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A Level English Language NEA A* Example Language Investigation
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A Level English Language NEA A* Example Language Investigation

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This full (5 page) 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. Title: An investigation into the language used by politicians in resignation speeches Introduction: My investigation focuses on the language used by politicians in speeches when resigning as leader of their party. I have chosen this topic because the subject of resignation is complex; politicians must accept defeat whilst still defending the image of their party. Beginning my investigation by reading secondary sources of research, such as articles from Pullum and Charteris-Black , provided me with further tools to analyse the speeches. Furthermore I may gain insight into the way specific features are added to speeches in order to make the audience feel a certain way. Aims • To uncover how resignation speeches use language to protect the political party’s image. • To identify any patterns of language used by politicians. ............... 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
Original Writing and Commentary Example NEA
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Original Writing and Commentary Example NEA

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A Level English Language A* example NEA. 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 a helpful model piece of work. 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.
Child Language Acquisition Transcript & Example Essay
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Child Language Acquisition Transcript & Example Essay

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Two transcripts of conversations between mother and 3 y/o daughter with an accompanying activity sheet and example student written essay answer based off the data included… (easily turned into mock) Activity sheet will guide students through the initially daunting task of analysing large chunks of data. Beginning with labeling and searching for features, then, later, getting students to combine what is in front of them with the theory they have been taught. Throughout the tasks, students are encouraged to think about theories, how to explain these, and the importance of labeling features to score AO1. By the end of the sheet, students will have written one paragraph to an essay question. Since you have access to the essay question and transcript, you could set it as a mock question after. Also includes example student essay (“Evaluate the idea that children’s linguistic development is the result of an innate capacity to learn language.”) so students can see how a successful student answered the question using the transcript. Since the data is included, this is easily reworked into a mock exam. You can then show students the model answer to compare to their work.
A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Answers & Mock
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A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Answers & Mock

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3 example essay answers for paper 1 of AQA A Level English language. Student written and awarded a top band mark. Includes both sources so can be set as a mock for paper 1. All answers are annotated by an AQA examiner. 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 Why it works: student written example is great model for all students beneficial for students aiming for an A* because analyses top band grammar features annotated by AQA examiner with mark for each AO and suggestions for improvement sources are a modern text and old letter - perfect to practice timely element of year 2 exam sources included so can be set as a mock then use example essay to show students a good answer Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Accent and Dialect A* Example Essay AQA English Language A Level
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Accent and Dialect A* Example Essay AQA English Language A Level

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A Level English Language top band, student written model essay. This top band essay was awarded an A* by an AQA examiner. It will demonstrate how to select the most useful information from a study and how to layer studies to build a line of argument and evaluate an idea. It is useful for students of all abilities since it can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam. But it is great for top ability students since it shows how to write with flair and unlock the top marks. This is a really versatile model essay. Why it works as a critical resource for A level english: student written so gives expectation for other students top band answer shows how to arrange and argue ideas marked by an AQA examiner easily reworked as a template for your own essay! Written, tried and tested by me, an A* student. Downloaded, used and loved by countless students across the country! This could save your grade! Tweet me @astarlevels, email me, and check out my shop for over 100 resources including full sets of notes, exemplar essays for every topics, exam papers, activities, transcripts and more!
A Level English Language Revision
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A Level English Language Revision

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Complete and total revision for BOTH PAPERS. Everything you need is right here. I give you the NOTES so you can learn the theory and then an example student ESSAY so you can see how to tackle the exam. Plus a revision checklist and bank of practice questions. Full breakdown below. Each resource available separately. Bundle saving over £45!! (All tried and tested by an A* student (me) @astarlevels) - the CONTENT and ESSAY ANSWERS/ ARTICLES. Paper 1 Section A: example essay answer for q1,2,3 graded A* Paper 1 Section B: child language spoken revision notes child language written and multi modal revision notes child language example A* essay answer Paper 2 Section A: gender complete revision notes accent and dialect complete revision notes sociolect complete revision notes occupation complete revision notes world english complete revision notes language change complete revision notes gender A* essay answer accent and dialect A* essay answer sociolect A* essay answer occupation A* essay answer world english A* essay answer language change A* essay answer Paper 2 Section B: language discourses example essay answer opinion article examples Plus: revision checklist practice questions DM me on Twitter @astarlevels if you have any questions ;)
Opinion Article Revision A Level English Language
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Opinion Article Revision A Level English Language

