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Comparing media texts

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sniffy, 5 Jun 2006.

  1. sniffy


    Joined: 12 Dec 2003

    Posts: 8,142

    Location: East Sussex

    Alright fellas

    I got my GCSE English re-take tomorrow so I've been doing some revision on past test papers (Damn AQA for not publishing paper 1). I feel I've got a good grasp of the poetry and media texts but one aspect of the exam is troubling me a bit.

    How shall I properly approach comparing texts? I know comparing something is simply stating similarities and differences but perhaps someone with experience (An AS English student ideally) with comparing media texts could elaborate?

    I did actually talk to my English teacher today but completely forgot to ask him about this specifically so I do apologise, I know I should be asking him this. I know this is a really boring thread but I'd so appreciate some opinions on this.

    Cheers :)
  2. daz


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 23,971

    Location: Bucks

    Remember to back up absolutely every point you make with a quote. :o
  3. Meatball


    Joined: 12 Jun 2005

    Posts: 6,268

    Location: St Albans

    I'm doing my GCSE english Language to. Anyone got anymore useful info?
  4. Takhisis

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,887

    Location: Portsmouth, UK

    Or two quotes highlighting what it is you are pointing out/comparing/differences/etc

    Remember to relate and refer back to the initial question.

    Erm...its been too long since I did this stuff :o My brain doesn't want to work - sorry :o
  5. Arcade Fire


    Joined: 26 Jan 2005

    Posts: 5,426

    Location: Cambridge

    Relate it to terrorism and/or immigration and you should be fine.
  6. FreeStream


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,319

    Same \o/
  7. sniffy


    Joined: 12 Dec 2003

    Posts: 8,142

    Location: East Sussex

    I'm aware of using quotes to back-up a point.

    Why the rolling eyes smiley?


    Thanks Takhisis, pointers like that are handy.

    By the way good luck everyone!
  8. Mattus


    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 10,911

    Location: London

    I'm an A2 EngLang student.

    Might wanna compare:

    * graphology (fonts, how it's laid out)
    * lexis (words used)
    * register (formal or informal)
    * grammar (self-explanatory)
    * pragmatics (hidden meanings)
    * discourse (how the text is structured)

    Good luck :)
  9. ballistic


    Joined: 15 May 2006

    Posts: 2,278

    yes, you spell it 'too' not 'to'
  10. sniffy


    Joined: 12 Dec 2003

    Posts: 8,142

    Location: East Sussex

    Great help. Thanks a lot Mattus :)