Language analysis articles

Articles suitable for language analysis will be progressively up loaded. 

End of Year exam: In 2008 and 2009, there were just over 1000 words in the analysis pieces (plus picture/graphics). Some of these articles are MUCH shorter than you can expect in your exam, but are useful for quick exercises. The more you do the easier they will become.

Are you doing the right thing?

The exam instructions say you must analyse written and visual language.

Visual language means: photos, graphics, diagrams, cartoons, article layout, logos, computer “buttons”, company names, graphs…  You can be sure that your exam paper will have a visual element.

Written language analysis means that you are analysing the reasons writers have chosen specific words and how the writer expects the  audience to react. You must not paraphrase (repeat in your own words) what the author has said.

The basic “DEER” steps. identify:

Device (technique/metalanguage)

Example (quote from the article; between 1 and 5 words integrated into you own sentence)

(intended) Effect (on the reader)

Result (future behaviour/opinions of the audience)

 More complex analysis will link several devices together eg the teacher’s loud, irritated rhetorical question (device, device, device) “What do you think you are doing?” (example) makes the offending student stop (effect) and behave appropriately (result).

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

Articles 4 and 5. 

 Two articles on the same topic.  This is a format you may find on your exam. The recommended technique is to analyse one article completely and then either use the second article to compare and contrast or analyse it separately.  Constantly swapping back and forth between articles is difficult to structure well.

(There is no particular reason the font is larger on the second article — it is the scanner not the article which has produced this)

Article  6

These two pages sat side by side across two pages of the paper.  This is about the length you might expect on the exam. Can you complete the analysis in an hour?

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