Welcome to the English Language Portal. The aim of this portal is to reduce your search time by providing direct access to a wide range of well-chosen sites. These sites have been selected for their relevance to all post-16 English Language courses. They contain high quality materials (essays, transcripts, summaries, worksheets, dictionaries, text extracts, glossaries) for coursework, exam preparation and individual research. There are also valuable resources for those following combined Language and Literature courses.
Divided in sections which are relevant for a variety of examination boards and specifications, the English Language portal is systematically presented and easy-to-navigate:
Coursework guidance - contains advice on academic, research writing as well as examples of students' work.
Exam preparation - contains past exam papers, task sheets and practice papers, textual analysis commentaries and transcripts, texts & extracts for analysis.
Frameworks for language study - contains resources on grammar & syntax, lexis & semantics, graphology, phonology, morphology, stylistics, pragmatics, analysing speech, key theorists and problematic categories.
Sociolinguistics - contains articles and essays on social and ideological issues in language use such as power, gender, occupation, accent and dialect and bilingualism.
Original writing - contains guidance on genre, style, audience & purpose, re-presenting texts for new audiences and technical accuracy as well as examples of writing produced by students.
Language acquisition - contains theories of how children develop speech, reading and writing.
Language change and development - contains information about changes over time and changes in form and meaning as well as social, regional and personal varieties of English.
Please feel free to make suggestions about either developing or fine-tuning this portal.