Knowledge and understanding
For Paper 1, you are to comment on one or two unseen texts, you should be able to show an understanding of the context of the text(s), by commenting on the target audience and the purpose of the texts.
For Paper 2, you are to answer an essay question; you must be able to show how the authors of their Part 3 texts have conveyed their ideas to their audiences.
In the Written Tasks, you must demonstrate your understanding of the course work. For Parts 1 and 2 this may be knowledge that relates to the 'suggested topics', supported by reference to the texts studied in class.
In the Individual Oral Commentary, you are expected to show your knowledge of a passage taken from a Part 4 text. You should be able to place their text in its context.
During the further oral activity, you will show their knowledge of one or more texts from Parts 1 and 2. This knowledge should relate to a suggested topic. Your performances should aim to meet the learning objectives for these parts.
Appropriate presentation and language
On Paper 1, you are expected to organize their analysis coherently. You should express your ideas in an appropriate register.
On Paper 2, you will have to develop an argument and use formal language to show your points.
The Written Tasks allow you to explore a great range of registers and use of language, as every text type is different.
In the Individual Oral Commentary you will have to use express your ideas coherently and effectively, using a register that is suitable for a formal commentary.
Even though the Further Oral Activity can take on different forms, there should be a clear sense of organization and appropriate use of language.
Application and analysis
One of the main questions that runs through this course is 'What is the effect of this language on its audience?' You should provide an answer to this question in the Paper 1 analysis of one or two texts.
As you answer an essay question on Paper 2, you will have to comment on the language and style of your Part 3 texts.
After having studied various stylistic and structural elements, you are expected to apply this knowledge by imitating a form of writing in your Written Tasks. You may write an opinion column, a letter, a diary entry or another text type to show your understanding of this skill. In the Written Task 2 , you are expected to comment on the use of stylistic devices in a text studied.
During the Individual Oral Commentary, you are also expected to analyze the use of stylistic devices in one of your Part 4 texts.
Similarly, the Further Oral Activity provides you with the opportunity to engage in the analysis of texts.
Synthesis and evaluation
Synthesis is the process of extracting the main ideas of a work at creating something new, such as an analysis. You must compare and contrast texts in the Paper 1 exam, which is an example of synthesis.
On Paper 2 , you will have to synthesize the main ideas of your Part 2 texts in order to draw connections between these texts.
Similarly the Written Task 2 asks you are to synthesize the main ideas of a given text. You will have to evaluate the purpose of a particular text.
In the Individual Oral Commentary, you will have to make a synthesis of the key elements of a text and evaluate its purpose as well.
The Further Oral Activity should also be rooted in primary sources, so that you can make a synthesis of one or more texts and examine conflicting viewpoints on these texts.