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LG1: Introduction to the Language of Texts : 

LG1: Introduction to the Language of Texts Section B: Language Focus

Overview of LG1 Exam : 

Overview of LG1 Exam 60% of AS grade 2½ hours Written Paper (May 2009) 60 marks Section A: The language of texts One compulsory question (40 marks) Section B: Language focus One compulsory question (20 marks)

Section B: Language Focus : 

Section B: Language Focus ONE text (no more than one side of A4) OR TWO SHORTER texts Knowledge and skills required more or less the same as for Section A, but there will be a more specific focus. The most likely focus is on how writers or speakers have used language to convey a particular bias, attitude, angle, viewpoint, prejudice, feeling, etc. You will not be asked to analyse the whole text but only what is relevant to the specified focus. Limited number of bullet points will give guidance as to aspects which are relevant to the specified focus, but will not give guidance about which of the key constituents of language need to be used.

LG1: Assessment Objectives : 

LG1: Assessment Objectives AO1 Select and apply a range of linguistic methods, to communicate relevant knowledge using appropriate terminology and coherent, accurate written expression. AO2 Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of concepts and issues related to the construction and analysis of meanings in spoken and written language, using knowledge of linguistic approaches. AO3 Analyse and evaluate the influence of contextual factors on the production and reception of spoken and written language, showing knowledge of the key constituents of language. (this requires linguistic analysis and evaluation of contextual factors).

Sample Examination Question : 

Sample Examination Question SECTION B Language Focus This Section counts for 20 marks, and you should devote an appropriate proportion of your time to it. The following text is an extract from a Home Economics textbook printed in the early 1960s, but probably as a reprint from a slightly earlier period. The text was intended to be taken entirely seriously at the time. It illustrates how attitudes have changed over the last half century. Task: Analyse and discuss the use of language in this text to convey attitudes. You should consider in your answer: • How the language choices convey attitudes to men and women and their respective roles in Society What you can deduce and infer from the use of language about attitudes to domestic life, and to work and family relationships in the middle of the twentieth century Your views on this as a text for wives.

Extract from Exam Text : 

Extract from Exam Text The Good Wife Guide Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return from work. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. ANALYSE LANGUAGE IN THIS EXTRACT AND EXPLAIN HOW IT IS USED TO CONVEY ATTITUDES.

Possible areas of focus… : 

Possible areas of focus… Direct address to wife using second person pronouns: an authoritarian rather than friendly approach Stress on comfort and peace in the domestic setting: positive adjectives and modifiers and positive nouns: e.g. warm welcome, haven of rest and order; a place of peace and order, comfortable, low, soothing and pleasant Other adjectives often used to emphasise domestic pleasure and comfort from the husband’s viewpoint: e.g. delicious (meal), favourite (dish), interesting (for him), refreshed, fresh-looking, welcoming Post-modifiers to emphasise the husband’s comfort: (ready on time) for his return, (thinking) about him, concerned (about his needs), (interesting) for him, etc. Verbs focused on wife’s duty to please her husband: e.g. plan, concerned, needed, refreshed

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