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hi guys, i was wondering if anyone has any tips for the unit 1 ccea gcse english language exam. it is based on five tasks: task 1 is writing for purpose and audience, task 2 is analysing an article for impact on the reader, task 4 is analysing an article for language and its effect and task 5 is analysing presentational features of a picture.
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i did the exam in november and my top tips are definitely to pick certain metaphors/words you want to use in your task one then learn them and be able to incorporate them, also it's not guaranteed but generally the topic is centred around teenagers/something we can relate to so revising old task ones you've done in school can really really help. for task two and four, one thing to really aim for is a high quantity of language techniques. focus on the more ambitious techniques first and only resort to the more basic ones if you can't see anything else. also, always qualify the more basic techniques (eg, the author doesn't just use a verb, they use a dramatic verb, etc). try get at least 12 techniques in but you can couple them up. task three and five were the ones i found most difficult. try not to overthink task three, and pick the most relevant, obvious evidence which is likely to give you marks. for task five, try not to miss anything obvious. generally it's easier to go for image and colour, but if there's a super obvious font/layout feature you can see and can elaborate on, go for it!
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omg thank you so much. my exam is on wednesday and I haven't done much revision for it so I'm quite stressed!!
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also, for task 2 and 4 how would you explain the techniques used, I always struggle with trying to expand on what they're showing
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for task two and four i would focus on language devices, structure and tense. for language devices, make sure you're able to identify and spell the devices. the easiest way to practice this is try print some past papers but instead of writing full answers you can just try underline and label devices used. go over the spelling of devices too, and know the difference in them (eg a metaphor vs a simile or an oxymoron vs juxtaposition). for structure, focus on sentence length and the beginning/ending of a piece. a lot of short sentences can also be monosyllabic so make sure to check if there's any! the beginning and ending can have some really good techniques (does it begin in media res, or end on a cliffhanger?). for tense, you don't really have to comment on it if it is in past tense but make sure to identify if it's it present tense and comment on it then (however it is quite unlikely). first person narration can also be good to comment on especially if the piece is trying to persuade you towards/against something as it builds a rapport with the reader. my biggest downfall was always being too vague, so be as specific as possible with analysis!! avoid words like it (what is the it?) and comment on what it makes the reader think, and makes the reader feel. but honestly, don't overthink it. also, i recommend completing task two and four before tasks three and five. i found the best way to work it was to write about all the big techniques and important points i had for two and four, do three and five, then go back to two and four to expand and get any more i missed
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wow thank you so much!! im doing it tomorrow, hopefully it goes well
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How did it go!
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i wasnt a big fan of task 1, it was to write a speech to your classmates persuading them to agree that 'the most important thing in life is to be kind', I think I did okay, I just couldn't of what do write. task 2 and 3 were okay and task 4 and 5 were about Maleficent. overall it wasnt too bad, I just spent too much time on task 1 trying to think of what to write
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