First Analytical Writing

Today everyone had a go at writing a paragraph to explain a unique feature of spoken language from their own dialogues. Everyone made an excellent effort. After reading these in class we identified the the main areas for development. These were:

  1. Specific examples in the form of quotations were needed
  2. The examples needed to be examined in more detail, including identifying the language device within
  3. The social attitudes to the ways people speak needed to be further discussed (for example just because a certain way of speaking like “cool, fam” shows that someone belongs to a certain social group, it doesn’t mean that anyone who uses that term automatically belongs to that group.

Here is the material from the board about the basics of writing language analysis.

Guide to the Analysis of Spoken LanguageTonight’s homework is to investigate the ways people speak at home and how much of this is part of your own way of speaking.

Author: Christopher Waugh

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

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