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on 29 November 2001
This book is brilliant in providing all the information required to get a good high grade at A - level english language.
It's easy to understand and the exercises help you to learn quicker, there is also some exam practice questions that get you used to the style this syllabus offers.
Well worth the money, as its assure thing to recieving your excellent grade.
Reccommend it to all A-level english language students, who are using the AQA syllabus B.
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on 4 July 2005
If you're teaching the AQA Spec B, then this is obviously a book you're going to be buying anyway (possibly in class-sized quantities). However, in common with the sister title for AS, it's not necessarily the very best book for student revision purposes, and despite being as close to an 'official' syllabus-orientated text as you can get, its exercise-&-commentary style often is more skills- than exam-focused. The section on Editorial Writing is essential for students on the course; the other sections are generally okay. The 'Revision Express' AS/A2 book (recently revised) is a better recommendation for most lower ability students, if they're only buying the one revision book, however.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 August 2011
Written by the examiners and paper-setters, this is an ideal companion through the years leading to those two days in the examination room. Knowing passing an examination is as much about knowing what the examiners require, e.g. like moving the head in an exaggerated way to see the rear-view in the driving examination, as well as being intelligent and knowledgeable, it is written to drive home the aspects being searched for in an answer by examiners using a marking scheme to avoid a relatively subjective subject becoming too subjective. Marking English essays and answers is challenging as answers come in all shapes and sizes. Nevertheless, remember that, like a diet regime, the examiners point out that some shapes and sizes are more beneficial to their owners.
There are also inevitable elements of the "chores" in passing these and practice papers, questions and answers are all there but essential.
Recommended but remember examiners are also looking for flair and individuality, but flair and individuality of a particular sort. Like the driving test, once passed, it's possible to drive in any fashion; as mine said as I drove across the pavement corner shortly after being given the ticked test certificate: "It's all right; your certificated and licensed to do that now but you had to pass first!"

PS I was involved in Education for thirty years and know English education intimately. One may be born with Cs but (generally) one has to work for the As.
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on 2 May 2009
I'm in my second year of studying English Language and I'm almost at my exams. This book has just been recommended to me by my teacher and I'm disappointed that I've only just found it, as the information and tasks in the Synoptic Unit (Language Acquistion and Language Change) are very thorough and it looks to be the same standard in the unit on Editorial Writing. I borrowed it from our library and after reading a few pages I just HAD to have one of my own. I'm not an expert on revision guides, but I shopped around and this one was the cheapest (with free delivery - you can't go wrong). I think the book is very well set out (however some of the tables are a little bit difficult to read as they can be spread over a couple of pages; a sentence will start on one page and finish on another), and the tasks are very good - one of the exercises is filling in a table with Halliday's 7 functions of language - it really helped me to learn them all.
There is also a good bit of reading on language theorists and theories and I think that the fact that it is all compiled into one (not too thick) book makes it a must for English Language students. I also think that, for the most part, it is very well set out; there are tables, paragraphs of texts and task boxes, which are usefully highlighted in grey. I don't think it is too hard to read; you can take it in sections and it does not require rapt concentration.
An excellent buy :)
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on 1 March 2009
This text book is great, i'm in my second year of A-levels doing English Language at a UK sixth form.
Recommeneded tome by a teacher who said it would broaden my knowledge of many features of the English Language i thought, great i'll grab one. The price on amazon isn't too expensive, if you hold a part time job or get ema it won't be much of an issue.
The content is great, gives you all the information you will ever need about the subject at A2 however it does flood you with information so if you want an easy to read text book that you can enjoy, i would not advise this ut if you want to pass with flying colours and are willing to slog your way through doing revision questions then this is the book for you.
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