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I created this revision resource so that I had a pre prepared headline, strapline and engaging opening for every possible opinion article that could crop up in AQA English Language A Level Paper two question 4/ AS level Paper two question 3. Tried and tested by an A* student. The BEST resource to show students how to open their opinion articles in an academic and engaging way. Hopefully this should get the creative juices flowing and help them write their own OpEds. Recommended use is to use this as a springboard for creating your own headlines/ straplines/ openings that will leave you feeling prepared to enter the exam and tackle the challenging question 4… there is simply not enough time in the exam to try and generate this on the spot so I’d suggest having something in mind and a few good headlines etc up your sleeve. They are versatile enough to be used for any type of texts/ resource that could be presented but also witty enough to be engaging and present a clear line of argument (exactly what is required to enter the top bands). Opinion articles written by a student can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-english-language-paper-2-section-b-opinion-article-revision-example-student-articles-11721810
A Level Psychology Revision Checklist AQA
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A Level Psychology Revision Checklist AQA

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This bundle includes three revision checklists that allow students to keep track of everything and exactly what they need to know: All year 1 content All year 2 content All of research methods The checklists cover every topic on the spec so you can just use the topics that apply to you. Includes all optional topics, research methods, approaches and biopsychology. Based directly off the specification so it is everything you need to know - check there aren’t any gaps in your knowledge! Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Language and Social Group Example Essay
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Language and Social Group Example Essay

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A Level English Language top band, student written model essay. This top band essay was awarded an A* by an AQA examiner. It will demonstrate how to select the most useful information from a study and how to layer studies to build a line of argument and evaluate an idea. It is useful for students of all abilities since it can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam. But it is great for top ability students since it shows how to write with flair and unlock the top marks. This is a really versatile model essay. Written, tried and tested by me, an A* student. Downloaded, used and loved by countless students across the country! This could save your grade! Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
A Level English Language Example Essays
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A Level English Language Example Essays

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19 model answers student written graded A/ A*. There is a student model essay here covering every section of both exam papers, as well as both parts of the NEA & a bank of exam style essay questions to try yourself… no wonder its a best seller! You’ll be fully prepared to tackle the exam. Show your students another student’s approach to the essays and opinion articles… worth £74… save over £50 :O 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 and written by an actual student. The breakdown: NEA; A* example student written language investigation A* example student written original writing and commentary Paper 1 Section A: 2 example essay answers for q1,2,3 graded A* Paper 1 Section B: child language example A* essay answer Paper 2 Section A: 2 gender A* essay answers 2 accent and dialect A* essay answers sociolect A* essay answer occupation A* essay answer world english A* essay answer language change A* essay answer Paper 2 Section B: 2 language discourses example essay answers opinion article examples on AS topics opinion article example on non std varieties of english i.e. world BOTH PAPERS: Notes for revision & all essays: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/complete-english-language-revision-12098082 PAPER 2: Notes & essays? Big english bundle here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/big-english-bundle-a-level-english-language-revision-11877689
Language and Diversity Paper 2 Summary Sheets
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Language and Diversity Paper 2 Summary Sheets

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Detailed yet concise summary sheet for every topic on paper 2, suitable for all A Level students, including those wanting to access the highest grades! The summary sheets include interesting, recent and controversial information that opens up brilliant opportunities for discussion in the exam… crucial for students aiming for the highest grades. But the variety and clarity of information makes it essential for students of all abilities. A total set of notes for each topic. I have described each resource in great depth individually, please feel free to read its breakdown! Essentially, they includes lots of key studies/ ideas/ theories – a total set of notes for each topic. Read them, learn them, practice writing essays with them and use them in the exam - you’ll be on your way to success!
Language and Occupation Example Student Essay | A Level English Language
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Language and Occupation Example Student Essay | A Level English Language

