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Language Discourses

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.

Language issues are frequently debated in the media, as language is an area that people feel strongly about. Issues commonly found in newspapers include:


Most often, language issues are written about in a broad and frequently inaccurate way in the media. This leaves plenty for you to engage with as a student of linguistics. In exam questions of this type, you are expected to do two different things:

  1. Analyse how the texts present their ideas
  2. Produce a text of your own exploring the issues in a designated style


For the first task, it’s worth considering aspects such as:


For the second task, it’s important to make sure you: