English Language

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” – Benjamin Lee Whorf

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in English Language (XEN01 & YEN01)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: This course is examined in June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

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 IALAssessment overview

Paper 1: Language – Context & Identity
(June Year 12)

25

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
(June Year 12)

25

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
(June Year 13)

25

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
(June Year 13)

25

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.

WIDER READING

  • 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

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