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Published: 10/07/2019
KS4 | Reading | Writing
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AQA English Language Paper 1 tips

A hint and tip sheet handy for revision for the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 examination. Includes suggested timings, advice on individual questions and revision strategies. Please note that these are all suggestions from our English teaching writer, and have not been written by AQA. 

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Question 2

How does the writer use language to …?

You will look at a small section of the same extract and have to consider how the writer’s choice of language technique has created a specific impact on the reader. As a reader, think about the overall tone that is created in this section.

Below are some potential words to describe the overall tone:

  • optimistic
  • honest
  • aggressive
  • naïve
  • sympathetic
  • tense
  • admiring
  • sarcastic
  • anxious
  • violent
  • passionate
  • exciting
  • uneasy
  • intense
  • powerful.

Highlight any words/phrases that create this overall effect. Remember to stick to specific quotations. Choose a maximum of three quotations that you have highlighted to focus on in your response.


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carol kelly
carol kelly
very useful thank you
Posted on 11th October 2019

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