for the Description of English
The focus of the Unit will be the structural features of English and the
frameworks available for describing these.
Section A will contain a compulsory essay question, testing understanding
of the features which are characteristic of spoken (as opposed to written)
forms of English, and candidates' ability to describe these. In answering,
candidates will be expected to supply their own examples/samples of appropriate
data, which may include both spoken and written forms.
Section B will offer a choice of two passage-based or data-based
questions. Candidates will be required to analyse the lexical choices
and grammatical structures of the chosen passage, and to discuss and explore
ways in which understanding of the structural features of the text informs
understanding of the use of language in it.
In both Sections, candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they
can communicate clearly knowledge, understanding and insights appropriate
to the study of language, use appropriate terminology, and express themselves
accurately and coherently (AO1).
They should show that they know and can use key frameworks for the systematic
study of spoken and written English (AO3i),
and that they understand and can discuss and explore concepts and issues
relating to language in use (AO4).
from the Topic List:
and written modes
Structure and deconstruction
to identify an unknown text