A Level: English Language

English Language is the study of the history, varieties and diversity of the English language and how it undergoes processes of change over time. It encompasses how language affects our sense of identity and individuality as well as what it reflects about societies and how they function. It is not just a subject concerned with the language of the past but of how it is an ever changing entity that shapes our perceptions of the past, present and future.

What sort of students takes English Language?

In order to be an expert English Language investigator you must:

  • Be able to explore your own language history and what has shaped it
  • Want to discuss exciting issues surrounding the English Language and its usage
  • Be able to analyse language in depth and explore its wider implications
  • To be able to think critically about the effect of context, audience and genre
  • Be open to new ideas and ways of thinking about language and its uses
  • Be able to write essays as well as produce your own creative writing

What sorts of questions does it ask?

  • How do children develop the ability to speak?
  • Why do some people speak differently to others?
  • Why are some varieties of English more widely accepted?
  • What can language show us about society and individuals?

What skills will I learn?

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Understanding and analysing linguistic data
  • Critical analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

Reading List and Timeline

English Language Timeline

English Language Reading List