hpw hard is english laguage a level? any extra info i may need to know as wellWatch
I'm going to quote in Tank Girl now so she can move your thread to the right place if it's needed.
I've moved this to the English forum now so you should get a better response here.
Good luck making your choice :h Do you know what other subjects you're going to take yet?
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i think i am going to take
Language is hard - I found it easier to write about, but far boring than Lit. But some say the other way around.
Language is more technical; it is the nuts and bolts of Language. You study six to seven frameworks of language: phonology (sounds), lexis (definition), syntax (word order), grammar (whole combination of things), semantics (meaning), graphology (study of text; how language "looks" on a page) and pragmatics (context of discourse). You will also learn how children (either or both) learn how to speak and verbally interact with others (Children's Language Acquisition), or how they read, write and spell (Children's Written Acquisition).
You start to look at language at a sentence-based level, then a word-base level in most of the frame work. So for example you will look at how the sentence of "She was a total nut-job, I tell ya! I couldn't even believe the way she acted towards her!" is construed. Then you look at phrases like "even believe" then word base "nut job". You look at how one word changes the whole meaning of the sentence, and etc.
You will also get to study the different ways people communicate; through written communication, spoken communication and electronic communication.
It's hard in terms of memorising so many key terms and definitions in each section of the frameworks (you also have the same frameworks for children's language/written acquisition) but different words. It's a whole memory test. It's more sciencey and how it's played out more maths - in terms of you have to apply a key term to identify it's meaning. Like science or maths, you have to apply a formula or term to get the correct or most accurate answer.
You still have to write an essay and then write about how all the frameworks' terms connect together to create meaning to the text(s) as a whole.
So there is a lot to do and I really enjoyed it to be honest as I found it easier to write about. But the context wasn't the most exciting thing to learn about.
Last year I found it quite easy as it wasn't such a step up from GCSE unlike my other subjects, you learn about the language features used in different types of texts and there is quite a lot of terminology. The topics you do (if you do AQA) are language and gender, language and power, and language and technology. You just do 2 of these 3-I did power and gender. It's quite interesting in year 12 as you learn the theorists and features used in representation. You then do 2 pieces of creative writing coursework with a commentary on the features you have used. As long as you understand the terminology it isn't too difficult and you should be fine.😊
In year 13 you do a language investigation which you do on any topic you like and also a media piece based on this. These pieces are your coursework. I found this really interesting. Then you learn about child language aquisiton (how children devolop their language and the diffrerent stages of their speech) and language change over time. At the minute I'm finding these topics quite boring and so not enjoying it as much I did last year but I wouldn't say it's a very hard a level.😊
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Not trying to burst your bubble or anything but English Language is not as respected as English Literature.English literature is more interesting in my opinion and very good for Russel group universities.Within this subject you get to read 4 books mainly and go into depth with detailed analysis and context. I am doing great gatsby,keats poetry ,streetcar named desire and king lear they're all fascinating.