this resource is exactly what is needed to show how to combine flair and fact for the perfect opinion articles. - 4 articles in the "example student opinion article" doc. - 1 article in the "Lesson" - 1 article in "non std varieties example student article" - Headline/ strapline/ opening doc is "eng lag opinion article revision"
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Accent and Dialect A* Revision Essay AQA English Language A level revision NEW SPEC

Accent and Dialect A* Revision Essay AQA English Language A level revision NEW SPEC

Example A* essay for the new AQA English Language specification (2016). Evaluate the idea that some accents and dialects are viewed less favourably than others. This resource includes a sample question for the A level paper 2 on accent and dialect, the A* accompanying essay and examiner commentary with mark awarded. I worked on this essay with my teacher (an AQA examiner) who then marked it so you can see what the examiners do and do not like, as well as seeing any suggestions for improvement that you can use in your own work. The suggested use for this resource is to look at how another student arranges and argues ideas. It will show you some key studies and theories, how these link up and a solid structure that works. It is useful for students of all abilities since it shows the standard required and can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam. It is invaluable to link up different studies and have a structure on how you will arrange your ideas already in mind before sitting the exam. Good luck :) Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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A Level English Language Practice Questions/ Example Essay Questions | AQA NEW SPEC

A Level English Language Practice Questions/ Example Essay Questions | AQA NEW SPEC

This is a bundle of practice essay questions for the new spec English language AQA paper 2 Q1: gender, accent and dialect, sociolect, world English and ethnicity & change. This resource provides students with multiple essays Qs for each topic in the specification, that could well appear on their paper. It has a checklist encouraging them to plan the essay first to pick the most relevant ideas, then to write it and most importantly get it marked for feedback. Because, despite many students being able to recite key studies and theories by Tannen, Cameron, Giles or Trudgill, without plenty of practice putting these theories into essays and linking up ideas, they often fail to reach the top marks. When preparing for A Level English Language the most crucial preparation is practice and this resource gives realistic, challenging and invaluable suggested questions. Would you prefer a **workbook** of exam questions? Find one here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-practice-essay-question-workbook-aqa-a-level-new-spec-11877669
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Example Student Articles | A Level English Language Paper 2 Section B Opinion Article Revision

Example Student Articles | A Level English Language Paper 2 Section B Opinion Article Revision

This collection of opinion articles written by A grade students is the ideal revision resource to introduce students to the kinds of articles they should be writing in the paper 2 exam. Initially it can be difficult for students to find the right balance of engaging style and academic content. However by looking at these successful articles, that were written by a student for the New Spec A Level, they can see what standard is expected and gives students something to aim for. The most crucial preparation for the exam is to PRACTICE the articles, so once students have seen a good one they can go away and be inspired to write their own. This should make the task much more manageable in the exam. Opinion articles have been written for: > Gender > Accent and dialect > Social group/ sociolect > Occupation For just £1 more get this bundle of six opinion articles, a lesson and a headline/ strapline/ opening revision sheet: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/example-student-articles-opinion-pieces-a-level-english-language-paper-2-section-b-11815506
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Issues and Debates Revision Booklet | A Level Psychology Revision AQA New Spec

Issues and Debates Revision Booklet | A Level Psychology Revision AQA New Spec

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new spec psychology paper on the topic of issues and debates. I used these notes only alongside practice Q's and achieved an A* in A Level Psychology... you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is (printed out as a booklet or downloaded on iBooks on your phone) or converted into your own flashcards or mindmap. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A* due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all psychology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. It covers every topic in this area of the spec: • Gender and culture in psychology – universality and bias. Gender bias including androcentrism and alpha and beta bias; cultural bias, including ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. • Free will and determinism: hard determinism and soft determinism; biological, environmental and psychic determinism. The scientific emphasis on causal explanations. • The nature-nurture debate: the relative importance of heredity and environment in determining behaviour; the interactionist approach. • Holism and reductionism: levels of explanation in psychology. Biological reductionism and environmental (stimulus-response) reductionism. • Idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation. • Ethical implications of research studies and theory, including reference to social sensitivity. And has a few exam questions with answers throughout so students can apply their knowledge. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Language and Diversity Theorists | Revision Posters | A Level English Language

