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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #90 on: November 11, 2017, 11:12:43 pm »
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Is it likely that we'll be given an extract from a short story to write an analytical commentary about? There doesn't seem to be much to write about for File 5 (A Double Buggy at Lahey's Creek) from the Lingofile workbook.

Short stories are unlikely for Section B's (never seen them in a practice exam before), but you never know? I have seen some practice exams with short stories to analyse for Section A though.

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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #91 on: November 14, 2017, 03:50:48 pm »
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Thanks syubi!

Any predictions for Thursday's essay topics?

I'm guessing there'll be one on taboo and swearing, positive and negative face needs, and how social changes have shaped Australian English. However, knowing the relative difficulty of the exams so far this year, I have a feeling the essay topics are going to be really specific and hard to write about. 

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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #92 on: November 14, 2017, 06:29:07 pm »
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Hey everyone!
I am really nervous for the exam since my biggest issue (my teacher told me) is not being able to understand what the essay topic is asking of me and going off topic...Another issue of mine is that my clarity is not that great, English is my 2nd language :(
So does anyone please have any helpful tips for Thursday?
I would deeply appreciate the help! I really need to go well in this exam :(



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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #93 on: November 15, 2017, 01:32:28 am »
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are we allowed to use stimulus from other essay topics as quotes without being penalised?

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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #94 on: November 15, 2017, 08:58:27 am »
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are we allowed to use stimulus from other essay topics as quotes without being penalised?

Yeah! I definitely do this sometimes and it's pretty sneaky ahaha
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #95 on: November 15, 2017, 01:24:45 pm »
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Hi does anyone know if it is essential to include linguist quotes? Will they penalise you if you do not include any?

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« Reply #96 on: November 15, 2017, 01:49:25 pm »
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Hi does anyone know if it is essential to include linguist quotes? Will they penalise you if you do not include any?

I believe that to be high-scoring you need both quotes and examples 
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #97 on: November 15, 2017, 06:10:16 pm »
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Hey guys,

Does anyone have any sort of idea what grade II should be aiming for on the exam tomorrow to get a raw of 30, I'm really desperate and screwed for Section C :'(
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #98 on: November 16, 2017, 10:51:22 pm »
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It's a bit late to say this but you definitely do not need linguist quotes to full mark an essay. It's not on the criteria unlike contemporary examples. I personally did not include linguist quotes because my essays were already long enough. However, linguist quotes definitely do add weight to your arguments in my opinion.
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #99 on: January 12, 2018, 11:43:41 am »
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Hi everyone,

Could I just ask, can we use contemporary examples from the American Context, obviously not for the essay topics that ask for the Australian context and identity, but what about for topics relating to swearing or taboo?
For example, could I talk about Trump swearing in a recent tweet or any media release?

Or does every single example have to be Australian?

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« Reply #100 on: January 12, 2018, 12:47:08 pm »
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Hi everyone,

Could I just ask, can we use contemporary examples from the American Context, obviously not for the essay topics that ask for the Australian context and identity, but what about for topics relating to swearing or taboo?
For example, could I talk about Trump swearing in a recent tweet or any media release?

Or does every single example have to be Australian?

Thanks a lot guys! :)


Well if it says anywhere in the prompt, “in the contemporary Australian context”, then all your examples should be contemporary Australian examples, regardless of the essay topic. However, in some cases it can be quite challenging to find Australian examples, such as when you’re discussing teenspeak, which isn’t really confined to a nation as such. Therefore to weave around this issue, I just used a linguistic convention in an Australian context (e.g. ‘Clive Palmer is one thicc bih’ vs just stating ’thicc’ as your example).

Now, in the situation you have posted, the Trump thing wouldn’t work, and consequently would culminate in the loss of marks. So in this scenario, you simply need to find another (contemporary Australian) example, especially because it’s not too challenging to find one for swearing since dysphemistic language is quite prominent within Australian English. For example, the 'F*uck Fred Nile case’ or ‘CUintheNT’ are pretty good ones, but I think they’re a bit dated for you to use, so something similar which is more recent would work.

Hope this helps!  ;D
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2018, 12:54:33 pm »
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Hi everyone,

Could I just ask, can we use contemporary examples from the American Context, obviously not for the essay topics that ask for the Australian context and identity, but what about for topics relating to swearing or taboo?
For example, could I talk about Trump swearing in a recent tweet or any media release?

Or does every single example have to be Australian?

Thanks a lot guys! :)


Hello!

The best way to use these examples is when comparing them to usage in Australian English related to similar contexts. So for taboo, while American English has this, Australian English has this, or supports this, or has this idea. Remember, essay topics commonly ask you to write using 'contemporary Australian examples' or they imply it in the question stem through phrasings like 'In Australia today'. Although, if you see that your chosen question doesn't imply this, then I think it's safe to use relevant American English examples (maybe just avoid using them predominantly - Aus. examples are always the best).

For our school, it was highly recommended to stick to Australian examples, although many of those who scored highly got away with using American examples. It might be different for your school, so ask your teacher to confirm this.

Also, just like mtDNA, I often used linguistic examples with reference to the Australian context, even if their origins are in America. For example, an Australian Youtuber using a certain slang term or an Australian instagram account incorporating such and such.
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2018, 02:39:12 pm »
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Thanks a lot mtDNA and cookiedream ! :)
You've made it clear for me now! :)
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #103 on: January 27, 2018, 05:07:17 pm »
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Hi guys!
Just wondering on how to properly structure/group together the body paragraphs for an analytical commentary. I'm not sure on the whole 'topic' for the whole body paragraph and what is appropriate to talk about. For example, is it okay to have a body paragraphs on the following points: spontaneity of the conversation, register of the conversation and then the relationship between interlocuters?

Thanks!
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Re: English Language Question Thread
« Reply #104 on: January 27, 2018, 05:55:49 pm »
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Hi guys!
Just wondering on how to properly structure/group together the body paragraphs for an analytical commentary. I'm not sure on the whole 'topic' for the whole body paragraph and what is appropriate to talk about. For example, is it okay to have a body paragraphs on the following points: spontaneity of the conversation, register of the conversation and then the relationship between interlocuters?

Thanks!
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