EMC CPD Online: AQA A Level English Language: Analysing Language Discourses (Twilight 14.12.21)

Course content

This short course, aimed at teachers of the AQA English Language A Level, is designed to help you teach the Language Discourses part of the course (Paper 2 Section B) confidently and with fresh ideas. Taking some recent texts about language as starting points, we will explore analytical approaches informed by linguistic theory, discuss the bigger picture and the small details, consider links between texts and wider language debates and think about developing varied classroom approaches.

In this session you will:

  • Focus on new and up-to-date texts about language
  • Discuss what ‘language discourses’ are and where they come from
  • Consider linguistically-informed approaches to discourse analysis
  • Develop classroom resources that avoid joyless, relentless text analysis.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.
  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only.


  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, any resources used on the course and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on www.englishandmedia.co.uk
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor: Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton is an education consultant at the EMC and specialises in English Language work at A Level and language education across the secondary curriculum. He has been a teacher of A Level English for over 20 years, senior examiner and moderator for an awarding body and is author/editor of many books for A Level English Language, including ones for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press & Routledge, as well as publications for EMC and NATE. Dan has worked closely with many universities to help develop links between A Level and HE, worked as a research fellow at UCL and runs the EngLangBlog site and @EngLangBlog twitter account. He has also taught Media and Film Studies and is Associate Editor of MediaMagazine

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 10th December, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

  • To book a place on this course, first sign into your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  • Click 'Book online' (right-hand column) and fill in the name and email address of the person attending the course. The joining information and post-course email will be sent to this address.
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  • Please note: courses are designed to be watched by one participant only. If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket.
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  • Your email with all the information you need to join the session will be sent out on Monday 13th December. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email courses@englishandmedia.co.uk.

This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.


Incredibly useful and practical in the guidance given to help students understand the concept of discourses (which they often struggle to understand). The materials and PowerPoint are really clear and smooth, and Dan's presentation of the course content was incredibly clear and helpful.

Hope Treadwell, Walton High on Analysing Language Discourses for AQA AL English Language, December 2020

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