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After achieving an A* in 2017, I am sharing my quality revision notes, essays, templates and tactics to help ambitious students reach their goals. These resources have proven a hit across the globe with students and teachers alike - download yourself to see why! Chat with me on twitter @astarlevels or just drop me an email... happy revising!

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After achieving an A* in 2017, I am sharing my quality revision notes, essays, templates and tactics to help ambitious students reach their goals. These resources have proven a hit across the globe with students and teachers alike - download yourself to see why! Chat with me on twitter @astarlevels or just drop me an email... happy revising!
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 student written model answer for A Level English Language. Includes both sources/ texts so can be set as a mock too. This essay demonstrates how to apply linguistic methods & terminology to texts in order to explore how language is used to create meaning. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. Why it works: Shows how to select and analyse a range of language features, as well as how to demonstrate awareness of context and how meaning was created Includes text A & B so can be set as a practice paper Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays
A Level English Language Revision
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A Level English Language Revision

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Looking for a complete revision bundle for Paper 1 and 2? Look no further! I give you the notes so you can learn the theory and the example student written essay so you can see how to tackle the exam question. All produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017. No need for super expensive (and over-the-top extensive) revision guides. These notes and essays fully cover the AQA English Language A Level to get you feeling totally prepared for your exam. **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: ** bank of practice questions DM me on Twitter @astarlevels if you have any questions ;)
A Level English Language Model Essays
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A Level English Language Model Essays

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17 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. Anyone can memorize theories, facts and grammar. But do you know how to link these up and create a line of argument? See another student’s approach to the exam questions with this bunch of essay answers, 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 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 You may be interested in… BOTH PAPERS: Notes for revision & all Essays PAPER 2: Notes & essays
Original Writing and Commentary Example NEA
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Original Writing and Commentary Example NEA

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This original writing and commentary 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. Includes full original writing & corresponding commentary. The original writing was based on Power of Persuasion. Why it works: * Shows how to use current A Level study to produce & analyse their own writing * Demonstrates how to organise & structure the commentary by drawing on own work & the style model * Can be reworked as a template for *your* future (brilliant!) NEA I also have an example of the language investigation: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-english-language-nea-a-example-language-investigation-11721765 Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources: 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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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language. I have a model essay for every topic (17 in total). This essay demonstrates how to convey understanding of linguistic ideas by evaluating and challenging the views presented in the question and by other linguists. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. There is also a marking activity at the end & opportunity for students to plan their own answer to the question. Why it works: Shows how to select, arrange & argue the most important ideas in essays Includes marker annotations, mark for each AO2 and overall comments - extremely useful! Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources Written, tried and tested by me, an A* student from 2017. Downloaded, used and loved by teachers & students across the country!
Language and Occupation Example Student Essay
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Language and Occupation Example Student Essay

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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language. This essay demonstrates how to convey understanding of linguistic ideas by evaluating and challenging the views presented in the question and by other linguists. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. There is also a marking activity at the end & opportunity for students to plan their own answer to the question. Why it works: Shows how to select, arrange & argue the most important ideas in essays Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Includes examiner commentary & overall mark with feedback Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Child Language Acquisition Transcript & Example Essay
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Child Language Acquisition Transcript & Example Essay

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Includes two transcripts with accompanying activity sheet & top band model essay response based on the data included. Why it works: Activity sheet guides students through the initially daunting task of analysing large chunks of data Example essay shows students how to approach the question and balance data analysis with child language acquisition theories Easily turned into a mock question since data is included Essay can be used as a marking activity Notes on spoken & written CLA, transcript activity and example essay bundle Rated 5*!
Spoken Child Language Acquisition Transcript Analysis Activity
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Spoken Child Language Acquisition Transcript Analysis Activity

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Two transcripts of conversations between mother and 3 y/o daughter with an accompanying activity sheet. 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. Model essay based on the data used in this activity sold separately 17/09/18: thanks to the teacher who suggested I add an answer sheet… now included for free! Hope it helps and check out my shop for more! Follow me @astarlevels on twitter :-)
Child Language Acquisition Example Student Essay
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Child Language Acquisition Example Student Essay

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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language. Evaluate the idea that children’s linguistic development is the result of an innate capacity to learn language. This essay demonstrates how to convey understanding of linguistic ideas by evaluating and challenging the views presented in the question and by other linguists. The model answer shows how to approach an essay question requiring data analysis and application of theory. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. Why it works: Shows how to select, arrange & argue the most important ideas in essays Demonstrates how to balance data analysis with theory application Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays ALL my child language acquisition resources This essay plus the transcript it is based on and an activity sheet guiding students through writing their own paragraph Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources REVIEW on the bundle: A great set of resources in an area of study that is limited for materials. I particularly like the model CLD lesson and essay about Jess. If you have any more materials like this such as good CLD model essays and questions I’d certainly be interested. Thanks for your hard work and excellent value! - EnglishThings
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 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. Includes full 5 page write up & data used. Title: An investigation into the language used by politicians in resignation speeches Why it works: * Shows how to use current A Level study as a toolkit to study language * Demonstrates how to organise & structure the write-up * Example of the level of analysis & interpretation needed for highest grades * Can be reworked as a template for *your* future (brilliant!) NEA I also have an example of the directed writing & commentary: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/original-writing-and-commentary-example-nea-11721778 Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Answer and Mock
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A Level English Language Paper 1 Model Answer and Mock

