«El lenguaje da forma a la manera en que pensamos y determina qué podemos pensar.» – Benjamin Lee Whorf
Exam board: IAL Edexcel
Specification: XEN01 & YEN01
HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?
Examination: This course is examined in June of both Year 12 and Year 13
Unit 1: Language – Context and identity
Students will study:
- How language choices affect the range of contexts in which language is produced and received
- how writers/speakers choose language to reflect and construct their identity or identities
Unit 2: Language in transition
Students will study:
- the influence of other languages on the development of English
- pidgins and creoles
- the development of English outside the British Isles.
- explore the ways in which languages change, with a focus on English in a global context
ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING
Paper 1 – Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes (25% of qualification – 50 marks)
Paper 2 – Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes (25% of qualification – 50 marks)
Paper 3 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)
Paper 4 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)
|Exam Papers||% of IAL||Assessment overview|
Paper 1: Language – Context & Identity
Section A: Context & Identity (35 marks).
Students answer a comparative question based on two unseen texts from the 20th and 21st century sources.
Section B: The Creation of Voice (15 marks).
Students create a new text for a specified audience drawing on their own ideas and those from the text.
Paper 2: Language in Transition
Section A: Spoken language today (25 marks).
Students answer one question on an unseen transcript of spoken English of the 21st century.
Section B: Written language of the 19th and 20th century (25 marks).
Students answer one discussion question using the unseen texts from the source booklet highlighting language issues.
Paper 3: Crafting Language
Section A: Creating text (20 marks).
Students create their own text based unseen sources linked to a single topic and given a genre. They will choose their own audience, purpose and context.
Section B: Commentary (30 marks).
Students produce a commentary reflecting on their writing process done in Section A.
Paper 4: Investigating Language
Section A: Unseen data analysis (20 marks).
Students answer one question on their chosen subtopic of investigation using unseen data given in the source booklet.
Section B: Extended réponse (30 marks).
Students use their data and knowledge from their investigation to answer an evaluative question.
- Clayton, D., & Drummand, R. (2019). Language Diversity and World Englishes. Routledge
- Cushing, I. (2012). Language Change. Edinburgh University Press
- Thorne, S. (2014). Mastering Advanced English Language (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan