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Aqa English Language B Coursework A2 Media Text File

  • I am struggling with this SO much....

    I was wondering if I could ask someone a HUGE favour. If there are any people who have already done the coursework would they be able to tell me exactly what I need to write about, or even better send theirs to me so that I can see some examples?? It's just that I literally have no information as to what we have to include, not even what sections we need. The deadline is so soon... and I don't even know where to start.

    I'm looking at the speech and communication of two children. How am I supposed to analyse that? Am I literally supposed to write what they can say? And how they communicate what they want? Because that's simple... do I need to include any theory? Not that I have any idea what theory I would include....

    Even if anyone could point me in the direction of any websites that may help me, especially if there are websites with example courseworks. We haven't seen any examples at all, and seeing coursework that others have done always helps me.

    I know it may be a bit cheeky to ask this, but I'm getting desperate!

  • I would strongly suggest you speak to your tutor(s) if possible because there is no way you can guess at this coursework and if you can it will have to be a VERY good blag.

    Seeing other people's finished copies can often be very helpful but I have a feeling it won't really help in this case because the A2 English Language coursework really is an individual investigation so no two investigations will be consistent or relevant. Even looking at something like style of writing or layout on someone else's work won't help because it has to be in your style.

    You sound as though you have chosen a linguistic area to study (the language of two children) but you need to have detailed ideas of what you are going to study about the language of children: is it the way they interact with each other? Is it the fluidity of their speech? What is it exactly?

    You also need to include specific details of what you hope to achieve, what you expect to find and how you are going to study them/what methods you are going to use. So yes you do need to include your theory and primarily a hypothesis * and no, no one can tell you exactly what you need to write about because really you are the only person who will know. Only you can answer these questions and if you don't know the answers then looking at finished pieces still might not help. Again I would recommend talking to a teacher or a trusted tutor who might be able to help explain things better.

    * Your entire coursework revolves around your hypothesis

    I hope this has given you some idea of what the coursework might require. I know it is very difficult and stressful, especially if you don't know what to do so if you need more details please feel free to message me.

    Best of luck!

  • Hi,

    We were told that we had to include:

    - Introduction-
    -say why you were interested in this topic area
    - how you gathered your data
    - Any limitations of your study (e.g. only two children- not representative, transcripts not reliable, etc)
    - Any background research. Look at studies about children's speech. David Crystal's book may be useful, else you could google it and see what you come up with. Ideally make this specific to WHAT you are investigating. You should try to refer to these studies through your investigation as you analyse your data.
    - How do you intend you analyse your data? We split our work into four sub-questions. E.G. One on gramma, lexis, etc. An example may be: how does the lexis of these two children differ?-if you were looking into the differences? My study was on the gender differences in two children's language, which was very interesting. I really enjoyed it- I hope you can too. :-)

    -Do each sub question seperately. Analyse it how you like. Use graphs, tables, even mind maps. Try to answer the question really. Make comparisons, explore similarities... perhaps suggests reasons for these (using your research if you can). This is the main body of your study.

    - Conclusion.
    -What did you find out?
    -Were there any problems/ difficultues and how did you overcome these?

  • As part of the Original Writing section of the NEA, students will be required to produce a commentary on their piece. This blog post will provide some guidance on completing the commentary for the NEA and useful tips.

    What is the commentary? 

    The commentary is designed to enable you to explain the decisions you have made in writing your piece and the language levels that you have employed and replicated following your exploration of a style model. 

    Word Count

    The commentary is just as important as the Original Writing piece in that it is also 750 words and the same number of marks (25). 

    Assessment Objectives 

    This piece will test your ability to employ all of the assessment objectives equally. Below is a screenshot from the criteria on the top band features: 

    What does this mean? 

    A01: You need to use a range of language levels. Note the key words ‘integrated’ and ‘connected.’

    Regardless of the language levels used, aim to cover a range rather than repeating multiple times the use of a particular word class. Do not write about the language levels in a disjointed fashion. You will do better by integrating them, e.g. The attributive adjective “gold” within the noun phrase “the gold surface.” 

    A02: Through your knowledge gained from the style model, you will need to demonstrate an awareness of genre. How does your original writing imitate the genre? How have you shown understanding of how individual genres work (and possibly overlap)?

    A03: You need to engage in the way language is used to create meanings and representations. Think about how the language levels are used to create different effects.

    A04: Within your commentary, you must make reference to the style model. An integrated comparison between the style model and original writing piece is needed.

