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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 other students also reach their goals. Everything here helped me achieve A*A*A... I hope they help you or your class in some way!
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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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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Language and Occupation Activities | Theorists, Transcript Analysis, Jargon, Practice Questions

Language and Occupation Activities | Theorists, Transcript Analysis, Jargon, Practice Questions

A Level English Language activities to help students become more confident with using theories and studies. Task 1: card sort activity with 11 theorists and their theories. Great revision activity, and, once complete, little glossary of AO2 for students to refer back to. Task 2: Jargon activities, main task being to read an article from the guardian (useful overview) and use it as data to write an essay/ or to write an opinion article on the use of jargon. Task 3: a transcript of a doctor/ patient conversation where students should apply the theories to what is being said. Great way to consolidate theories and to think about how occupational language is used and how it affects people outside the group. There is also an essay opportunity. 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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Accent and Dialect Activities | Theorists, Data Analysis, Practice Essay Writing

Accent and Dialect Activities | Theorists, Data Analysis, Practice Essay Writing

A Level English Language activities to help students become more confident with using theories and studies. Task 1: glossary of 8 studies/ theorists to match up with what they did. Great revision activity, and once complete, bedrock of studies for students to learn for the exam. Task 2: an extract from a school newsletter attempting to ‘ban’ regional dialect, where students are required to think about the message this sends across, what theories relate to this, and then to plan/ write an essay using the data. Task 3: I have selected what I found to be four versatile studies and asked three thought provoking questions about them that open up discussion, encouraging students to say something meaningful about the theory, rather than just repeating what is in every textbook. 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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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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Spoken Child Language Acquisition Transcript Analysis Activity | A Level English Lang AQA New Spec

Spoken Child Language Acquisition Transcript Analysis Activity | A Level English Lang AQA New Spec

Two transcripts of conversations between mother and 3 y/o daughter with an accompanying activity sheet. The 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. Looking for an example student answer to that essay awarded an A star? Included in the bundle below :-) Hope it helps and check out my shop for more! x
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Child Language Acquisition Transcript Activity and Example Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Child Language Acquisition Transcript Activity and Example Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Two transcripts of conversations between mother and 3 y/o daughter with an accompanying activity sheet and example student essay answer. The 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.
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Child Language Acquisition Example Student Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Child Language Acquisition Example Student Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Example A star essay for the new AQA English Language specification. “Evaluate the idea that children’s linguistic development is the result of an innate capacity to learn language.” 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 invaluable to link up different studies and have a structure for arranging your ideas already in mind before sitting the exam. The essay is useful for students of all abilities since it shows how to approach a question requiring data analysis and the use of theories, it can be easily reworked as a template to use in the exam. If you would like the transcript used to write this essay, as well as an activity sheet guiding students to write a high quality essay, see the bundle below! Good luck :) Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels This resource includes a sample question and accompanying essay with mark awarded.
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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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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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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 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). Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels .... including directed writing with commentary.
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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 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 Student Example Essay | A Level English Language

World English Student Example Essay | A Level English Language

Example student essay covering the topical debate in world English as to whether a 'global standard' is needed to control the world variations such as Chinglish and Singlish. Great resource to show what all the notes and lessons are leading up to - an essay in an exam!! Benefits high abilities and lower abilities as students can see what is expected of them and how they can pull all their knowledge together to produce a fantastic piece of work. Could be used as a marking activity or simply to show students how its done before they try themselves!
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Language Change and Diversity "Lesson" with Example Student Opinion Piece | A Level English Language

Language Change and Diversity "Lesson" with Example Student Opinion Piece | A Level English Language

There are multiple ways to use this resource… Teaching a lesson Use the powerpoint (which focuses on encouraging students to actually use the given texts in their articles) to look at each text in detail, make meaningful comments on it, then plan an opinion article answer. Show the example student article as a model for balancing linguistic facts and engaging style… the best way to succeed in your own article is to see a good one first. Then send students to write their own! Rework into an assessment Since text A and B are included, you could give students the texts and ask them to write the article alone initially. It also can be used for question 3 (language discourses), asking students to analyse how language is used to present ideas about language change, to examine similarities/ differences between text A and B, and to explore how effectively the views are presented . Then use the example piece after, as a reflection. This resource has loads of potential and includes plenty of scope to rework it to suit you! Hope it helps, leave a review if it did! (P.S. I am a student not a teacher, so whilst IMO this would be a really beneficial thing to do with students, you may want to add lesson objectives/ outcomes to the PowerPoint to make it more ‘complete’) :-) Plenty more Paper 2 material on my shop!
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Language and Occupation Revision | Example Student Essay |  A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Language and Occupation Revision | Example Student Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec

Example A* essay for the new AQA English Language specification (2016). WITH EXAMINER COMMENTARY. Evaluate the idea that the language used by social and occupational groups is primarily designed to exclude others. This resource includes a sample question for the A level paper 2 on language and sociolect/ occupation and the A grade accompanying essay. This essay benefits from examiner commentary down the side. 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. 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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Non Standard Varieties of English Example Student Opinion Article | A Level English Language

Non Standard Varieties of English Example Student Opinion Article | A Level English Language

Example student opinion article covering non standard English, language change and world English and its varieties. A great resource to show students the kind of high quality response that is required from them. It could be used as a marking task or simply as a springboard for the students' work once they've seen how its done! Check out my shop for loads more example student work for the new spec A Level.
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Accent and Dialect Revision Summary Sheet | A Level English Language Revision AQA New Spec

Accent and Dialect Revision Summary Sheet | A Level English Language Revision AQA New Spec

A brilliant revision resource for the accent and dialect topic in new spec English Language A Level - full of theorists, linguists, facts/ stats, examples, application and more! This is not your usual fact sheet - it has skipped out the somewhat useless endless details on the methodology of the studies and never ending sets of results. Instead, it has selectively condensed the studies and theories and said something meaningful about them which forms the basis of your debate and discussion in the exam. This summary sheet is packed with information that feeds directly into an essay answer and will stop students wasting time on details that are not mark worthy and ensure they discuss the best parts of language! Includes: definitions opinions on accent inc: Giles, Ryan, COMRES, Montgomery features inc: Petyt, Trudgill, is there a gender difference in the way we modify our accent?, code switching Identity is closely linked inc: grime music, accommodation theory, Osborne in the 2013 election, Watson, real world application is school and work, policing language
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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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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: gender, accent and dialect, sociolect, world English and ethnicity & change. 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. However, this resource provides students with multiple essays for each topic in the specification and that could 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. When preparing for A Level English Language the most crucial preparation is practice and this resource gives realistic, challenging and invaluable suggested questions. Be sure to check out my shop to find **A graded example student essays** for the new specification so students can see what a good one looks like! 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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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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English Language Opinion Article Revision | A Level English Language Revision AQA New Spec

English Language Opinion Article Revision | A Level English Language Revision AQA New Spec

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. 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
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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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