Help with A-level English language please!Watch this thread
We are studying two units at this point in time (I have two different teachers that teach them separately). One teaches language's diversity and change, while the other teaches child language development. I am immensely struggling with the latter. I cannot seem to wrap my head around it.
I don't understand how to structure an essay on one of those transcripts with a child conversing with an adult and you have to use the IPA. I'm having trouble remembering all these new specialist terms (e.g. deletion, substitution etc.), and I am clueless as to when and how I can identify them in the transcript and use them appropriately in my essay.
I also feel that GCSE English language didn't prepare me at all for its A-level counterpart. I am not transferring any of the skills I used back then for A-level. Will this change?
It all seems rather convoluted. Any help would be much appreciated (resources also seem scarce).
I did take English language A level and I can easily say to you that you don't need to worry as long as you enjoy the subject and have motivation you will do it. Yes it is a subject that requires great effort but believe me once you get the grip of it you will enjoy it. Child language acquisition was one of my favourite topics. if you find yourself struggling with identifying the stuff you learnt in the transcripts, I personally would advise you to use flash cards for the terms you find difficult to understand and write a concise yet understandable meaning. when they give you a transcript of a child conversation look for stuff like how the child uses grammar, the phonology of words, the context which they are used. Also, even if it sounds obvious, look for the mistakes in either spelling or pronouncing words that the child makes in his/her conversation and write about it. Also in the transcripts they write the age of the child to help you identify in which stage they are at. (early stage,holographic stage, telegraphjc stage etc). Also last advice read educational articles on the internet about English language. I'm sure you will find plenty which are useful in expanding your knowledge.
lastly don't worry everything will be alright, and ALWAYS ask your teacher for things that are not clear. don't make the mistake of taking everything in and then not being able to cope with it.
it really is an interesting subject which I hope you will enjoy. All the best!!!!! ☺🙌