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All of my resources are tried and tested by an A* student (me!). I am sharing my revision resources, templates and tactics to help other students also reach their goals. Chat with me on twitter @astarlevels or just drop me an email :-) Happy revising x

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All of my resources are tried and tested by an A* student (me!). I am sharing my revision resources, templates and tactics to help other students also reach their goals. Chat with me on twitter @astarlevels or just drop me an email :-) Happy revising x
Big English Bundle | A Level English Language Revision
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Big English Bundle | A Level English Language Revision

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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? (£19.99) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-exemplar-responses-aqa-a-level-new-spec-11874400
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
World English Revision Notes
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World English Revision Notes

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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.
Language Change and the History of English Revision
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Language Change and the History of English Revision

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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. What does it include? 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’ This was the revision booklet I used to secure an A* in my exam (summer 2017) and I am now sharing it in the hope it will help other students. I really can recommend it! Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
A Level English Language NEA A* Example Original Writing with Commentary
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A Level English Language NEA A* Example Original Writing with Commentary

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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
Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision
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Child Language Acquisition - Written & Multi Modal Revision

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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 (A level english language AQA). 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. I used these notes only and got an A*… you absolutely can too! 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
Language and Social Group Example Student Essay | A Level English Language
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Language and Social Group Example Student Essay | A Level English Language

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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 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. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Language and Diversity Lesson Activities: theories, linguists, articles, essay writing
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Language and Diversity Lesson Activities: theories, linguists, articles, essay writing

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A Level English Language activities to help students become more confident with using theories and studies (with data) across the topics of accent/ dialect, language and gender and language and occupation. Each activity pack contains three activities, which can be generally summarised as. Some kind of card sort/ match up activity which can be referred back to as a bedrock of theories Transcript or data based, students apply the theories they just sorted to real life data or conversations Pulling everything together to plan or write an essay I’ve written transcripts and thought of questions so you don’t have to! Great to have up your sleeve to use in your lessons this year! Don’t miss out! Have a look at each resource to see it in more detail!
Language Change & the History of English Revision A* Example Student Essay
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Language Change & the History of English Revision A* Example Student Essay

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Evaluate the idea that language change is a process of evolution or decay - example student essay for AQA A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE. This resource includes a sample question for the A level paper 2 on language change and the accompanying essay. The essay was awarded the highest mark and therefore provides a great example to show students how to approach the diversity essay. It illustrates how different ideas and arguments can be arranged and also flags up some studies that may be of interest to research further. 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 of course invaluable to ambitious students to see what would be expected to secure the A*. It is crucial to establish how to link up different studies and have a structure in mind on how you will arrange your ideas before entering the exam. One way to do this is to look at lots of good essays and then tackle writing your own! Good luck :) Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
Language and Diversity Summary Sheets
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Language and Diversity 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! 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 Diversity Summary Sheets | AQA A Level English Language
English Language Student Exemplar Responses
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English Language Student Exemplar Responses

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18 example student essays graded A/ A star Show your students another student’s approach to the essays and opinion articles… worth £70… save £50 :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… no wonder it’s a best seller! 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
A Level English Language Practice Questions/ Example Essay Questions
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A Level English Language Practice Questions/ Example Essay Questions

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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
Accent and Dialect A* Revision Essay AQA English Language A Level
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Accent and Dialect A* Revision Essay AQA English Language A Level

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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. Why it works as a critical resource for A level english: student written so gives expectation for 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 @astarlevels Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/astarlevels
World English Revision and Example Essay
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World English Revision and Example Essay

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Detailed summary sheet with plenty of theory, studies and discussion points for A Level English Language A grade example essay, a brilliant way to see how to approach long exam questions, how to link up ideas and the best way to maintain your line of argument. A grade opinion piece on non standard varieties of English around the world - see how to get that engaging style and flair! Tried and tested by an A* student. PLUS - a revision checklist and bank of essay questions (these apply to this topic AND the other named topics in the spec.)
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
Language Discourses Example Student Essay (Paper 2 Q3)
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Language Discourses Example Student Essay (Paper 2 Q3)

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‘A’ grade essay with examiner commentary and mark included for p2 q3 AQA A Level English Language. Paper two question 3 on the new AQA A level paper is undoubtedly the hardest since it tests 3 of the AOs and requires students to analyse, compare and evaluate success. Therefore this sample A grade essay that was awarded 34/40 is an invaluable resource to show students one approach that can help them climb the grade boundaries. Better still, it has the commentary from an AQA examiner down the side so students can see exactly what does and does not work. These improvements can be a springboard for their work. The suggested use for this resource is to show students one structure they can use on this challenging question so that they can recreate it in their own work. Tried and tested by me… students need to see this! 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. You may be interested in my mock exam, it has text and and text b used to produce this model answer: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/paper-2-mock-a-level-english-language-aqa-new-spec-language-diversity-and-change-11882263 I have another example marked student essay to this question on my shop, check it out! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/language-discourses-marked-example-student-essay-aqa-english-language-a-level-new-spec-revision-11717785
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 essay answer based off the data included… (easily turned into mock) 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. 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. Child Language Acquisition Revision | Transcript & Example Essay | A Level English Language AQA New Spec
Paper 2 Mock Exam A Level English Language
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Paper 2 Mock Exam A Level English Language

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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”
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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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. Why it works as a critical resource for A level english: student written so gives expectation for 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 Follow my twitter to stay updated with more essential free resources and news - @astarlevels 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
Paper 2 Mock Exam A Level English Language | Diversity and Change
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Paper 2 Mock Exam A Level English Language | Diversity and Change

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Due to the popularity of my other two mock papers, here is another completely FREE paper 2 mock for AQA A Level English Language… this time covering the topics of gender, new words, change and slang! Includes Text A and Text B. 400 downloads and only 1 review? Please *leave a review *** once you have downloaded if you like this free resource and want more! Prepare your students with another paper 2 mock: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/paper-2-mock-a-level-english-language-aqa-new-spec-language-diversity-and-change-11882263 Do your students need help writing the opinion article with the right balance of linguistic knowldege, flair and reference to the texts? You need to see this: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/language-change-and-diversity-lesson-with-example-student-opinion-piece-a-level-english-language-11815440