Comprehensive Course Companions for AS / A Level AQA

All in one place! No other resource, including the AQA-approved textbook, covers the relevant theory in this detail.D MacDonald, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
Topics covered include:
  • Deficit Theory
  • Dominance Theory
  • Difference Theory
  • Laughter
  • Sexual identity
  • Socialisation
Occupational Groups
  • Hierarchy and Power
  • Specialist Lexis
  • Discourse Structure
  • Convergence and Divergence
  • Occupational Address
  • Saving Face
Regional National and International Variations
  • Accent
  • Dialect
  • Attitudes
  • World Englishes (A Level Only)

Explore language diversity in its various social contexts with this comprehensive pack of notes and theories, engaging student activities and exam-style questions. Flexible format to support your teaching of the new 2015 AQA specification.

Uses a stimulating and relevant range of unseen written, spoken and electronic sources – perfect for the synoptic approach of the new spec!

  • Versatile worksheets with regular tasks and discussion points encourage reflective thinking and spark debate
  • Methods of language analysis integrated throughout activities
  • Varied examples provided and complex theories explained in an accessible way
  • ‘Synoptic Opportunities’ help students recognise how the topics merge with, support or contrast one another

Plus Vital Exam Practice!

  • Exam-style questions prep students to achieve top marks across the AOs
  • Indicative content included

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7765)
'An excellent resource! Not only does it contain key concepts, terminology and theorists, but also revision materials and exercises to allow students to consolidate knowledge... Tasks can also be completed on both an individual and group basis and there are plenty of research opportunities... The assessments also come in a range of forms and so students are tested in such a way that they will know exactly where gaps in their knowledge lie... There are tasks for both class contact sessions, follow up lessons as well as independent study. Students are prepared in line with the examination criteria, with past questions and examination criteria fully outlined... This resource would complement my lessons very well because it would allow me to plan fewer materials from scratch and compensates for work required for both inside and outside of the classroom.' R Budyakova, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A useful starting point for teaching this unit, particularly in regards to introducing theorists... It helps my students understand how phonology (which they have found particularly tricky) fits in with their analysis... The booklet is presented as both student and teacher friendly; the suggested activities are well received... Resource is fantastic for assisting students in understanding how to jump between GCSE to AS Level, as it presents information clearly, but also highlights the need for further research.' K Berkley, Customer, Teacher and Reviewer
'A very strong resource, which would be extremely useful for a first time teacher of the content, or someone with more experience looking to brush up their skills... The ‘introductory’ / key concept sheets are extremely useful as fact sheets / flipped learning resources / revision notes... Extremely strong, detailed case studies on specific global variations of English – likely to be extremely useful for both students and teachers alike... The signalling of key research studies is very good, and correlates well with the revision / consolidation tasks at the end... Very useful suggestion of investigation ideas throughout, which are clearly related to the topics being considered... Contains useful tasks that could very well inform planning / work as cover tasks... The range of consolidation activities at the back of the pack are helpful for revision and assessment purposes... The theory memoire is extremely helpful... Indicative answers are likely to be helpful, especially for teachers new to the content of the specification... Student-friendly markschemes are a great idea!' R Hunt, Teacher, Senior AQA Examiner and Independent Reviewer
'Very comprehensive in coverage. [Activities] are adaptable as stand alone or in sequence... Good knowledge in terms of theory which will boost what students need to know... Useful exam practice questions and many activities designed to fit in with the AOs.' P Ault, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'Meets the spec and would support teaching for both AS and A Level... There is plenty of coverage for students to read on their own, providing useful home learning material.' - B Kemp, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7238)
'A useful resource! It includes both depth and breadth – theorists are included as well as transcripts. As a first time teacher of this course it has helped develop my understanding of what students need to know.' K Berkley, Customer, Teacher and Reviewer
"This is a very thorough resource which covers systematically the key theorists for this topic... The data that is included is very useful and will be invaluable in the classroom. The indicative content is a hugely helpful feature and will be a massive time saver for teachers." - R Caveney, English Language Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'This is an extremely detailed unit of work that matches the specification perfectly. A lot of work has gone into the production of this resource with many case studies and theorists covered in a student-friendly manner. Having Meanings and Representations from Paper 1 woven into the transcripts is very useful indeed - this will impact positively on exam results.' V O'Farrell, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8173)
'It’s brilliant! It has a wealth of clearly written and useful information. It is clearly set out and organised in a sensible fashion. The progression, coverage and activities included are superb and would be an invaluable resource to anyone teaching this aspect of the course – especially those new to the topic... Starred theorists are very useful to focus on key concepts and to aid students in crucial revision... Synoptic link markers are very helpful... Investigation ideas are great and links to further reading are great for teachers and students who want to extend their learning... The indicative content is very useful - it’s the inclusion of things like indicative content, terminology and definitions and answers to tasks that make these guides invaluable.' R Caveney, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7237)
'An excellent resource! It’s absolutely comprehensive, includes the basics plus lots of newer theorists and their ideas presented in an easily accessible/usable format... There is a huge range of activities, ideas and web links – so helpful! It includes a good selection of exams-style question, complete with indicative content of model answers... It will really help my new members of the A level language team and develop those already teaching the subject in their range, depth and confidence.' L Nicholls, Customer, Head of English and Reviewer
"A fantastic update to this resource not only bringing in some more recent theories, debates and ideas but also making it really useful to teach the new AQA A level specification." - P Town, Head of Department and Independent Reviewer