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    Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language provides learners with the opportunity to study English language and its use in communication. Learners will be encouraged to respond critically to a wide variety of texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts, and to promote skills of communication, reading, research and analysis.

    Through their study, learners will develop an ability to read and analyse material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues. Learners will also develop the skills of writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences.

    The goals and objectives of this course are:

    • to develop a critical and informed response to texts in a range of forms, styles, contexts and audiences
    • to develop the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and research
    • to develop effective, creative, accurate and appropriate communication
    • to develop a firm foundation for further study of language and linguistics.


     Candidates are assessed on their ability to:

    • read with understanding and analyse texts in a variety of forms.
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of English language (including, at A Level, spoken language) and its use in a variety of contexts.
    • write clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes/audiences, using different forms.


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  • The Things They Carried

    by Tim O'Brian Year Published: 1990

    The protagonist, Tim O’Brien, begins by describing an event that occurred in the middle of his Vietnam experience. “The Things They Carried” catalogs the variety of things his fellow soldiers in the Alpha Company brought on their missions. Several of these things are intangible, including guilt and fear, while others are specific physical objects, including matches, morphine, M-16 rifles, and M&M’s candy. Throughout the collection, the same characters reappear in various stories. 

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  • Into the Wild

    by Jon Krakauer Year Published: 1996

    This is the true story of Chris McCandless, a young Emory graduate who is found dead in the Alaskan wilderness in September 1992, when he is twenty-four. McCandless grows up in wealthy Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and is a very gifted athlete and scholar, who from an early age shows deep intensity, passion, and a strict moral compass. After graduating from high school McCandless spends the summer alone on a road trip across the country, during which he discovers that his father secretly had a second family during Chris’s childhood. McCandless returns home and starts as a freshman at Emory, but his anger over this betrayal and his parents’ keeping it from him grows worse over time.

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  • The Book Thief

    by Marcus Zusak Year Published: 2005

    In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life.


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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    by John Steinbeck Year Published: 1939

    Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work.

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  • Catcher in the Rye

    by J.D. Salinger Year Published: 1951

    Catcher in the Rye

    The novel details two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, Holden searches for truth and rails against the “phoniness” of the adult world.

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