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Example A* essay for the new AQA English Language specification (2016). WITH EXAMINER COMMENTARY. This resource includes a sample question for the A level paper 2 on language and sociolect/ occupation and the A grade accompanying essay. Examiner commentary means students can see exactly what AQA examiners do and do not like; this should ultimately provide inspiration for their own work. The suggested use for this resource is to look at how a good student arranges and argues ideas. It will show some key studies and theories, how these link up and the perfect structure for an A. You could have students mark it as an activity. Why it works as a critical resource for A level english: student written so gives expectation for other students top band answer shows how to arrange and argue ideas marked by an AQA examiner easily reworked as a template for your own essay! Tweet me @astarlevels, email me, and check out my shop for over 100 resources including full sets of notes, exemplar essays for every topics, exam papers, activities, transcripts and more!
A Level English Language Example Student Articles/ Opinion Pieces
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A Level English Language Example Student Articles/ Opinion Pieces

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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. Made for A Level English Language A Level Paper 2 Section B. 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" Tried and tested by an A* student... chat with me on twitter @astarlevels
Paper 2 Revision A Level English Language
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Paper 2 Revision A Level English Language

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Summary sheet and example student essay for every topic in A Level English Langauge - Paper 2. Ideal for content and practical skills… all worth over £60… save £40 :O Speaks for itself really, everything you need to revise/ learn/ teach paper 2 - a fully complete bundle for this exam… no wonder it’s a best seller! Opinion article resources include example articles and a sheet showing different headlines/ straplines/ engaging openings to encourage students to show flair in their articles. Summary sheets include points for discussion rather than regurgitating facts. Loads and loads of content in a concise manner - perfect revision. Essays show how to link up ideas in an A* style 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. Follow me :-) @astarlevels Interested in a bundle of 18 pieces of example student work covering every question on both papers PLUS the NEA? Get this: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-exemplar-responses-aqa-a-level-new-spec-11874400
A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Essays & Mock
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A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Essays & Mock

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3 example essay answers for paper 1 of AQA A Level English language. Student written and awarded a top band mark. Includes both sources so can be set as a mock for paper 1 with included model answers. 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 source material can be used as a mock example answers used as a model for how to tackle this data
World English Example Essay
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World English Example Essay

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A Level English Language top band, student written model essay. This top band essay was awarded an A* by an AQA examiner. It will demonstrate how to select the most useful information from a study and how to layer studies to build a line of argument and evaluate an idea. It is useful for students of all abilities since it can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam & shows how to pull what you’ve studied together into an essay. But it is great for top ability students since it shows how to write with flair and unlock the top marks. This is a really versatile model essay. Why it works as a critical resource for A level english: student written so gives expectation for other students top band answer shows how to arrange and argue ideas works as a concise summary of key studies easily reworked as a template for your own essay! Could be used as a marking activity or simply to show students how to structure essays before they try themselves! Written by an A* student and download, used and loved by countless students and teachers across the country. Download to get the full essay in a word document. Small sample section deliberately shown in preview
How to get an A* in A Level English Language
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How to get an A* in A Level English Language

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Everything i think that i did, that others might not have, that got me an A*. Techniques and advice, student to student, to make revision effective, efficient and relevant to the exam. Download four pages of advice for free! My article links you to other free resources i have, like mock exams, templates and essays, which can be downloaded with a TES account. I have written four pages that explain my unique approach to: saying something useful about studies/ theories analysing data/ grammar getting AO3 marks planning essays and using these to hack the exam <-- game changer! reducing workload memorising theory Follow my twitter @astarlevels and check out the linked resources at the end that will no doubt help you revise. Good luck you can do it!!! :-)
Cognitive Psychology/ Memory Exam Questions Workbook
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Cognitive Psychology/ Memory Exam Questions Workbook

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This is a collection of exam questions for the new AQA Psychology specification (2016) focused on the topic of cognitive psych/ memory. I also have made workbooks for attachment, social psych and psychopathology - if you liked this then don’t miss them - linked below!! 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 found this very useful on the way to getting an A*. 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
Close Language Analysis Template
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Close Language Analysis Template

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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. Slide one is a blank template and the second slide is an example of how the template can help analyse a quote. Hi! If you came from Twitter, thanks for all the retweets, this blew up! If you want to try out the technique yourself, download this resource for free :-) Download to get an editable copy of the BLANK template! Made for A Level but can be adapted for any level really. Even year 7s or GCSE will benefit from this technique. Please leave a review! Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels