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Why did you pick English?

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    Hi everyone,

    If you're doing/have done English at A-Level or above, me and The Learn Ranger want to know why you picked it, and what you love about it.

    You don't have to write loads, but we thought up a few questions to get you going

    What does English involve?

    How does A-Level differ from GCSE?

    How are you assessed?

    What skills have you developed?

    What does doing English lead to, either in careers or further education?

    Do you have any advice for people thinking of picking English?

    Feel free to answer as many or as little questions as you like. We're thinking about writing a little guide to particular subjects - if we use any of your answers you will be credited

    What does English involve? For literature, a lot of reading and text analysis and perfecting essay technique. For language, a lot of theories and terminology and learning to craft your writing for an audience.

    How does A Level differ from GCSE? One word, massively! In literature the texts are so much harder and there's critical views and comparison to consider. In language you learn about sociolinguistics and theories and terminology you didn't know existed or were relevant.

    How are you assessed? Essays and mocks. Lots of them.

    What skills have you developed? Text analysis, essay writing, general grammar improvement, reading for meaning.

    What does doing English lead to, either in careers or further education? Journalism, lexicographer, speech and language therapist, English degree, English teaching, applied linguistics.

    Do you have any advice for people thinking of doing English? Only do it if you love it, if you don't love English and pick it you will get bored!

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