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AS & A Level English Textbooks

English Language & Literature AS and A Level will be taught from 2015, with AS first being awarded and 2016 and A Level in 2017.

Below you can find the top textbooks for English Language/English Language and Literature and a selection of the top study guides for English Literature.

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AS & A Level English Language Textbooks:

AS & A Level English Literature Textbooks:

AS & A Level Study Guides For English Literature:

York Notes:

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Core Content

Below are some of the key facts from the government documents on English Language and Literature for AS & A Level.

English Language Content:

  • Students should show broad knowledge and understanding of the language levels, including:
    • phonetics, phonology and prosodics: how speech sounds and effects are articulated and analysed
    • lexis and semantics: the vocabulary of English, including social and historical variation
    • grammar including morphology: the structural patterns and shapes of English at sentence, clause, phrase and word level
    • pragmatics: the contextual aspects of language use
    • discourse: extended stretches of communication occurring in different genres, modes and contexts
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • apply language concepts and methods of analysis appropriately and systematically to data
    • apply critical and creative skills in close reading, description, evaluation, analysis, interpretation and production of texts and discourses
    • use accurately a range of terminology associated with the study of language
    • make accurate references to texts and sources
    • critically evaluate attitudes towards language and its users
    • undertake independent investigations of language, selecting appropriate methods and techniques
    • synthesise and reflect on language knowledge and understanding drawn from different areas of their studies of English Language

English Language and Literature Content:

  • Students are required to show knowledge and understanding of:
    • a wide range of spoken and written texts from different times: At A Level a minimum of six substantial texts (at least three from the genres of prose fiction, poetry and/or drama, at least three further texts, one of which must be non-literary. At AS Level a minimum of three substantial texts (at least two from the genres of prose fiction, poetry and/or drama, at least one further text, which must be non-literary)
    • some of the different language levels, as appropriate drawn from:
      • phonetics, phonology and prosodics
      • lexis and semantics
      • grammar including morphology
      • pragmatics
      • discourse
    • how language choices shape meanings in texts
    • ways in which individual texts are interpreted by different readers or listeners
    • how linguistics and literary approaches can inform interpretations of texts
    • ways in which texts relate to each other and to the contexts in which they are produced and received
    • the significance of contextual factors in the production and reception of texts (A)
    • how to apply linguistics and literary methodologies and concepts to inform their responses to and interpretations of texts (A)
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • apply relevant methods for text analysis, drawing on linguistic and literary fields
    • apply varied strategies for reading an dlistening according to text type and purpose for study
    • identify and describe how meanings and effects are created and conveyed in texts
    • explore connections across a wide range of texts
    • use English appropriately, accurately and creatively
    • use a range of techniques to produce and evaluate the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes, informed by wide reading and listening
    • make accurate reference to texts and sources
    • explore connections across a wide range of literary and non-literary texts (A)
    • synthesise and reflect on their knowledge and understanding of linguistic and literary concepts and methods in the study of texts (A)

English Literature:

  • Students are required to show knowledge and understanding of:
    • individual works of literature to explore relationships between texts and to appreciate the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers
    • of a range of literary texts. Texts for study must be chosen so that they illuminate one another and enable connections
    • A Level must include at least two examples of each genre of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. It must also cover a minimum of eight texts that include at least three texts published before 1900 (including at least one Shakespeare texts) and at least one work first published or performed after 2000, as well as an "unseen text", one that has not been previously named for study
    • AS Level must include at least one example of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. It must also cover a minimum of four texts that must include at least one text published before 1900
    • ways in which writers shape meanings in texts
    • ways in which individual texts are interpreted by different readers
    • ways in which texts relate to one another and to the contexts in which they are written and read
    • ways in which texts are interpreted by different readers, including over time (A)
    • ways in which texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres (A)
    • the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers (A)
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • read texts in a variety of ways and respond critically and creatively
    • vary strategies for reading, including for detail, overview and gist depending on the texts being studied and purposes for reading them
    • explore connections across text
    • identify and consider how attitudes and values are expressed in texts
    • draw on their understanding of different interpretations in responding to and evaluating texts
    • communicate fluently, accurately and effectively their knowledge, understanding and judgement of texts
    • use literary critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination
    • make appropriate use of the conventions of writing in literary studies, including accurate referencing and use of quotations

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