    A05: Throughout the entire piece, you will be assessed on your ability to express ideas clearly and carefully using an effective structure. Note the key word “guide.” You need to provide a clear analysis that is well organised rather than a disjointed piece of work that lacks coherence.

    Getting the process started

    In order to produce a successful commentary, you should complete the following:

    1. As part of your planning for the Original Writing, you will have have selected a style model and looked at the linguistic strategies that it uses. In order to write a successful commentary, analyse the language levels used in your style model. Highlight them in different colours, e.g. red = syntax, green = word classes. This is a really important starting point as you need to make connections (A04) to your style model. Your commentary cannot just write about your own Original Writing piece as you need to justify how they relate to your selected style model.

    2. After analysing your style model in detail, you need to then identify the language levels used within your own work. Think about why they have been used. 

    • What representation did you intend to create? 
    • What purpose does the language level that you have employed serve?
    • Ensure that you make a comments on the way the audience, writer and subjected are positioned along the way.
    • When you are analysing your work, it is important to consider a range of language levels. Avoid just focusing on the ones you feel most confident with using. A good spread of language levels that are appropriate and meaningful to justifying your ideas is better than repeating the same ones constantly. 

    Beginning the Commentary 

    As part of your A Level course so far, you will be familiar with the importance of context and how this shapes the meaning and production of the texts. When producing your commentary, your opening paragraph should contextualise your Original Writing piece and making a clear connection to your style model. Consider the following as part of your opening paragraph: 

    • You need to contextualise your own piece of work. Ensure that you comment on the purpose, form, topic, audience and how the subject is being represented. Do not generalise here. You need to be very specific. Generalisations will not help you reach high marks.
    • You also need to introduce your style model. Why have you selected it? How does it relate to your own original writing piece? 


    "My style model is in the genre of a dramatic monologue. There are different sections in the text with scene changes indicated by 'Go to Black' or 'Fade.' The monologue explores a character who is not fully self-aware and I have reflected this in my Original Writing piece... My monologue is similar to Bennett's in many ways, whilst also having differences..."  
    Main Paragraphs in the Commentary

    After establishing the context of both your own original writing piece and your style model, you then need to carefully analyse the language levels employed in your own work.

    • Remember that you need to integrate linguistic description where possible, e.g. The pre-modifying attributive adjective ‘gold’ used within the noun phrase ‘the gold star’ is used to represent it as ….
    • Once you have commented on your own piece of work, you then need to make sure that you make connections to the style model. It might also be the case that there are marked differences in how you have used the language levels. This is equally acceptable but you need to explain why, as this will enable you to discuss contextual factors shaping the production.
    • Remember that you need to engage in meanings. Think about the way the linguistic strategies and language levels used create a representation.
    • Adopt an interwoven comparison throughout rather than writing about the style model and your own production piece in isolation.
    • Referring to the assessment criteria, you will note that it asks you to ‘guide’ the reader through. You will need to develop a coherent line of thought here. In order to guarantee this, you need to avoid leading with A01 features and instead developing topic sentences that enable the reader to understand the connections and points of comparisons being made. 
      • Both the style model and original writing piece employ … but to create different representations…
      • Within the style model, it utilises … which has been imitated in my original writing piece to …
      • Throughout the style model there is use of …. This is mirrored in my original writing piece … so that the subject of … is represented …
      • Whilst the style model utilises …. To represent the subject as … I have employed them in a different way so that the topic can be represented as … 
    • Ensure that you refer closely to your style model by quoting specific examples from it. Likewise, you will need to do the same with your own original writing piece. If you provide no evidence, credit for A01 features cannot be given regardless of how vast a range of features you have employed. 


    "As monologues are spoken, it is important to represent speech. Bennett employs ellipsis to make it sound spontaneous and realistic. For example, Marjory says 'Said it was Rawdon anyway." This has been imitated in my own original writing piece through..." 

    Concluding the Commentary 

    This does not need to be a lengthy part of the piece. A couple of sentences will do here. Your concluding paragraph should very succinctly summarise the overall representation that you have created in your original writing piece.

    • Overall, my original writing piece employs a range of language levels that are similar to my style model to represent the subject as … 

    Useful Phrases: 

    • Emulate / Mirror / Employ / Reflected / Imitated / Utilised / Mimics / Aligns /
    • Represents / Portrays / Illustrates / Illuminates / Conveys
    • The audience are positioned / This positions the audience to …
    • Both / Equally / Similarly / In the same way / Using the style model, I have …
    • Whereas / In contrast / Unlike / Alternatively / On the other hand

    Good luck with completing your commentary for the NEA and I hope this has helped. 

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