Language and Diversity Theorists | Revision Posters | A Level English Language

Each poster provides a glossary of theorists relevant each topic on paper 2: Language and accent and dialect Language and Occupation group Language and gender Language and sociolect Whilst it is not exhaustive, it’s intended to give students a bedrock of relevant theorists explained with brevity and clarity. It’s a straightforward resource they can use for reference, revision, or to support other classroom/homework activities. Therefore, it could be useful for second years to re-cap the AS course, for revision , or to give to students before the exam as a set of to the point summaries. I have used a ‘cut the waffle’ approach, allowing students to include lots of material in essays in a quick and tidy way, allowing them more time to discuss and evaluate them (where marks are scored!). Having got an A* myself, i found that the best way :-) I have each topic written up in more detail as a summary sheet on my shop if you’re interested, check them out! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/language-and-diversity-summary-sheets-aqa-a-level-english-language-11972594 This resource has been designed for AQA A Level English Language. Check out my shop for more!
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A Level English Language Paper 1 Revision FULL Marked Paper/ Student Exemplar | AQA New Spec

A Level English Language Paper 1 Revision FULL Marked Paper/ Student Exemplar | AQA New Spec

A students MARKED responses to three language and the individual questions: - Analyse how language is used to create meanings and representations - Analyse how language is used to create meanings and representations - Explore similarities and differences in ways text A and B use language The paper was awarded an A overall so is a great example of what ambitious students should be aiming to produce. However it is beneficial for ALL students because it provides a fool proof example of how responses to these questions can be structured and the balance of grammar and interpretation needed. Each essay response is annotated by an examiner for AQA, has the mark for each AO at the end and suggestions for improvement. This could be used simply to show students a good response to the paper or another suggestion would be to crop off the mark awarded and students asked to assess it themselves. Hope this helps give some guidance when there is currently limited material around for the new spec :) Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Language and Gender Essay AQA English language A level

Language and Gender Essay AQA English language A level

Example A Grade essay for the new AQA English Language specification (2016): Evaluate the idea that men and women are represented differently in the English Language. This resource will show you some key studies and ideas, how these link up and the perfect structure to get you an A*. It is useful for students of all abilities but especially those wanting the top grades. If you like this free resource and want more, leave a review and follow my shop so I know! Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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Close Language Analysis Template | English Language A Level

Close Language Analysis Template | English Language A Level

hi! If you came from Twitter, thanks for all the retweets. If you want to try out the technique yourself, download this resource for free :-) This template is designed to guide students through close language analysis. I found this kind of approach the fastest and most effective way to label language features for AO1 and then to score really good AO3 with in depth analysis and links to wider ideas and meaning. The second slide is an example of how the template can help. Made for A Level but can be adapted for any level really. Even year 7s or GCSE will benefit from this technique. Download for free now and remember to leave a review! Check out my shop for more :-)
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Cognitive/ Memory Exam Question Workbook | A Level Psychology AQA New Spec

Cognitive/ Memory Exam Question Workbook | A Level Psychology AQA New Spec

This is a collection of exam questions for the new AQA Psychology specification (2016) focused on the topic of cognitive/ memory. The questions are usefully grouped so that once you have revised the topic you can test yourself on a range of questions that have appeared in the past, giving you ample opportunities to get familiar with the types of questions the exam board have asked in the past and no doubt will again. Even students who can recite their notes off by heart may struggle to achieve the top grades because they have poor exam technique, but this workbook is the ideal resource to improve exam technique simply by practicing! I have meticulously gone through past papers for the old specification and carefully selected the most relevant questions to the new spec, allowing students to prepare for exam questions that are likely to reappear. I also have these workbooks for attachment, social psychology and psychopathology- https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/attachment-exam-question-booklet-a-level-psychology-aqa-new-spec-11684162 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/social-psychology-exam-question-booklet-a-level-psychology-aqa-new-spec-11684168 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/psychopathology-revision-exam-question-booklet-a-level-psychology-aqa-new-spec-11684165
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