What is English Language?

English Language is an introduction to Linguistics, which is the scientific study of language, and so it is very different from GCSE! Our journey starts with your own experience of language in the world around you. Through your creativity, English Language will develop your understanding of how and why individuals and groups use language. This includes how English has changed since it first came to our shores, and how you first acquired language skills as a baby.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English Language

  • Assessment methods

    3 final exams and coursework

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type:

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    Edexcel

How you will study

English language involves the study of short texts from everyday life, so you never have to study a novel or a collection of poetry. The primary resource is you; how you use language, how you view the language use of others. Your own viewpoints are encouraged by discussion, by your own research projects and by supportive group work.

Course content summary:

  • Language Variation (exam)
  • Child Language (exam)
  • Investigating Language (exam)
  • Crafting Language (coursework)

Course Content

  • Language Variation

    From how we use language to construct our personal and social identities to how English has changed from the beginnings of Early Modern English to the present day

  • Child Language

    Child language acquisition and the fascinating theories that try to understand why children are better at learning language than adults

  • Investigating Language

    Choice of 5 research topics. Global English; Language and Gender Identity; Language and Journalism; Language and Power; Regional Language Variation

  • Crafting Language

    You will learn how to produce and present your own texts like the professionals.

    The only limit is your own imagination.

What skills will I develop

The essential skills of creativity and critical approaches are nurtured in preparation for university, whilst important skills such as essay writing, research methods and discussion are taught. The analytical approaches to texts that you learn will be valuable skills that will help you with any subject. Essential skills such as reading for meaning and writing accurately will be developed, whilst the detailed knowledge of English and its grammatical components could even make it easier to learn another language!

What can I do after Xaverian?

These subjects are highly valued by universities. Some of the many career opportunities include Journalism, Teaching, Law, TV, Radio, Social Work, Politics and Psychology.

What support can I expect?

In addition to the extensive support offered by the college, we also provide web-based resources, extra revision sessions and support when you need it.

Course Content

  • Language Variation

    From how we use language to construct our personal and social identities to how English has changed from the beginnings of Early Modern English to the present day

  • Child Language

    Child language acquisition and the fascinating theories that try to understand why children are better at learning language than adults

  • Investigating Language

    Choice of 5 research topics. Global English; Language and Gender Identity; Language and Journalism; Language and Power; Regional Language Variation

  • Crafting Language

    You will learn how to produce and present your own texts like the professionals.

    The only limit is your own imagination.

What skills will I develop

The essential skills of creativity and critical approaches are nurtured in preparation for university, whilst important skills such as essay writing, research methods and discussion are taught. The analytical approaches to texts that you learn will be valuable skills that will help you with any subject. Essential skills such as reading for meaning and writing accurately will be developed, whilst the detailed knowledge of English and its grammatical components could even make it easier to learn another language!

What can I do after Xaverian?

These subjects are highly valued by universities. Some of the many career opportunities include Journalism, Teaching, Law, TV, Radio, Social Work, Politics and Psychology.

What support can I expect?

In addition to the extensive support offered by the college, we also provide web-based resources, extra revision sessions and support when you need it.