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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:30 am 
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Excerpt from a text I find so true

What does English Language and Literature offer?

Firstly, straddling the arts and sciences, language study truly has something for everyone, and is therefore a most attractive academic subject because language impinges on all subject areas. And (yes we can coordinate sentences with a conjunction), when language description and analysis is combined with the creativity and expressiveness of a rich literary heritage, the allure will surely speak to all but the most unimaginative.

As well as a source of pleasure, creativity and imagination, literature helps develop descriptive and rhetorical skills as arguments are justified with evidence, and conclusions based on logic and reason. More than this, our rich literary tradition charts the evolution of English from its origins to the present day. The shifts in word meanings, pronunciation and grammar are evident in the texts of each generation and ‘archaisms’ were once every bit as innovative and creative then as neologisms are for us today.

Further, any discussion of politics, power, beliefs and values need only look at history see how they were expressed through words, whose meanings and uses change over time, space and context, to this day. Literature provides the documentary evidence for the ways English has evolved and surely serves to humble any strident champions of ‘correctness’.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:47 am 
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A useful link to the history of the english langauage.Words invented,borrowed,adapted and so the list goes on and on...............

http://www.thehistoryofenglish.com/issues_new.html

Literature is an area where I tread with trepidation.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:38 am 
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Unfortunately the English Language A level is not rated so after GCSE you need to stick to English Literature until you get to university. Most schools don't even offer it. DG


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:02 pm 
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There is a joint literature & language A level which tempted DD for a while, but I don't know how well that is regarded.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:07 pm 
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Is that the AQA one?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:25 pm 
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Other boards do it as well, DAOGroupie. I know it well and advise you to steer clear!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:45 pm 
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Kingfischer and Daogroupie and all other people 'in the know', (waving :D )
what do you think of the combination
English literature OCR
English language AQA
+ or - Creative writing AQA ?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:47 pm 
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It seems a real shame that English Language has become tarnished like this.

Is there any board that is rated for A level English Language? DG


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:07 pm 
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Daogroupie wrote:
Unfortunately the English Language A level is not rated so after GCSE you need to stick to English Literature until you get to university. Most schools don't even offer it. DG

Daogroupie, is the Creative writing A level better rated than the English language one?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:15 pm 
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Daogroupie wrote:
Unfortunately the English Language A level is not rated so after GCSE you need to stick to English Literature until you get to university. Most schools don't even offer it. DG


Sorry - where do you get that information from? It is rated for degrees like computer science.


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