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Glastonbury interview essay plan (2)

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An essay plan for answering the question on a text presented in the A Level English Language exam in January 2010.

An essay plan for answering the question on a text presented in the A Level English Language exam in January 2010.


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  • 1. Audiences Genre:The text is a radio interview exploring Mary’s The main audience of the text is the radio audience experiences of possibly music fans. Another Glastonbury. audience is Nick. A minor audience could be mothers. Purposes: The main Introduction purpose of the text is to allow Mary to share her Mode: The mode of the experiences of Glastonbury text is spoken as it is live. However a minor received via the aural purpose is to promote the channel as shown by festival to the music fans and also to identify if Nick’s description of the Glastonbury is suitable for location e.g. “next to mothers. binbag”.
  • 2. Paragraph 2: Lexis, Register and a two mode features Lexis High frequency monosyllabic lexis. Stuff/fine/loud Register and mode Creates a low register Shows the answers are spontaneous and interactive But features of the written mode used include: Shows Nick’s questions are Low frequency polysyllabic highly planned and possibly lexis: practicalities/discarded/ permanent. Raises the experience register
  • 3. For each paragraph 1. 2. 3. 4. Point Evidence Evidence-Linguistic feature/device Explanation-Link the device back to the point and develop to show a specific view or attitude in the text. How does the participant/writer represent themselves? How do they tailor language specifically for their audience. 5. Mode Feature-How could you link the linguistic feature to a mode feature. 6. Link back to the purposes/audiences.
  • 4. Identify the ideas/attitudes and views in the text-Points section in the paragraph 1. Nick’s view of the weather. 2. Mary’s view of the weather. 3. Baby/children- Baby’s items: pushchair, nappies, baby food. Experience of taking children to the festival. 4. Problems with taking children to the festival. 5. Fatboy Slim-Luke’s view of Fatboy Slim and Mary’s view of Fatboy Slim. 6. Hygiene and Rubbish
  • 5. Spoken Texts Begin with: 1. Lexis and Semantics 2. Phonology-Elision/emphatic stress 3. Other Speech Features
  • 6. Semantic Field Sunny/ dry mud Squally Showers Pretty er Lovely Link to reformulat ion/adjace ncy pair Links weather to festival
  • 7. Point: Mary communicates her feelings of Glastonbury through the weather. Evidence: “and how are you enjoying the experience/erm mixed…if it’s sunny or dry then erm it’s pretty er lovely”. Linguistic Evidence-the above reveals there is a semantic field of weather shown through the lexis, sunny, dry” and Nick’s comment of “squally showers”. Explanation: Mary represents her experience of Glastonbury through the weather which Nick supports with his use of the colloquial lexis “squally”. Mary reinforces the fact that the weather can remove the enjoyment of Glastonbury through the use of the conditional “If it’s sunny” and the use of reformulation as she uses the lexis “lovely” after “pretty”.
  • 8. • Mode Feature: The use of reformulation and fillers reveal that Mary’s responses are spontaneous and highly personal as she is communicating her personal experiences of Glastonbury to Nick and to her music fans who may also be mothers. • This links to the main purpose where Mary is aiming to perhaps communicate her experiences of the Glastonbury festival and specifically in this quote how the weather may change the experience. Also she is possibly implying that having children does not impede upon enjoying Glastonbury but the weather is a bigger problem.
  • 9. Secondary Semantic Field Coffee cups toilet binbag Secondary Semantic field Represents Glastonbury Implies Festival as unhygienic. Supports the audience’s unhygienic. view that it’s unsuitable for families. Dirty nappies
  • 10. Point: Nick represents Glastonbury as unhygienic. Evidence: I’m sat next to a binbag full of dirty nappies. Linguistic Evidence-This quote adds to the secondary semantic field of rubbish as shown by the lexis “nappies, bin bag, toilet, empty bottle”. Explanation: The audience expect that Glastonbury does not have hygiene facilities but Nick opens the interview with a visual description to challenge the audience’s view that mothers cannot attend Glastonbury. Music Fans wouldn’t expect the interviewee to be a mother therefore the use of “nappies” suggests that parents can also attend the Glastonbury festival as the radio audience possibly expect that parents protect their children from unclean environments. It is possible that some members of the audience may disapprove of Mary’s presence at Glastonbury.
  • 11. However Mary challenges this expectation by stating “changing the nappy’s not the problem” and when she implies that the Glastonbury toilets are unclean through the declarative “that‘s probably an advantage”. The use of emphatic stress indicates that she cares about the hygiene of the environment. Mode Feature: The use of emphatic stress illustrates that the text is highly personal especially as Mary is communicating her personal opinions about the hygiene at Glastonbury.
  • 12. Explanation: This simile reveals that the problem is unexpectedly not with hygiene but with the bulky items needed for babies. The simile is also an idiom which exaggerates and so emphasises the problem faced by Mary in terms of travelling at Glastonbury to different concerts. This creates cohesion with earlier comments as Mary states “we couldn’t push it…that made it really difficult”. The emphatic stress on “really” and the use of the simile perhaps creates a secondary purpose of advising parents as Mary could be advising the audience not to bring pushchairs and bulky items to Glastonbury. Mode Feature: The above reveals that the text is highly interactive. However it can be argued that the presence of the radio audience means that the text is not very interactive as they are distant from the interview.
  • 13. Representation of Luke/Baby and Fatboy Slim Luke enjoyed the concert. The baby went to sleep. I liked it I could see that… Interruption Declarative 3 part exchange Mary and Nick challenges the idea that children would not enjoy the festival as well as the idea that the loud noise is unsuitable for small babies as revealed in the three part exchange. In the 3rd exchange Luke uses a declarative “I liked it…
  • 14. Explanation: The above also challenges the view that children do not like the same music as their parents. To enable Luke to interact in this conversation, Nick has interrupted Mary as she does not finish her utterance to question Luke’s experiences possibly to justify to the radio audience that young children can enjoy Glastonbury. Furthermore the fact that Luke is older, Mary emphasises through fillers and implies through Hedges that Luke was more tired than the baby. This again challenges another expectation that loud music doesn’t disturb babies’ sleep as “he just goes to sleep in there”. This represents Mary as someone positive who is aware of her children’s characteristics.
  • 15. This is reinforced when she suggested that she advised Luke to sleep. Older children are therefore shown as being affected more by the concert. Link to Mode Feature: The fact that Nick interrupts Mary identifies that Nick controls the interview and also that he is supporting Mary’s ideas by directly involving Luke. This shows the text is immediate as Luke’s responses are unplanned.
  • 16. Conclusion Overall, the participants have met their purposes… The text does contain some written mode features as it is permanent. Conclusion Although the main topic is Glastonbury other minor topics are represented; Weather/Rubbish/ children Different framworks interlink to create cohesion (with examples)
  • 17. Useful sentences The participant assumes… Another specific concept/idea represented… The specific view of the participant is…. Another attitude displayed is… The participant is implying/indicating….