All current A level specifications include 'Communication and Quality of Language' within their assessment objectives. Students are expected to organise and present ideas and statements in a clear, logical, concise and appropriate form. When writing continuous prose, the quality of language used is also assessed, that is the clarity of expression, their structure and presentation of ideas and their use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
When reading and responding to written materials, students should:
- select and read appropriate materials
- extract and collate the necessary information from text and images
- summarise coherently the information obtained from different sources
When producing written material, students should:
- include accurate and relevant information in a suitable format
- select and use images to illustrate points clearly
- organise material coherently and use as appropriate style of writing
- check that text is legible and ensure that the meaning is clear
- use standard conventions of spelling, punctuation and grammar and present arguments clearly and logically
Tips on how to improve communication skills
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N.B. Taking an active part in class discussion and trying to ask questions is an extremely effective way of developing logical thought processes - essential for good communication. Aim, initially, for one question per lesson and gradually build up your confidence; after a while it will not seem as daunting!