Amanda Coultas's LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS (Routledge a Level English PDF

By Amanda Coultas

Routledge a degree English courses equip AS and A2 point scholars with the talents they should discover, assessment and revel in English.Books within the sequence are equipped round the numerous abilities laid out in the evaluation goals (AOs) for all AS and A2 point English classes. concentrating on the AOs so much suitable to their subject, the books support scholars to increase their wisdom and skills via research of vigorous texts and modern facts. each one booklet within the sequence covers a special sector of language and literary examine, and provides obtainable motives, examples, routines, a thesaurus of key words, and prompt answers.Language and Social Contexts: considers language in the social contexts within which it's used and understood covers the main talents and issues, together with social contexts, transcripts and the contexts of speech, language and age, language and gender, and nearby speak analyzes a wide selection of spoken and written texts, from conversations and textual content messages to marriage ceremony invites, street symptoms, police warnings and ads deals a step by step advisor to imminent texts and information and proposals for structuring a reaction can be utilized as either a path textual content and a revision device. Written via an skilled instructor, writer and AS and A2 examiner, Language and Social Contexts is a necessary source for all scholars of AS and A2 point English Language, and English Language and Literature.

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How is their power represented in the letter? 1 Police letter Suggestions for Answer The police have considerable power and in this document they make sure the motorist knows it. The letter clearly states that the motorist may be taken to court, made to pay £1,000 and have three points put on his licence. The letter has a clear bold heading which is capitalised. It is from an S Cowen, whose status is unknown but who is acting with the authority of the Chief Constable. The letter clearly highlights the solidarity of the police force; the motorist is being accused not by an individual officer, but by the institution that is ‘the Police’.

The police still maintain power, however: the lesser penalty is conditional, it ‘may’ be possible to arrange it but if the motorist does not agree then court proceedings ‘will’ result. The fate of the motorist rests firmly in the hands of the police. This text clearly signals the power of the police to punish those who break the rules of our society. Within this context the police are not concerned to cultivate a positive relationship with the correspondent, they are legally in the right and no attempt to ‘win over’ the motorist is needed.

It does not. Exam specifications often do include ‘Power’ as a discrete topic in itself. This is due to the practicalities of teaching and examining. The exam board needs to ‘carve up’ the things it wants to test into ‘topics’ that can be taught and then constituted into identifiable bits of the exam. However, as you will be aware from looking at other sections of this book, there is rarely just one factor that governs the way language is used at any one time. With the topic of power the situation is even more complex: power can rarely be said to exist unless it is related to another feature, like gender or ethnicity or occupation, and combined with a particular set of contextual circumstances.

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