Urgent: AQA A-level english language diversity & change 30 markers help!!

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Does anyone have a good structure for the language diversity/change questions on paper 2 questions, section A. We have a choice of 2 ques to choose from, one on lang diversity eg gender/social class/age/ethnicity and one on language change eg world English/technology. I am really struggling with the structure and how many/what theorists to include. The exam is in less than 2 weeks and I'm panicking! Any advice would be appreciated, thanks
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The question is going to be 'Evaluate...' so start with a brief intro acknowleding both sides of the argument. Choose 4 or 5 theories which are the most relevant. Start with those that agree/support the statement/question. Then write about those which undermine it. Within this, use theories which support/limit each of the main theories you've chosen if possible. E.g if you're writing about the Sapir whorf hypothesis or political correctness, mention Stephen pinker as a limitation in the same paragraph. Then once you've demonstrated both sides of the argument with theory, write a brief conclusion summarising both sides you've explained. E.g 'evaluate the idea our language use is determined by the social groups we belong to' you could conclude by saying there is a definite influence from social groups, but that's not to say they're the only factor, as biological groups like gender and age also influence it. Just be sure to EVALUATE as this is what the question is asking!
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The question is going to be 'Evaluate...' so start with a brief intro acknowleding both sides of the argument. Choose 4 or 5 theories which are the most relevant. Start with those that agree/support the statement/question. Then write about those which undermine it. Within this, use theories which support/limit each of the main theories you've chosen if possible. E.g if you're writing about the Sapir whorf hypothesis or political correctness, mention Stephen pinker as a limitation in the same paragraph. Then once you've demonstrated both sides of the argument with theory, write a brief conclusion summarising both sides you've explained. E.g 'evaluate the idea our language use is determined by the social groups we belong to' you could conclude by saying there is a definite influence from social groups, but that's not to say they're the only factor, as biological groups like gender and age also influence it. Just be sure to EVALUATE as this is what the question is asking!
Thank you so much! just praying the questions are broad like last year's!! also do you think they'll ask us something specifics? like eg just occupation, just accents, just world english etc?
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Thank you so much! just praying the questions are broad like last year's!! also do you think they'll ask us something specifics? like eg just occupation, just accents, just world english etc?
I mean there's obviously no way to know... but based on this years a level exams, they've been as hard as they can get for each subject. If they wanna make it hard, I think it'll be very broad, as this will throw some people off since they're given no direction for the essay. But like I said I guess we'll never know until tomorrow!! And remember if they ask something that specific you can also counter-argument with other topics e.g if they say evaluate if gender is the biggest influence on Lang you can argue that with other influences like age, occupation!!
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I mean there's obviously no way to know... but based on this years a level exams, they've been as hard as they can get for each subject. If they wanna make it hard, I think it'll be very broad, as this will throw some people off since they're given no direction for the essay. But like I said I guess we'll never know until tomorrow!! And remember if they ask something that specific you can also counter-argument with other topics e.g if they say evaluate if gender is the biggest influence on Lang you can argue that with other influences like age, occupation!!
Thanks again how did you find paper 1 btw?
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Thanks again how did you find paper 1 btw?
No problem!! Section A was good, section B was harder than expected but I just went with my instincts and answered it the first way that came to mind. How about you?
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No problem!! Section A was good, section B was harder than expected but I just went with my instincts and answered it the first way that came to mind. How about you?
Hated both tbh - there was hardly anything to write about in the second article and then question for CLA speaking was horrible :/ just another quick question how would you structure the 40 marker and opinion article?
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Hated both tbh - there was hardly anything to write about in the second article and then question for CLA speaking was horrible :/ just another quick question how would you structure the 40 marker and opinion article?
I agree CLA was very hard and it seems most other people did too so don't worry too much.

40 marker/Q3 on paper:

4 paragraphs
1. Compare the representation of the language feature in each text e.g this could be on women's language
2. Compare how writer positions themselves (above/level with reader)
3. Compare how writer creates an identity (their views/ perhaps prescriptivist or descriptivist if on language change)
4. Compare how texts reflect the theories we have learned about change and diversity

And of course comparing the entire way through with lots and lots of comparison works: similarly, likewise, in contrast

That's the structure we've been taught anyways! seems to work really well.

