English Language-9093

Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language develops a set of transferable skills. These include critical analysis; constructing arguments; presenting knowledge and understanding; and writing English in a balanced, articulate and fluent manner. Learners can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and real-world situations. These skills will also equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. Our approach in Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language encourages learners to be: confident and explore texts and ideas with self-assurance, intellectual freedom and personal insight. We encourage responsibility and commitment to their learning. Students should develop linguistic expertise to better understand themselves and others in the wider community. They should become reflective and develop a keen and critical sense of themselves as users and consumers of language.  They should approach texts with a combination of creative, original and flexible thinking.  They should engage, recognise and interrogate the role language plays in matters of personal, social and global significance. As a result, they are being prepared to apply this learning in real life beyond the classroom.

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What are the Key Concepts?

The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language are:

Text and context: Can be defined as a single, coherent unit of language, from the briefest spoken utterance to a book published across several volumes. However, no text exists without context; students of English language.  One must always consider how a text’s meaning is informed by the circumstances not only of its production, but also of its communication and reception.

Meaning and style: The study of English language involves developing a range of strategies for exploring the complex ways in which different linguistic elements come together to create meaning. Whether producing their own texts or analysing texts produced by others, students of English language must consider how choices regarding form, structure and language also interact to create a distinctive style.

Audience: Students of English language must learn to identify and analyse the strategies writers and speakers use to communicate with their intended audience(s). Likewise, they must be able to predict, recognise and analyse the various responses these strategies might elicit.

Creativity: Whether writing artfully for a specified purpose and audience, reading deeply between the lines of a challenging text, or developing strategies for acquiring the language in the first place, users of the English language must demonstrate creativity in a range of forms and contexts.

Diversity: Constantly subject to a range of influences – whether personal, social, geographical or otherwise – the English language exists in a range of competing and overlapping forms at any given moment. This extraordinary diversity offers a rich opportunity for analysis, comparison and exploration.

Change: The phonological, morphological, semantic, syntactic and other aspects of the English language are liable to change over time. Students of English language must analyse these changes and explore in detail the factors that drive them.

How is the subject taught at The City School?

TO DEAL WITH SUCH A CHALLENGING CONTENT, we have done an in depth research of English language in socio linguistics, corpus data, old English to modern English, child language acquisition and English in the world. Since this subject is new and the syllabus was changed recently, we explored different awarding bodies such as ORC English Language. The resource material provided by Cambridge includes interactive booklets, marks schemes, example and candidate response booklets.

Students are given topics to do their own research and various booklets containing rich resource have been developed to help students.

 

Importance of the Subject for Higher Studies and University Programmes

A qualification awarded by Cambridge International has world-wide recognition.  This is based on our expertise in curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.  Every year thousands of students with Cambridge International AS & A Levels gain places at leading universities worldwide. They are valued by top universities including those in the UK, US (including Ivy League universities), Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. UK NARIC.  It is important to note that the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge International AS & A Level.  They found it to be comparable to the standard of AS & A Level in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications are accepted as equivalent, to those in the UK.

Cambridge International AS Level English Language makes up the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in English Language and provides a foundation for the study of English Language at Cambridge International A Level. Depending on local university entrance requirements, students may be able to use it to progress directly to university courses in English Language or in some other subjects. It is also suitable as part of a course of general studies.

Qualification to English A and AS Level can also be valuable in gaining entry to universities world-wide who require an additional language as a basic entry requirement.  Additionally, an English AS Level course covers the SAT critical reading and essay question when preparing students for entry to US universities. An AS qualification indicates a student with a good command of the English Language.

The subject is being offered at

Central Region:

A Level Gulberg Campus Lahore, Ravi Campus Lahore, Sialkot Campus

Northern Region:

Capital Campus, Islamabad, Peshawar Campus

Southern Region

PAF Chapter, Gulshan A Level, North Nazimabad A Level, Darakhshan A Level, Jinnah Campus Hyderabad

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