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English language text books?

Hi :smile:

Just wondering if this is a good text book to do English Language with? At the moment I’m studying at home and need resources for lang.

AQA AS and A Level English Language Student Book (AQA A Level English 2104) https://amzn.eu/d/0QSDorC

Would this book be sufficient enough, alongside reading other in-depth books about the included topics, to pass the exams?

Additionally, where/how could I submit the NEA (20%) part of the A-level?

Thanks :smile:
Hey! If you give me about an hour, I'll edit this and link all the texts I use/my teacher recommends, as well as some further reading I've done on several topics which I found to be a big help :smile:

1. Textbooks

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To begin with, I use the same textbook you use, but there's also this one (https://amzn.eu/d/9t4gCBy) which my teacher recommended - apparently they're both the same so it's not really worth the money, but you might want to know? Also mentioned (but not used) in class we've used bits of



OUP Revise AQA English Language

CUP A/AS Level English Language For AQA Student Book

EMC AN Introduction to Language Frameworks (I have the 2nd edition)

EMC Language Handbook (I have the 2nd edition): Key Thinkers on Key Topics

Communicating in English: Talk, Text & Technology - (eds) Alington and Mayor, Open University

Cambridge University Press have this amazing study guide series (9 in total) on all the different topics (I've linked one here as an example on Narrative but they're all brilliant. I own all 9 and they're lifesavers!) https://amzn.eu/d/f8tZ1Pr which also have further reading suggestions on each topic and sub-topic if you want to know more on stuff.


2. Further reading:

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I feel like I should say that I don't own all of these (some were just recommended by teachers or used by friends of mine) as there's a lot and you don't need all of these; for UCAS they like mention of wider reading and interests in your personal statements so try and read at least one or two. I recommend specialising in one field instead of being broadly good at everything. For example, if you were saying you were interested in the difference between language and gender you might read The Myth of Mars and Venus and Sexed Texts, or for Language and Power the books of the same name. I would recommend taking a look around and seeing which topics interest you most and going from there!

- Word on the Move - John McWhorter

- The Life of Slang - Julie Coleman

- Language, Society and Power - Mooney and Evans

- Modern Tribes - Susie Dent

- The Language Wars - Henry Hitchings

- You Are What You Speak - Lane Greene

- Talk on the Wild Side - Lane Greene

- The Myth of Mars and Venus

- Deborah Cameron

- Women Men and Language - Jennifer Coates (I have the 3rd edition)

- Women Talk More Than Men... and Other Myths About Language Explained - Abby Kaplan

- Sexed Texts - Paul Baker

- Child Language: acquisition and development - Matthew Saxton

- Language and Power - Norman Fairclough (I have the 3rd edition)

- Language and Power: a resource book for students - Simpson and Mayr

- Doing English Language - Angela Goddard

- Discourse: the basics - Angela Goddard and Neil Carey

3. Lastly I'm gonna be lazy and copy/paste some stuff given to me by my teacher throughout Year 12 which should help

Every day:· Read newspapers, magazines, leaflets and watch the news considering how language is being used to create representations and meanings.· Use your checklists every day to learn definitions of new terminology - little and often.

After each lesson:· Create revision notes of the topic spider diagrams/flashcards.· Use grammar websites, apps etc. to consolidate knowledge of grammatical terms

Each week:· Use English Language websites to find additional material on the topics covered that week. Add anything extra or interesting to your notes.

Try:- English Language Blog from one of the chief examiners http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.co.uk/- Help for English Language students and teachers https://alwayslearningweb.wordpress.com/student-a-level-help/- Language: a feminist guide - https://debuk.wordpress.com/·

Keep-up-to-date with current language issues by reading relevant language based articles in newspapers.Listen to ‘Word of Mouth’ programme on Radio 4. Examiners set questions based on current issues.

During the Summer between Year 12 and 13 (if you have that with what you're doing) there's also some good online resources, but not all of them are free. There are lots of short courses available on the Open University https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue if you select the ‘Languages’ tab, there are several units which would provide fantastic wider reading and preparation for your second year. They will also be fab to mention in UCAS applications. Look at: ‘English in the world today’, ‘A brief history of communication from hieroglyphics to emojis’, ‘How to be a critical reader’, ‘Describing language’.

https://www.york.ac.uk/study/moocs/accents-attitudes-identity/ this is a great course which has been running for a while, it used to be free but now looks possibly like there’s a small fee, unless you have some kind of future learn account which could be worth looking into.

Also, (me again!) there's some GREAT resources on Unifrog, which if you don't have already, is free to make an account on. Not only does it have loads of resources, but it also has lots of stuff on what you can do post A-Levels. I've included an image of what it looks like as an example here (wherever that turns up - never put a pic on here before lol) to give you an idea.



