Starting point for Language Analysis SAC

As the title suggests, the aim of the next SAC is to analyse language. It sounds quite simple. And it is.

Whenever we read or hear language, we are instantly analysing its meaning and how it affects us. There are few of us who have never been moved by a stirring speech in a movie and I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves nodding our heads in agreement when listening to someone persuasive.

So, what is happening when language is successful in making us feel strongly about the ideas and arguments it presents? That’s what this SAC is all about. How is the language working?

Ms Gordon’s lecture last week covered the following aspects of Language Analysis. If you want to look at the original Powerpoint check out Haileybury online.

Analysis is examining …

1.                    WHY those language choices have been made

2.                    HOW they work to position the target audience to accept the specific point of view being presented

3.                    DESCRIBING the context of the language use

Assessors are always looking to see what conclusions the student is drawing about the text and how they are supporting their claims.

WHY:

—To encourage … them to …

—To invite … them to …

—To position … them to …

—To manipulate …

—To coerce …

—To elicit … feelings of …

—To consider, ponder, feel

 

HOW does the language work :

By appealing to …

—By linking …

—By establishing a contrast between …

—By making reference to …

By criticising …

 

Analysis is NOT:

—Paraphrasing (summary)

—Explaining what is said / shown

—Explaining what a word means

—Explaining what an author means

—The your point of view

—Your opinion on whether the author is right/wrong

 

YOU MUST THINK … ASK …

**HOW DOES THE LANGUAGE WORK IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE PIECE?

**HOW DOES IT WORK TO SUPPORT THE ARGUMENT BEING PRESENTED?

To analyse effectively … you …

… need to step back …

… look at the whole piece …

… to work out how language is being used …

AND

… then zoom in on specific examples …

 

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