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Should We Study Current Events in Language and Literature? A Partial Reaction to the 2018 Subject Report

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The subject report for the May 2018 examinations was recently released. I read it every year because it gives us insight into the course and... more

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  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Rima, I think it is perfectly reasonable to relate this to language and belief. However, it is important that the understanding shown highlights language and belief. A consideration of only belief and the emotive subject of capital punishment...
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Rima, This kind of question is asked frequently. There is no absolute clarity in the subject guide, but there is at least a strong suggestion that the language parts of the course should focus on non-literary texts. Also, WTs should explore...
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Leigh, WTs should explore 'an aspect of the material studied in the course'. In this sense, at least, the WT is inappropriate. Also, since the text is dealing with a literary text, it is a literary WT (and not a language/topic option)....
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    EE - Studies in Language - Sample 1
    Hi Marnie, This is a category 1 EE, since the source texts are novels. My own preference would be to avoid research questions that aim to discuss whether or not a text is 'effective'. Focus instead on literary representation. If the student...
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    Part 4
    Hi Jodi, That's just fine. As long as you think a student can talk meaningfully for 10-12 minutes (initially), then the text is appropriate. Kind regards, David
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    Part 4
    Hi Dalia, All fine. Thank you for your kind words, David
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    Criteria
    This is fine, Leigh. In the rationale, the student should explain, among other things, the linguistic conventions of the text type. Kind regards, David
  • 10 Dec David McIntyre
    WT2 Questions & samples
    Hi Freddie, This strikes me as rather broad. I would perhaps concentrate ask your student to consider, for example, the distinction that exists between old money and new money, and focus on the role of characterisation in revealing the difference. Kind...
  • 10 Dec Rima Moukarzel
    WT1 Tips
    Another student chose for his written task 1 to write a letter to the editor about capital punishment and he related it to language and belief. Isn't capital punishment more related to language and power? The student is justifying that it is...
  • 10 Dec Rima Moukarzel
    WT1 Tips
    Hello, For written Task 1 on language, one of my students picked an excerpt of a novel (not in our syllabus) as a primary source and will write an editorial about it. Is it valid to pick a literary source (such as an excerpt of a novel) for...
  • 10 Dec Leigh Henderson
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Tim and David One of my students has written a beautiful letter from Oscar Wilde to Bosie from prison as written task 1. However, she states in her rationale that the topic is language and taboo by referring to the homo-erotic language...
  • Hi David and Tim, I'm after some EE advice for a student I'm just starting on the EE process with. Firstly, he would like to use a graphic novel series (The March trilogy), which I'm quite excited about. I'm fairly confident that this would...