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Successful EDEXCEL International AS Level Language and Literature in English learners gain a foundation in lifelong language skills together with an understanding and enjoyment of literary texts, including

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● develop and apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation 

● develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language 

● use linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other 

● engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts 

● explore the ways in which texts relate to each other and the contexts in which they are produced and received 

● develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language 

● undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

During the two year course, students study a wide range of fiction (play, novel and poetry) and non-fiction

texts. Students study analyse and explore these within the contexts that they are produced and read. They prepare to respond to unseen texts which they compare with texts they have previously studied. For the coursework component, they also produce creative responses to studied texts accompanied by their own commentary on how they link to the stimulus. It is a varied and interesting course that combines the key elements of traditional language and literature disciplines.

• The features of persuasive and argumentative writing encompass the different techniques and devices employed in conveying points of view, exemplification and cohesive reasoning in different formats (for example, newspaper articles, magazine features, letters, diaries, scripted speeches) for different types of audiences (such as those based on age or interest).