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“A Level English Language is a fascinating subject to teach and learn as it is very much grounded in the world around us. As a teacher, I find that I am still adding to my own subject knowledge, despite having a degree in English Language and Linguistics, as the language we use is changing every day. We can take from the world around us and use very current and pertinent texts which can not only be used to teach about language, but also about the world in which we live.”
Lucia sees this growing interest in English Language reflected in the needs of the everyday world:
“We have found that our student numbers have grown for A Level English Language. It seems to be a subject that we find our local businesses favour and there are growing areas of study at University too.”
English Language – You begin to unravel and understand even the simplest aspects of everyday language. - Current Year 12 student.
“The OCR English Language A Level is an incredibly engaging subject to teach with the freedom for teachers to go about planning the course how they wish using any resources available to them. The fact that there are no set texts means that we, as teachers, can make a selection based on what we think would be relevant to and engaging for the students we teach.”
Lucia continues “It has the rigour to be held up in high regard as an academic subject and appeals to those who wish to expand their learning in the field as well as those who wish to apply their acquired skill more practically in the job market.”
We can explore the ways in which people use language in a conversation and the subconscious choices we make when speaking and writing. - Current Year 12 student.
I’m highly glad I took this. It is very interesting and compliments all my other subjects as it allows my work to be of a higher grammatical standard. - Current Year 12 student.
I’m glad I decided to take OCR A Level English Language. I wasn’t at first but if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able to tell you, or anyone, that ‘bald-on-record’ is an actual thing and it’s when a speaker is blunt and direct in what they say or that the idea of ‘face’, first used by Goffman, was expanded by Brown and Levinson; Brown being a Penelope, a woman – my feminist heart just swooned. - Current Year 12 student.