Opinion article:
Headline, strapline (identity of writer), intro paragraph with overview of issue, first para talk about why you agree with text A and support with theory, second why you disagree with A and support, same two paras but on text B then conclude. But remember the article is for an unspecialised audience!!! Very important so explain all theory and linguistic terms as simply as you can
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I agree CLA was very hard and it seems most other people did too so don't worry too much.

40 marker/Q3 on paper:

4 paragraphs
1. Compare the representation of the language feature in each text e.g this could be on women's language
2. Compare how writer positions themselves (above/level with reader)
3. Compare how writer creates an identity (their views/ perhaps prescriptivist or descriptivist if on language change)
4. Compare how texts reflect the theories we have learned about change and diversity

And of course comparing the entire way through with lots and lots of comparison works: similarly, likewise, in contrast

That's the structure we've been taught anyways! seems to work really well.

Opinion article:
Headline, strapline (identity of writer), intro paragraph with overview of issue, first para talk about why you agree with text A and support with theory, second why you disagree with A and support, same two paras but on text B then conclude. But remember the article is for an unspecialised audience!!! Very important so explain all theory and linguistic terms as simply as you can
If this is hard to understand I could always email you some sample answers I've done in the past that have been marked, just let me know!
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If this is hard to understand I could always email you some sample answers I've done in the past that have been marked, just let me know!
It's v useful thank you! that would be great ([email protected])
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Can i please get the email too.

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If this is hard to understand I could always email you some sample answers I've done in the past that have been marked, just let me know!
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Can i please get the email too.
Sure what's your email address?
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It's v useful thank you! that would be great ([email protected])
I've sent them. Hope they help a bit. What grade are you aiming for?
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does anyone have notes or exemplars on paper 2 !
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I've sent them. Hope they help a bit. What grade are you aiming for?
Thank you well i WAS aiming for an A but ill be lucky if i scrape a B as i need that to get into uni at the very least :/ what about you?
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Thank you well i WAS aiming for an A but ill be lucky if i scrape a B as i need that to get into uni at the very least :/ what about you?
I'm sure you'll get the grade you want! How confident are you with all the theory for question 1/2? I'm hoping to get an A also as that's my conditional offer for uni so fingers crossed lol
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(Original post by Melissa1345)
The question is going to be 'Evaluate...' so start with a brief intro acknowleding both sides of the argument. Choose 4 or 5 theories which are the most relevant. Start with those that agree/support the statement/question. Then write about those which undermine it. Within this, use theories which support/limit each of the main theories you've chosen if possible. E.g if you're writing about the Sapir whorf hypothesis or political correctness, mention Stephen pinker as a limitation in the same paragraph. Then once you've demonstrated both sides of the argument with theory, write a brief conclusion summarising both sides you've explained. E.g 'evaluate the idea our language use is determined by the social groups we belong to' you could conclude by saying there is a definite influence from social groups, but that's not to say they're the only factor, as biological groups like gender and age also influence it. Just be sure to EVALUATE as this is what the question is asking!
Am i right in thinking that 100% at least one of the questions for section A wil be about language influences. Age, gender etc. ??

Then the other being language change.

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Am i right in thinking that 100% at least one of the questions for section A wil be about language influences. Age, gender etc. ??

Then the other being language change.
That's what we've always been told and I'm pretty sure it's like in the AQA spec somewhere that confirms it. I mean, hopefully you've revised both diversity and change anyways as don't forget either of those can come up in question 3 and 4!!
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That's what we've always been told and I'm pretty sure it's like in the AQA spec somewhere that confirms it. I mean, hopefully you've revised both diversity and change anyways as don't forget either of those can come up in question 3 and 4!!
Ok great thanksss.

Any suggestion on how many theorist to include in article btw?? (Q4)
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Ok great thanksss.

Any suggestion on how many theorist to include in article btw?? (Q4)
Personally I try to use about 4. And then maybe some linguistic terms with brief definitions like code switching or prescriptivists. I'd just suggest every time you agree or disagree with a point in the two articles they give us, use a theory to back it up
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