Text types

The Language A: Language and Literature guide suggests we study a range of text types. 'Deconstructing texts', as we call it, is one way of exploring the structural conventions of various text types. In this section we ask ourselves: "What kinds of features contribute to the text's structure?" The samples of texts given on these pages could be considered archetypical. In other words, they have many of the defining features of a particular text type. 

If you are preparing a written task 1, consult these pages to ensure that your text contains many of the defining characteristics and features of the type of text that you want to write. Furthermore you may want to study these pages in preparation for Paper 1, where you are asked to comment on the structure of unseen texts. 

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Comments 4

Sajani Kaplingat 28 April 2017 - 01:47

Dear David and Tim,
Do you have something related to Interviews as a text type? I want something more technical than what I can tell my students.

Tim Pruzinsky 28 April 2017 - 04:47

Hi Sajani,

We have what's on the site and are constantly adding to it. I'm a big fan of "mentor texts" or studying an interview - in this case - and doing so using real world examples.

I think "The Paris Review" is incredible. They are my go-to when I need to find amazing writing coupled with amazing interviews: theparisreview.org

I'd have students read an in-depth interview and annotate for structural and stylistic devices (among other things). From there, we as a class can get a greater understanding of the text type. I also like Time Magazine's 10 questions for a shorter format.


jan jonk 13 October 2017 - 09:12

Dear David,
We're doing text types at the moment, in connection to speeches. Would it be permitted to use TED talks as a source for written tasks 1

jan jonk

Tim Pruzinsky 14 October 2017 - 05:43

Hi Jan,

Yes, TED Talks can be used as the source material for WT1. Just make sure the TED Talk connects to the course objectives in a way that is clear for students and examiners.


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