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Be as up-to-date as you can on material here.  General “reading around” about language will benefit you hugely in A Level assessments.

See this excellent blog for language news of the week, maintained by a teacher of A Level English Language.

Other useful links are collected here.

These are Aitchison’s descriptions of 3 different prescriptivist attitudes to language change:


Descriptivists like Aitchison herself view language change as natural.  Language evolves and adapts - new forms come in, some drop out, while others remain.


Some contemporary prescriptivists include:


If you don’t have material about these people from lessons, looking them up in relation to language change would be a very productive revision activity.

Attitudes to Change