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this may sound like a stupid question but whats the difference between AS/A2english lit and language well i know Literature is about reading novels and writing essays but what does English Language cover?

my teacher said im better at Literature than Lang but Eng Lang is similar to media studies but im aiming for an A/A* in media studies...
(Lit - B)
(Lang- B/C)
em sorry but could anyone clarify this for me lol...
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Language is about language change and how kids apply language at A2 and at AS its about how language is used as power, how it is used in technology, how it is used by different genders. Then loads is about ur wriritn skills! If ur better at Lit go for that cos language is hard
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is it like original writing and analysing films as well in terms of camera shots and suspence and the effects they create
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is it like original writing and analysing films as well in terms of camera shots and suspence and the effects they create
Yes to original writing but no to film analysis! Its like massive long borin texts analysis! How is language used to create power and stuff like that! If ur lookin to do media at uni lit is usually more useful as the majority of unis offer lit degrees but not many language! It is useful for media but i could cope without it!
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We certainly do not analyse films. I don't know where you got that idea from :confused:

Anyway, in English language you will analyse about 8 different types of text on the day of the exam and write about the use of lexis, grammar, phonology, graphology, pragmatics, discourse, semantics and these are the frameworks you will be using for your analysis.

There is a coursework module with the exam board I am using, and it is basically finding a particular type of text and writing in the same type of style, so for my first piece, I did an extract from a novel, using the same type of language as they would in a real novel. My second piece was a music review. If you're doing writing for a newspaper, I think you need to come up with specific newspapers to give an idea of which style of writing you are trying to recreate.
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Do whatever subject you prefer. Literature can be good if you like the novel you are studying, but it can also be hell if you really hate the book! English Language (imo) has a lighter workload than a lot of other subjects as you can pretty much memorise a lot of the skills needed for the exam and if you're naturally good at writing anyway, this subject won't be that hard.
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im not too good at writing,,,well im good at history and media studies (A's) which involves a lot of writing..it just comes naturally lol but im average at english - B's...but anyway in answer to your question i had to analyse a film for my GCSE english language CW..lol -'north by northwest' - mostly about suspense and the effects hitchcock creates lol
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Oh yeh we could have done summat like that but didnt! I do history and media and are really good at those but my english skills are still not that good! Ha! There is an element of essay writing but alot 2 modules are original writing! Just do what u think is best! There always combined?
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I had to write a film review about Shrek, during GCSE English Language. I'm not sure if that's similar to what you're talking about.

Ask yourself which one you enjoy more, literature or language. I think most people should be fine with English Language as long as you can analyse text well, which you probably do in History and Media anyway, there shouldn't really be a problem.
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There always combined?
Yup, you can also do the English Language and Literature course combined, and when applying to uni they will ask for literature mainly, but if not maybe the combined course.
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my school doesnt do a combined course of Lang/Lit i asked my teacher but she said that im better at Eng Lit and that she thinks ill enjoy it so im doing Literature lol
its really weird isnt it my essay skills in History and media are spot on but im not so good at english tho im getting B's lol

also i have a question but its not really related in a way but do all teachers that teach at a secondary school- SATS/GCSES, teach A level as well?
are some english teachers that teach yr7/8/9/10/11 only qualified to teach English Language or English Lit at A level?
or are all english teachers qualified to teach both Language and Literature at A level?
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When u specialise at uni in english you can do either lit, combined or lingustics, at my school alot have done lit so just teach A Levl lit but any1 who has done combined or lingustics teaches language! Simple really!
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so all teachers that teach english also teach it at A level then lol but its either Lit or Lang tho then?
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Yeh pretty much in my experience but if theyve done combined they can be flexible or done another degree whilst workin!
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ok thank you!
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