OCR English Language A Level 2018 Paper 1 and 2 5th 08th June 2018 [Exam Discussion]

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I couldn't find any English Language A2 discussions that were specifically for the OCR specification of 2018, so I thought I'd make one here. Please, if you're studying English Language A Level with OCR, share any useful websites, revision resources, and exam tips here!

Even if you're not on the OCR specification, but have revision resources that may be relevant to the course, please also share them here! Many of the resources posted here can also be used for other specifications.

Exam dates:
Paper 1 (Exploring language) - Wednesday 6th June, 9:00am.

Section A - Language under the microscope (lexis, semantics & grammar)
Section B - Writing about a topical language issue
Section C - Comparing and contrasting two texts

Paper is out of 80 marks, makes up 40% of whole A level grade. Uses assessment objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Paper 2 (Dimensions of linguistic variation) - Friday 8th June, 1:30pm.

Section A - Child Language Acquisition
Section B - Language in the Media
Section C - Language Change

Paper is out of 80 marks, makes up 40% of whole A level grade. Uses assessment objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4.
(The other 20% of A level grade comes from the component 3 independent language research)

The assessment objectives:
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AO1: applying appropriate terminology and methods of language analysis
AO2: demonstrate understanding of theories, concepts and issues relevant to language use
AO3: analysing how contextual factors associate with construction of meaning
AO4: making connections and comparisons between texts
AO5: demonstrate expertise and creativity in language use



Revision websites:
https://revisionworld.com/a2-level-l...uage-and-power
http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/lang/gender.htm

Past papers:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/past-papers/
http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administ...d-mark-schemes
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html

Other resources:
OCR AS and A Level English Language Oxford University Press revision book - can be found on Amazon
http://blog.geoffbarton.co.uk/site/Blog/Blog.html
http://www.geoffbarton.co.uk/
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Help! Only 5 weeks to the exam :/
I am studying OCR A Level English Language and was just wondering if anyone could provide me a list of all the theorists needed for the language change question? My class has had a bit of a rough year and we haven't really been taught them so I'm trying to learn them on my own but not sure how many I need to know?

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(Original post by Lydia_G)
Hi!

Help! Only 5 weeks to the exam :/
I am studying OCR A Level English Language and was just wondering if anyone could provide me a list of all the theorists needed for the language change question? My class has had a bit of a rough year and we haven't really been taught them so I'm trying to learn them on my own but not sure how many I need to know?

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From what we've learnt in class, there aren't too many actual named theorists for language change specifically, they're mostly actual theories or concepts that you can apply. I think the main ones are:

Saussure - semiotics (study of symbols in language). The signifier is the word itself, and the signified is the meanings/associations drawn from it.
Elizabeth Einstein - argued technology afforded new possibilities for personal and social change, and isn't constrained by it.
Marshall McLuhan - technological determinism. Says technology is the agent of social change, and this can be both enriching or constraining to language.

Those are the only actual named theorists that I know of for language change specifically, however you can use theorists from both the power and gender topics also, as well as media. There are some general concepts you can use as theories for your AO2 also:

Synchronic or diachronic change
Warfare, social, ideological and cultural changes in society
Semantic drift (amelioration, pejoration, weakening, narrowing, broadening of words)
Prescriptivism and descriptivism
Standardisation
Phonological and technological changes to words

I tend to find using power theorists also helps in language change, such as power in/behind discourse, overt/covert prestige, oppressive/repressive discourse strategies, epistemic/deontic modality, etc.
Hope this helps for you!
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