Overall, I think that might be everything? If you have any extra questions feel free to PM me or reply; If I find anything else I've forgotten I'll add it here/PM you! Hope this helps :smile:
(edited 7 months ago)
Sorry I can't help you with the NEA bit! I do my coursework in my college, so I'm really not qualified to comment on that bit at all :redface:
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Original post by Castrovalva
Hey! If you give me about an hour, I'll edit this and link all the texts I use/my teacher recommends, as well as some further reading I've done on several topics which I found to be a big help :smile:

1.

To begin with, I use the same textbook you use, but there's also this one (https://amzn.eu/d/9t4gCBy) which my teacher recommended - apparently they're both the same so it's not really worth the money, but you might want to know? Also mentioned (but not used) in class we've used bits of
- OUP Revise AQA English Language- CUP A/AS Level English Language For AQA Student Book- EMC AN Introduction to Language Frameworks (I have the 2nd edition)- EMC Language Handbook (I have the 2nd edition): Key Thinkers on Key Topics - Communicating in English: Talk, Text & Technology - (eds) Alington and Mayor, Open University- Cambridge University Press have this amazing study guide series (9 in total) on all the different topics (I've linked one here as an example on Narrative but they're all brilliant. I own all 9 and they're lifesavers!) https://amzn.eu/d/f8tZ1Pr which also have further reading suggestions on each topic and sub-topic if you want to know more on stuff.

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Further reading:
I feel like I should say that I don't own all of these (some were just recommended by teachers or used by friends of mine) as there's a lot and you don't need all of these; for UCAS they like mention of wider reading and interests in your personal statements so try and read at least one or two. I recommend specialising in one field instead of being broadly good at everything. For example, if you were saying you were interested in the difference between language and gender you might read The Myth of Mars and Venus and Sexed Texts, or for Language and Power the books of the same name. I would recommend taking a look around and seeing which topics interest you most and going from there!- Word on the Move - John McWhorter- The Life of Slang - Julie Coleman- Language, Society and Power - Mooney and Evans- Modern Tribes - Susie Dent- The Language Wars - Henry Hitchings- You Are What You Speak - Lane Greene- Talk on the Wild Side - Lane Greene- The Myth of Mars and Venus - Deborah Cameron- Women Men and Language - Jennifer Coates (I have the 3rd edition)- Women Talk More Than Men... and Other Myths About Language Explained - Abby Kaplan- Sexed Texts - Paul Baker- Child Language: acquisition and development - Matthew Saxton- Language and Power - Norman Fairclough (I have the 3rd edition)- Language and Power: a resource book for students - Simpson and Mayr- Doing English Language - Angela Goddard - Discourse: the basics - Angela Goddard and Neil Carey 3. Lastly I'm gonna be lazy and copy/paste some stuff given to me by my teacher throughout Year 12 which should helpEvery day:· Read newspapers, magazines, leaflets and watch the news considering how language is being used to create representations and meanings.· Use your checklists every day to learn definitions of new terminology - little and often.After each lesson:· Create revision notes of the topic spider diagrams/flashcards.· Use grammar websites, apps etc. to consolidate knowledge of grammatical termsEach week:· Use English Language websites to find additional material on the topics covered that week. Add anything extra or interesting to your notes. Try:- English Language Blog from one of the chief examiners http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.co.uk/- Help for English Language students and teachers https://alwayslearningweb.wordpress.com/student-a-level-help/- Language: a feminist guide - https://debuk.wordpress.com/· Keep-up-to-date with current language issues by reading relevant language based articles in newspapers.Listen to ‘Word of Mouth’ programme on Radio 4. Examiners set questions based on current issues.


During the Summer between Year 12 and 13 (if you have that with what you're doing) there's also some good online resources, but not all of them are free. There are lots of short courses available on the Open University https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue if you select the ‘Languages’ tab, there are several units which would provide fantastic wider reading and preparation for your second year. They will also be fab to mention in UCAS applications. Look at: ‘English in the world today’, ‘A brief history of communication from hieroglyphics to emojis’, ‘How to be a critical reader’, ‘Describing language’.

https://www.york.ac.uk/study/moocs/accents-attitudes-identity/ this is a great course which has been running for a while, it used to be free but now looks possibly like there’s a small fee, unless you have some kind of future learn account which could be worth looking into.

Also, (me again!) there's some GREAT resources on Unifrog, which if you don't have already, is free to make an account on. Not only does it have loads of resources, but it also has lots of stuff on what you can do post A-Levels. I've included an image of what it looks like as an example here (wherever that turns up - never put a pic on here before lol) to give you an idea.

Overall, I think that might be everything? If you have any extra questions feel free to PM me or reply; If I find anything else I've forgotten I'll add it here/PM you! Hope this helps :smile:

This is amazing! Thank you so much!!!

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