Introductory understanding of the contextual factors and the way our
language is influenced by them
Using the IPA (international phonetic alphabet)
Introducing the contextual factors (mode, field, function, audience)
Sorting according to levels of formality
Shopping conversations – which retail chain are we in?
Assumptions and stereotypes
Your coursework task in English Language will be to produce two texts at the level of a professional writer. There are three stages to your transition task:
Stage one: read two magazine articles of your choice carefully. One should come from a 'chat' magazine (e.g. OK, Take a Break, Heat, Closer etc.) and one from a more serious magazine (e.g. Marie Claire, Vogue, Men's Health, GQ, etc.). Annotate the magazine articles in detail showing how the writing style is different in the two magazines.
Stage two: re-write both articles but in the style of the other magazine. This means you use the material in the articles, but shape it for the new readers. Remember to change the headlines too!
Stage three: now write a commentary which explains the language choices you made. This should be no longer than 500 words. In it you should outline the choices you made in terms of formality, lexis (word choice) and grammar to make the two articles sound authentic for the new readers.
USEFUL RESOURCES TO COMPLETE THIS TASK:
Visit this webpage, read the articles, access the guides and listen to the podcast:
OTHER PREPARATORY WORK:
Access and read/watch the following articles: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/06/language-fashion-weather-speak 3. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/22/brain-swearing-children-study-timothy-jay http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-483511/I-h8-txt-msgs-How-texting-wrecking-language.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h79V_qUp91M