Language and the state

One of the suggested topics for Part 2 of the Language A: Language and Literature guide is 'language and the state'. For this topic we will explore how language is used to inform the public. There are many types of texts that can be explored for this topic, from informational brochures to public service announcements like this one with 'Smokey the Bear'. By exploring a range of texts we are meeting the first of the learning outcomes for Part 2. What's more we will show how these texts influence audiences and propagate values through various linguistic techniques. 

In these pages you can find lesson material on this particular topic. They meet the learning outcomes for Part 2.

Guiding questions

  1. How is language used in various media to inform and persuade the public?

  2. What kinds of stylistic devices do we often see in public service announcements?

  3. What is the difference between indoctrination and public information?

  4. How might propaganda be good for the general public?

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