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3 student written model answer for A Level English Language Paper 1 section A. The answer includes examiner commentary. Includes both sources/ texts that the answers are based on so it can be set as a mock too. This essay demonstrates how to apply linguistic methods & terminology to texts in order to explore how language is used to create meaning. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. Why it works: Shows how to select and analyse a range of language features, as well as how to demonstrate awareness of context and how meaning was created Includes text A & B so can be set as a practice paper Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays
Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision
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Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision

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Complete revision notes including a range of exciting studies, concepts and theories. I achieved an A* in 2017 using these notes alongside practice questions Why they work: Easy to learn, concise, bullet point revision notes Show different lines of arguments that can be used to ‘evaluate’ an idea which is crucial to enter the top bands Omitted endless details on methodology and results Replaced these with meaningful comments on each study to form the basis of your argument in the exam (crucial to enter top bands!) 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 Practice essay questions Notes on Spoken CLA Model essay for CLA Check out my shop for more
Forensic Psychology Revision Booklet
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Forensic Psychology Revision Booklet

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I’ve created a comprehensive set of notes for every topic in A Level Psychology. They completely cover the specification, condensing all the key theories, studies, applications and evaluations into one booklet. I used these notes only alongside practice questions & achieved an A* in 2017. Why they work: > Organised according to, and covering entirely, the AQA specification. > All AO1 and AO3 ready to answer exam questions > Presented in a concise and memorable way - easy to learn! Includes: • Problems in defining crime. Ways of measuring crime, including official statistics, victim surveys and offender surveys. • Offender profiling: the top-down approach, including organised and disorganised types of offender; the bottom-up approach, including investigative Psychology; geographical profiling. • Biological explanations of offending behaviour: an historical approach (atavistic form); genetics and neural explanations. • Psychological explanations of offending behaviour: Eysenck’s theory of the criminal personality; cognitive explanations; level of moral reasoning and cognitive distortions, including hostile attribution bias and minimalisation; differential association theory; psychodynamic explanations. • Dealing with offending behaviour: the aims of custodial sentencing and the psychological effects of custodial sentencing. Recidivism. Behaviour modification in custody. Anger management and restorative justice programmes. Check out my shop for more AQA A Level Psychology resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Child Language Acquisition Total Revision
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Child Language Acquisition Total Revision

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Complete revision for Child Language Acquisition. Revision notes to consolidate knowledge, transcript analysis activity for exam practice & a model essay to see a top band essay response. Why they work: Easy to learn, concise, bullet point revision notes Model essay shows how to structure a top band response Worksheet guides students through analysing a transcript and combining with linguistic theory Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Feel confident for your exam Chat with me on Twitter @astarlevels
Social Group Example Essay A Level English Language
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Social Group Example Essay A Level English Language

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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language. Language and social group/ sociolect. This essay demonstrates how to convey understanding of linguistic ideas by evaluating and challenging the views presented in the question and by other linguists. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. There is also a marking activity at the end & opportunity for students to plan their own answer to the question. Why it works: Shows how to select, arrange & argue the most important ideas in essays Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Language Discourses Marked Example Student Essay
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Language Discourses Marked Example Student Essay

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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language Paper 2 Question 3 on Language Discourses. Includes full essay & marker annotations with overall feedback. This essay demonstrates how to analyse the way two texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions in similar and different ways. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. Why it works: Shows how to structure an answer to this question that addresses all 3 AOs Examiner commentary highlights successful elements Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 This particular response was awarded 34/40 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays To find the texts used to write this essay download my free mock exam
Language Change  Revision
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Language Change Revision

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I’ve created a comprehensive set of notes for every topic in A Level English Language. There are 9 pages here full of theorists, linguists, facts, stats, examples, real world application and more. I used these notes only alongside practice questions & achieved an A* in 2017. Why they work: Easy to learn, concise, bullet point revision notes Omitted endless details on methodology and results Replaced these with meaningful comments on each study to form the basis of your argument in the exam (crucial to enter top bands!) Summary sheet includes: theories and models of change i.e. S curve, semantic reclamation, descriptivism/ prescriptivism, damp spoon/ crumbling castle/ infectious disease, substratum theory, wave model, functional theory metaphors for change and language discourses a table of linguists and their studies, findings, opinions (really useful to refer to) detailed breakdown of debate over whether language change is a process of evolution or decay texting and change how new words cause change politcal corrrectness and change technology and language change outline of answer to essay question ‘discuss how new words enter the language’ Notes for all six topics in A Level English Language Model essays for all topics in A Level English Language Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
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 helped me achieve an A* in 2017. Techniques and advice, student to student, to make revision effective, efficient and relevant to the exam. I truly believe that anyone can do well with the right approach. So here we go! 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 five 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!!! :-)
Language and Gender Essay AQA English language A level
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Language and Gender Essay AQA English language A level

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Top band, student written model answer for A Level English Language. This essay demonstrates how to convey understanding of linguistic ideas by evaluating and challenging the views presented in the question and by other linguists. Students of all abilities will benefit from an example of effective essay writing which they can emulate in their own work. There is also a marking activity at the end & opportunity for students to plan their own answer to the question. Why it works: Shows how to select, arrange & argue the most important ideas in essays Produced by a student who achieved an A* in 2017 Can be reworked as a template for your future (brilliant!) essays Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels Check out my shop for more essays and revision resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
A Level English Language Revision Template | AQA New Spec
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A Level English Language Revision Template | AQA New Spec

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This blew up on twitter! Download the simple but incredibly useful template today. Tried and tested by an A* student. Over 100 resources now uploaded to help you revise A Level English Language, check it out: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels This resource: “blank canvas” revision - a wacky font on a blank canvas for every topic. Encourage students to try out different ways of filling each poster. Experimenting with a variety of techniques will keep them interested and starting to think about the topics in different ways. Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels