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    (Original post by danfl2004)
    I find it stupid that examiners rather us focus on "language production" which imo should be left in GCSE era. I would much rather focus on Shakespeare which i put most work into.

    i agree-writing a letter is something you do at school, although i still didn't know which said which address goes on so i left that bit out!
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    (Original post by Helen_J)
    i agree-writing a letter is something you do at school, although i still didn't know which said which address goes on so i left that bit out!

    But knowing how to write an address at the top of a page doesn't (and shouldn't) equate to being good at English at A-Level. I think my GCSE exam question showed more flair than this :grr:

    What were the key things you took from each text? I used some figures from A and the main points about the actual programme, and from B the stuff about leading by example and doing active things as a family
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    I know we're still fuming over unit 5, but how is unit 6 revision going?
    I never know what to look for, as my teacher has told us to make "subtle comparisons" .. the fact that one's a novel extract, one's off the channel 4 website and one's a radio interview doesn't count as 'subtle' I'm guessing..

    Can anybody help me with this?
    I feel really undeveloped in English lang, and if I had known the combined course was majoritarily Language-based, I wouldn't have agreed into doing it
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    (Original post by L'amourantDeLaPenguin)
    I know we're still fuming over unit 5, but how is unit 6 revision going?
    I never know what to look for, as my teacher has told us to make "subtle comparisons" .. the fact that one's a novel extract, one's off the channel 4 website and one's a radio interview doesn't count as 'subtle' I'm guessing..

    Can anybody help me with this?
    I feel really undeveloped in English lang, and if I had known the combined course was majoritarily Language-based, I wouldn't have agreed into doing it

    How do you know that? I thought we only knew when we turned the exam paper over...so for revising....I haven't. I'll look over how to lay out my commentary, but we haven't really done much on it at all.

    In fact, we haven't really focused much on the language side of things, and like you, I wish I would've just done Lit. That's why I was annoyed with the letter, because I have not been taught any devices I could use in this medium other than just knowing what to say to persuade someone
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    (Original post by L'amourantDeLaPenguin)
    I know we're still fuming over unit 5, but how is unit 6 revision going?
    I never know what to look for, as my teacher has told us to make "subtle comparisons" .. the fact that one's a novel extract, one's off the channel 4 website and one's a radio interview doesn't count as 'subtle' I'm guessing..

    Can anybody help me with this?
    I feel really undeveloped in English lang, and if I had known the combined course was majoritarily Language-based, I wouldn't have agreed into doing it

    eekk how do you know this. By the way i dont really revise for synoptic it is more to do with style and skill then really anything you learn.

    On the letter front i did'nt do anything like the address just the "Dear" etc because it said the text of the letter.
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    (Original post by CrazyBeautiful)
    But knowing how to write an address at the top of a page doesn't (and shouldn't) equate to being good at English at A-Level. I think my GCSE exam question showed more flair than this :grr:

    What were the key things you took from each text? I used some figures from A and the main points about the actual programme, and from B the stuff about leading by example and doing active things as a family

    yeah i basically did the same: What the programme is, what it can do, benefits of PE, role models etc
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    I was doing Doctor Faustus for my Unit 5 paper! I was just starting to really get into the meat of my essay and realised I'd already gone over time wise, basically ended up rushing through the end of that question, spending way too much time on my letter composition and then about 25 mins on my commentry (which was utterly awful).

    Slightly cacking myself about getting my results for this paper now!!

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    Omg people stop panicking, t'was only an example of what they could give us - think that's telling you to get some revision done if you didn't clock on though :P

    Writing a comparison for the advised 1 hour 45 mins is quite a lot though, even taking into account the substantial amount of waffle my marker will be subjected to
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    <quote> Can anybody help me with this?
    I feel really undeveloped in English lang, and if I had known the combined course was majoritarily Language-based, I wouldn't have agreed into doing it

    the combined course is not a language majority, the whole of NTA4 was literature, half of NTA5 (although language was worth more marks) and NTA6 mainly language, that makes half each, although it's unfair that section B on NTA5 is more marks than Shakespeare, it equals out at 50/50 - and the language on this paper is much easier than on A level English Language on its own - come on NTA6 - my final exam!
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    (Original post by CrazyBeautiful)
    But knowing how to write an address at the top of a page doesn't (and shouldn't) equate to being good at English at A-Level. I think my GCSE exam question showed more flair than this :grr:

    What were the key things you took from each text? I used some figures from A and the main points about the actual programme, and from B the stuff about leading by example and doing active things as a family
    I used text A to get the 'explain what the programme is about' and text B to get the 'persuade parents to encourage', i compared my letter to text B becasue it had more rhetorical devices in that i had also used in my letter and found they had similar structures, although i thought letter was limited and vague, should have been something more challenging! oh well....
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    (Original post by L'amourantDeLaPenguin)
    Omg people stop panicking, t'was only an example of what they could give us - think that's telling you to get some revision done if you didn't clock on though :P

    Writing a comparison for the advised 1 hour 45 mins is quite a lot though, even taking into account the substantial amount of waffle my marker will be subjected to

    You shouldn't scare us like that! :lolz: Though what revision is possible? We did a practice in class, but not of the commentary, and don't have frameworks or specific language features to use (as in features other than the general metaphor/simile/alliteration etc)

    I'm just happy for once I have an exam with a reasonable time-frame (unlike NTA5, for example :rolleyes: )
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    All I've been doing since NTA5 is doing the past questions over and over again [eurgh, cliché moment right there..]

    The important things you need to consider with regards to framework is just stuff like lexis, grammar, semantics, phonology, discourse structure, context, form and genre [to name a few ]
    Possibly structure your comparison in that way so that you ensure you've thoroughly compared all three texts in every linguistic aspect you can
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    Thankies And good luck!
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    No problemo at all - just counting down the days until Thursday and then it's ALL OVER!

    End of 12 years old English *tear*..well maybe I should wait until the exam is actually over until I get all nostalgic eh..*reverts back to I-hate-English mode*
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    Sorry to bump up this old thread, but was just wondering how you all did? I got a B overall because of poo AS grades, but this year got:

    NTA4: A
    NTA5: C (only just too. clearly we should have spent more time on part B, not 10 bloody minutes thr wek before the exam :rolleyes: )
    NTA6: A

    Glad I wasn't defeated by depressing poets and fish :p:
 
 
 

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