Spoken Language Essay Mark Scheme

 
  1. Hi guys,

    So as part of my GCSE Coursework i've got an essay coming up in a few weeks on the evolution of the English language, analyzing text speak etc.

    Now, throughout all of last year I was getting straight B's and literally just 1 or two marks off an A, and after getting yet another two B's in my Lord of the Flies mock and actual essay, i'm so gutted I can't quite reach an A.

    So, does anyone have any tips, advice, past essay examples, marking schemes, anything they can give me that could possibly help? Ideally that will help me reach an A or even A* (it's worth a shot I guess!)

    Cheers
    Adam

  2. well remember if you get a grade b overall in your coursework which is now worth 40% cos speaking and listening have been scrapped and a grade A in exam (60%) then your likely to get A overall

  3. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-4705/subject-content/unit-3-part-c
    don't know what exam board you are but this is aqas, the info on the age is for teachers but there are two links to the 2013 spec and the 2014 spec depending on what year you're in. It's all about why people speak a certain way and stuff I think, I can't remember to be honest but I looked at the spec and ended up with like 90% on this piece, good luck x
    (Original post by AdamCee)
    Hi guys,

    So as part of my GCSE Coursework i've got an essay coming up in a few weeks on the evolution of the English language, analyzing text speak etc.

    Now, throughout all of last year I was getting straight B's and literally just 1 or two marks off an A, and after getting yet another two B's in my Lord of the Flies mock and actual essay, i'm so gutted I can't quite reach an A.

    So, does anyone have any tips, advice, past essay examples, marking schemes, anything they can give me that could possibly help? Ideally that will help me reach an A or even A* (it's worth a shot I guess!)

    Cheers
    Adam

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Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively

Refer to the Specification for the titles available for completion for Unit 4 tasks.

Task 1: The study of Spoken Language [10%]

This task allows you to investigate the characteristics of, and influences on, your own and others’ use of spoken language. You will study different types of talk and show your understanding of variations. You will explain why language changes in different situations.

You should be able to:

  • understand the characteristics of spoken language;
  • understand influences on spoken language choice;
  • explore the impact of spoken language choices in their own and others’ use; and
  • understand how language varies in different contexts.

NB. The sample scheme of work has been updated to include activities based around the use of the British Library’s Learning online resources. The Sounds Familiar? section contains resources relevant to The Study of Spoken Language.

Task 2: The study of Written Language [15%]

This tasks allows you to demonstrate knowledge of characters, themes or genre in an extended literary text. This can be an extended prose, drama, poetry or non-fiction text, or an anthology of texts from any of these genres. You can write about a text that you are studying for GCSE English Literature; however, you must submit a different piece of work that specifically meets the requirements of this task.

You should be able to:

  • read and understand texts;
  • understand how meaning is constructed;
  • recognise the effect of language choices and patterns;
  • select material appropriate to purpose;
  • evaluate how texts may be interpreted differently depending on the perspective of the reader; and
  • explain how writers use linguistic and presentational features to sustain the reader’s interest.

Task 3: Writing Creatively [15%]

This task allows you to demonstrate the ability to write for purpose using an appropriate format, such as a newspaper article, letter, leaflet, account, diary entry, report, brochure, editorial, polemic, review, commentary, story, script or poem.

You should be able to:

  • write to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively;
  • select a form appropriate to purpose;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of the form selected;
  • organise information and ideas;
  • select vocabulary appropriate to task;
  • use a range of sentence structures for effect; and
  • use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.

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