Cambridge International AS/A Level English Language Coursebook

CIE English Language | AS & A Level Revision

Comprehensive student-friendly resources designed for teaching Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language (syllabus 9093). The core aim of this Coursebook is to help students to develop and apply the key skills they need to achieve in AS and A Level English Language. They will build the skills needed for assessment through frequent activities. Divided into two distinct parts for AS and A Level studies, the book covers a wide range of reading skills, such as understanding aspects of style, voice and tone. It also addresses the conventions of key kinds of writing and spoken language, from scripted speeches to travel articles, and looks at how they can capture these conventions in their own work.


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Introduction; Part 1. AS Level: Unit 1. Reading non-fiction - reading and writing skills - types of question, language and style, key reading skills for responding to passages, planning and structuring a commentary, using evidence and quotations - types of non-fiction text - Descriptive writing, personal writing, persuasive writing, practice and self-evaluation; Unit 2. Writing non-fiction - approaching 'directed writing' questions, approaching 'writing for a specified audience' questions, planning written responses, text types and purposes, text types and key features, key focus - discursive writing and writing to argue, practice tasks; Unit 3. Imaginative writing - exploring imaginative writing tasks, key reading and writing skills, creating your own imaginative and descriptive writing, practice section; Part 2. A-Level: Unit 4. Text and discourse analysis - features of spoken language, speech strategies, transcribing speech, paralinguistic features, key points for discourse analysis; Unit 5. Spoken language and social groups - the context of spoken language, language used to include and exclude, non-standard features of English, speech sounds and accents, theories and studies of social variation in language, dialect, sociolect and ideolect; Unit 6: English as a global language - English and other languages, whose English is it? Kachru's Circles model, from British to global English, English - standard and non-standard, British vs American English, language death; Unit 7. Child language acquisition - the main stages of early development, language acquisition by children and teenagers, the functions of young people's language, theories of language acquisition; Index; Acknowledgements.

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