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About a third of your Speaking and Listening marks are for the Spoken language study.

Spoken language study

The Spoken language study is all about understanding how we speak. It looks at the way culture and identity is reflected in the way we use language. It also looks at how our language changes with society and new technologies.

Your assessment will be a response to the use of spoken language – whether it was you or someone else speaking. You might be asked to analyse the spoken language of a public figure, or to compare two transcripts of spoken language.

Examples of spoken language are all around you. Everything should be based on real-life conversations. You need to keep a record of the kind of words you hear and then analyse your data as you would any other text. Depending on your exam board you will use a recording, a transcript or your notes and memory.

Studying spoken language requires four different skills:

  • Listening to how we speak
  • Capturing data
  • Understanding different contexts
  • Considering the impact of social change and technology

The ways in which spoken language changes depends on who is speaking, who they’re talking to and what their purpose is, just like in written language. This is a chance to look at up-to-date and real-life examples of language.

Back to Spoken language study index

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