Revision Guides

Miss Kristy has kindly produced the attached revision guides to help you with the Language Paper.

Revision F – Foundation Language Paper

Revision H – Higher Language Paper

I will be providing printed colour copies of these ASAP.


Form, Audience, Purpose, Style

Form, audience, purpose and style:

With each piece of writing you will be tested on your understanding of form, audience, purpose and style, so you need to be clear about the kind of writing you are aiming for – who exactly are you writing for and what you are trying to tell them?


When it comes to the writing tasks in the exam, your first step is to clearly identify:

  • the form – what type of text should you be writing, eg a magazine article
  • the audience who will be reading your text, eg teenagers
  • the purpose of your text, eg to convince people to do more sport
  • your chosen writing style, eg informal

Read the BBC Bitesize Article of Form (they call it Genre but it’s the same thing), Audience Purpose and Style and how to show you have acknowledged the form.

Non-Fiction Creative Writing

Below is the suggested structure I shared with you in class for using when writing to argue, persuade or discuss.

  • Title – hints at your point of view
  • Personal anecdote / focus on one example
  • State argument clearly
  • Developed reason #1
  • Developed reason #2
  • Conclusion – referring back to beginning story

Remember to always take note of which FORM you are being asked to write.

Additional Home Learning

I know you are in the midst of preparing your speeches but if you have finished, and as some additional Language exam practice, you can finish the response we were working on in class today on the Race to the Pole extract.

What do you understand about the difficulties they faced in training for the race?

(8 marks)

Bring this to me next week (Wednesday 11 March) and I will mark it for you out of 8.


Good Luck!

Good luck in your mock exams and especially in your English exams tomorrow and Friday!

Remember the key points:

  • Is the question asking you to look at content or the method used by the writer?
  • Try to link points together.
  • Use quotations to support your ideas.
  • Content questions are asking you to make inferences and interpretations about the text – show you understand by saying what the text is suggesting.
  • Method questions are looking at how the writer has achieved an effect – ask yourself ‘Why has the writer used this particular word or phrase?’
  • On the writing section, remember all our work on Super Learning Day and PLAN!
  • Remember to only answer ONE writing question.
  • Stay calm and write as much as you can!!

See you on Wednesday!

Language Features – Method

When you are looking at how the writer has written something (the ‘method’), you need to look for things in the writing which create a particular effect (make the reader think or feel something). Below is a list of different language features you might see but you MUST comment on the effect of these things. You don’t get any points for JUST spotting them in the writing.

  • Narrative voice (1st Person ‘I’ or 3rd Person ‘He/She’)
  • Verb tense
  • Emotive language vs. Informative language
  • Contrasts
  • Evocative / vivid description
  • Rhyme
  • Rule of three
  • Metaphors / Similes / Personification / Onomatopoeia
  • Alliteration
  • Lists
  • Statistics and / or facts
  • Connotations
  • Anecdotes
  • Imagery
  • Repetition or circular structure
  • Direct speech
  • Quotations used
  • Direct address

Ways to Practice at Home

Reading Practice

One of the best ways to practice for your language exams is to read a lot of non-fiction texts – find articles from a broadsheet newspaper, e.g. The Guardian, The Independent or The Telegraph. (print or online) that interest you.

Once you have found an article you are interested in, consider the following:

  1. What are the key points of the article?
  2. Summarise the article in 100 words.
  3. Look at the language used – what words stand out? What effect do they have?

Past Papers

Past papers for the iGCSE are online at AQA. Work through these at home and discuss with family members.

Revision Guides

You can get hold of AQA revision guides which will help you with the skills needed for your exam.