Linguistic Methods for Literary Analysis Introductory Companion: AS/A Level AQA Lang & Lit

Help your class grasp the essential linguistic concepts needed to analyse literary texts. Students will learn and understand relevant spec topics from the fields of lexis and semantics, grammar and phonology. Written to accompany the AQA specification, this resource will also be very useful for those studying other Lang & Lit qualifications.

Each chapter follows a progressive structure:

  1. Concise, student-friendly explanations with relevant examples – make tricky terms accessible
  2. Consolidation questions and active learning tasks – ensure new knowledge sticks
  3. ‘Analysis in Practice’ with a real literary text – apply skills to literary analysis
  • Answers to all tasks included for effortless marking, plus an exemplar stylistic analysis to model great essay-writing
Ground your Lang & Lit teaching in great literature, with extracts from Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Khaled Hosseini, and many more...

Use the pack as an introduction to the course, to help students with topics they’re struggling with, or as a revision aid before AS or A Level exams. The perfect complement to your Language & Literature teaching!

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6339)
"Accessible and practical for both teachers and students. A useful set of tasks that could serve as an introduction to the skills... With a team of teachers who are new to the language aspect of A Level, this would be invaluable. I liked the separate tasks - these could be used as starters / to model skills, before focusing on a set text." A Barnett, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"This resource would help teachers to introduce the stylistic aspect of the course, and how linguistic and literary ideas work together, rather than as two separate concepts. It would, therefore, help students to develop their understanding of the course requirements... I like the clear layout and use of examples to illustrate concepts. A potentially useful resource for teachers who are new to teaching the A Level Lang and Lit specification." C Harvey, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"This is an excellent resource... A really good ‘handbook’ to have in any English Department. The resource has been designed to slowly build students' understanding of linguistic devices... The resource is clearly written which enables it be to be dipped in and out of as and when required. Provides clear definitions of terms and examples of how these can be applied... The ‘Analysis in Practice’ sections have been well thought out, and the style makes them easy to use. My students would benefit greatly from this resource." C Gibbons, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"A really useful resource for teaching the core skills of linguistic analysis of texts, particularly literary texts. It clearly explains how to use key terminology, demonstrates this with relevant examples and offers relevant practice. It would be easy to use whichever text a teacher had decided to teach or to use first in the course, so it has maximum usefulness. I like its no-nonsense style, focusing in on what is useful... I also really appreciate the well-selected range of short literary extracts for practice." B Kemp, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"This is an excellent resource that would be a fantastic investment for any school. It contains a variety of activities that will develop students' knowledge of the subject terminology relevant to studying A Level. A high-quality resource that will facilitate students in learning about the different frameworks... and support students in gaining the subject-specific knowledge they need to apply to all of their A-Level Lang/Lit texts. I particularly liked the logical approach that works through the frameworks in a systematic way. The answers provided at the end are also a useful resource for teachers." L Deighton, HoD and Independent Reviewer