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English Language A-level

Discussion in 'English' started by lauraspence, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. I'm looking into starting English Language A-level at my school and have looked at the specs from AQA, Edexcel and OCR. I'm now trying to decide which to go with- any thoughts or advice?
  2. Have heard the same about OCR as the poster above - poor support. I do OCR media and find that they have very few online resources such as examples of what they consider to be top grade essays. I do Edexcel lit & lang and Lit and both are superb. No idea what their straight lang is like though. No idea about AQA or the others.
  3. millicent_bystander

    millicent_bystander New commenter

    We introduced A-level English language about 4 years ago now and have firmly stuck with AQA B. The coursework in year 12 allows students to explore their particular strenghts and we find the gender/power/technology topics really engaging.
    A2 Child Language Acquisition is quite daunting in its level of theory, but the students engage well with it. We've been lucky enough this year to set up work experience placements with a local nursery during the summer term where AS into A2 students can visit the 0-3 and 3-5 provision and liaise with staff about how language development is supported. They will be conducting a case study which will support their work in year 13 and hopefully give them a clearer insight into the subject.
    I'd heartily recommend the course, our uptake has increased year on year and the results are always good. We use the AQA approved Nelson Thornes text books as teacher resources as well. Resources do tend to be limited, but hopefully the bank will increase as more schools take up the subject and share resources on here.
    Happy for you to message me.
  4. Hello,

    I am a new teacher and where I work we are doing A level English language for the first time. I have taught this privately but not on such a scale. I am new to the admin and organisation part of this. Really concerned as I am the only one doing it too! Could you kindly help? My email is kanakamanjana@gmail.com
  5. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    I've always taught the AQA A, and absolutely love teaching it, although I gave it up to teach more Lit! I think if you're thinking about swapping, I would still go with AQA A and yeah, it does seem real fiddly and a bit too technical but I think that's a brilliant thing if linguistics is your specialism.

    Can't say anything more than what monty has mentioned. I really do like AQA A coursework. However my coursework advisor is a bit of a ***** as he only likes certain topics so I have to kinda force my students to only pick things that he likes to read/moderate which is highly unfair. But I'm not asked about that as our Lang students do so well in year in year out... Although a few complications did arise in our results this year -rolls eyes-.

    I haven't thoroughly looked at the new specs but we have are leaning towards AQA or WJEC this time. But because we have English Lang/Linguistics teacher, we can stick with AQA as it's her domain.

    I would personally choose WJEC if you aren't familiar with the technical aspects of Language; theories, CLA and etc. AQA A is more technical and focuses heavily on terminology and theories.

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