Wednesday 14th May exam: English Language AQA A level Watch

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Can anyone remember that guy's username for Language and Technology ? I want to go and check his account out
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Also, does anyone know if it will be the same examiner marking both of the questions?
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monological (jokes, wedding and commentary), graphological (book, comic bag, bin letter) and field specific lexis (halo transcript, commentary and detective) do they sound alright for my groups?
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Haha, I hated that text as well, I only briefly talked about it, saying it used prosody to convey emotions; that superman guy looked nervous as hell :P and in the represented speech it said *GULP*, which I believe is a prosodic feature??
Yes that's great! I believe it is a prosodic feature. Glad it went well for you
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Also, does anyone know if it will be the same examiner marking both of the questions?
Very likely it won't be. We got told each examiner for example gets a batch of one question from the exam to mark, so they could be marking hundreds of answers from the same question. It's easier for each examiner and more fair
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Hated that exam, I did humour (jokes and comic), spoken (commentary, conversation as a sub group of spontaneous speech and the marriage one as it was created to be spoken aloud but doesn't appear as spontaneous due to legal nature) and graphology (all the others). Also did technology. Pretty sure it didn't go well, can't wait three months to find out...
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How did everyone find it? I did three groupings: the commentary and novel blurb on their use of shared knowledge in order to make their audience feel appropriated to their texts; I did the novel blurb and the lorry card for their use of deictic expression in order to personalise their audience to their texts, thus making them more receptive of the ideas and effectively fulfilling their purposes; and I did the HALO text and the comic book due to their use of exclamatory phrases in order to convey a feeling of worriment and urgency to their audience.

And then I did, for Section B, Power. It (.) was (.) hil(.)arious! (see what I did there? #EnglishLanguageBants). It was so funny, I talked about how there was no clear powerful participant and that they both used juxtaposing modalities in order to assert their respective power over the other person, then I like talked about the use of face and FTAs, and oppressive/repressive discourse strategies and yeah, it was hopefully alright! hope everyone else found it nice!
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(Original post by Rarar)
That went...okay. Not brilliantly, but not fantastically. I thought last year's was easy and I failed that, so hopefully this ambivalence is a good thing!

The groupings though - what were AQA thinking?! That was so random! I did a group of texts that used direct address, then subgrouped it for texts that used direct address as a means for synthetic personalisation and ones that didn't. I also did a group on texts that relied on pragmatics, texts that contained a specific lexical field, then I quickly shoved another paragraph in about texts that used the passive form. The passive grouping I had to rush because I was running out of time. :/

Power was slightly better I think! I included loads about politeness and face. Did anyone else say that Maria was the powerful one? I said that she used repressive discourse strategies such as apologies, but this was likely due to the fact that her speech was pre-planned and therefore she wasn't sincere - but Joe's utterances were spontaneous, so his politeness features were sincere and therefore he lacked power.

On to English Lit!
I said that she used repressive DS, and I mentioned that it was probably cued for her. And that he used oppressive DS in his longest utterance when he was getting annoyed, and I said that they used juxtaposing modalities so - in terms of a powerful participant - it could be argued that they both as powerful, however, Joe would probably be the more powerful participant as he eventually gets his way. But I also made a reference to the way she holds the floor despite the constraints he put on her, and yeah. Good luck for Lit
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Will I lose marks for saying that the 'programmed' thing was suggesting it's genetic and that women are all naturally drawn to shopping? I was never told about the machines theory...
Probably not, I wouldn't worry! It's just your own take on things I guess
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I did it and loved it too! I wrote about the connotations of 'lady' the animal and weak imagery within 'catfight', Keith and Shuttleworth's theory about how men refer to women and machines the same, 'women are programmed', and how men prefer sport, 'you'll be back in time for the footie'. Loads on socialisation and the difference theory. Got the defecit model in their too. Afraid I might have rambled on in some areas but other than that I loved it!
Yes!! I mentioned the machines too! How women are presented as weaker than men too, "a little browse" and "a little gander", talked about the connotations of the adjective "little"! And yep connotations of lady!
Was very pleased with that text 😃
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Will I lose marks for saying that the 'programmed' thing was suggesting it's genetic and that women are all naturally drawn to shopping? I was never told about the machines theory...
Baudelaire - that's a perfectly valid point! I mentioned that too, that the text is suggesting that women almost go into a state of hypnosis when faced with a sale! What you've said is perfectly fine! As long as you've mentioned theorists and concepts somewhere else you'll pick up the Ao2 marks!
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Section A- I grouped by spoken language features, pragmatics and imperatives
How did I do with these? good groups? what did everyone else do?
I did the same groups!


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I did language and gender and mentioned about gender stereotypes, connotations, contrast between men and women. I did this course via home study so the only theorists that I learned were those relating to gender in spoken conversations. As the extract was not a transcript and featured no represented speech I struggled to find any theory to relate to the text so I didn't mention any theory or concepts, I have never heard of the machine theory......... How much will that affect my grade?
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I grouped the transcripts together because they were both spoken discourses, the bin letter, the comic and the novel back cover because of graphology, and I can't even remember what the others were! Apart from the wedding thing because I was running out of time and I couldn't think of anything to say so I left it. I don't think you have to use every text, do you? And I did the language and technology question because (duh) I'm a teenager and I have a lot to say about Twitter!
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Can anyone remember that guy's username for Language and Technology ? I want to go and check his account out
I looked it up and it is an actual account, but they've changed the surname (obviously for confidentiality but it was still really easy to find). The name on the exam paper was @mrdpPaul but this doesn't exist. The actual account is @mrdpCarr.

Also, as you're obviously on Twitter, can you follow me please? @ElleSmith13 and I will follow back
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Ohh but that was like a speech
Not two people talking

What is it called when one person is just speaking? Something like transctional.
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It's a monologue when it's one person speaking, diologue when it's two
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Is it bad I giggled to myself in the exam at the jokes? and the wheelie bin one haha
I giggled at the line in the xbox conversation "I'm greanding your warthog". Found it so funny that I couldn't stop smiling all the way through.
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No, I only resat the exam. You have the choice whether you want to resit just the coursework, just the exam or both. My teacher recommended resitting the exam because it's worth more marks.




You're supposed to mention theory, so the fact that you've put loads in is super! As long as the theory is appropriate and relevant to your point, I can't see any problem! If anything, your friend is the one in trouble because you have to mention theory in the power section...
Aww...that's great! Thank you!
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The groupings task was hard. My teacher said the examiners might be kind & lower the grade boundaries.

What is the machine theory?

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I talked about Child language acquisition (I'm resitting so I know this)
Would I get marks for that?
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