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Helping Jane Master Language Change in English


Here is a story about ‘Jane’(not her real name )


Jane, a diligent A-Level English language student, came to our center feeling overwhelmed by the concept of language change in English. She hadn't fully grasped the theories and examples, and with exams looming, she was anxious about her ability to perform well. I knew that with the right approach, Jane could master the material and develop the confidence she needed to excel.


Step 1: Understanding the Concepts


Our first goal was to ensure Jane fully understood the concepts of language change. We started by breaking down the topic into manageable segments:

- Historical Development:We explored how the English language has evolved over centuries, discussing key periods like Old English, Middle English, and Modern English.

- Influences on Language:We examined the factors that influence language change, such as invasions, trade, technology, and cultural exchange.

- Examples of Change:We looked at specific examples of phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and semantic changes in English.


I provided Jane with a variety of resources, including textbooks, scholarly articles, and engaging multimedia content. We had interactive discussions and used mind maps to visualize the progression of language change, making complex ideas more accessible.


Step 2: Developing Critical Analysis Writing Skills


Once Jane had a solid understanding of language change, we focused on honing her critical analysis writing skills. I emphasized that it wasn't enough to simply regurgitate information; she needed to apply her knowledge and reflect on the material critically. Here’s how we tackled it:

- Analytical Frameworks: I introduced Jane to different frameworks and theories of language change, encouraging her to compare and contrast them.

- Application of Concepts: We worked on applying these concepts to various texts and contexts, discussing how language change manifests in contemporary examples.

- Personal Reflection:I encouraged Jane to incorporate her reflections and insights into her essays, making her arguments more nuanced and personal.


We practiced writing analytical paragraphs, focusing on clarity, coherence, and depth of analysis. I provided constructive feedback, helping Jane refine her arguments and writing style.


Step 3: Practicing with Past Paper Questions


To build Jane's confidence and exam readiness, we tackled past paper questions in a structured manner. We started with introductions:

- Perfecting Introductions:I showed Jane how to craft compelling and concise introductions that set the stage for her analysis. We practiced until she could write a strong introduction confidently.

- Body Paragraphs:Next, we focused on body paragraphs. Jane learned to structure her arguments logically, supporting them with evidence and analysis. We worked on improving transitions and ensuring each paragraph contributed to her overall thesis.


We went through this process iteratively, focusing on one section at a time until Jane felt comfortable with each part of her essay.


Step 4: Final Preparations and Brainstorming


A few days before the exam, we switched to review and brainstorming sessions:

- Summarization: Jane was asked to summarize the main points of texts quickly, helping her identify key ideas under time constraints.

- Brainstorming: I encouraged her to brainstorm by herself, connecting the text’s main points to her knowledge of language change and the broader context of her studies. This helped Jane reinforce her understanding and ensure she could recall information effectively during the exam.


By the end of our preparation, Jane had transformed from a nervous student to a confident one, ready to tackle her A-Level English Language exam with a thorough understanding of language change, strong analytical skills, and well-practiced writing techniques. Her hard work paid off, and she is expected to perform exceptionally well, showcasing her deep understanding and critical thinking abilities. 


At Raena Learning, we pride ourselves in offering quality personalized learning. For more information, call us on 0721794005/0722519962 or email us RAENA LEARNING CENTRE LIMITED KAREN

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