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IGCSE English: Paper 2, Question 2
Transcript of IGCSE English: Paper 2, Question 2
The Great Benefactor
To understand how writers achieve effects
The effect on the reader created by the writer’s words. This effect could be to stimulate our sense of sight, touch, hearing or even smell.
It could be to convey a scene, idea or emotion.
What effect has the writer created?
For question 2, 10 marks are allocated to the assessment of Reading Objective R4
R 1 Understand and collate explicit meanings
R2 Understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes
R3 Select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes
R4 Understand how writers achieve effects
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:
(a) Aunt Peg in paragraphs 2 and 3;
(b) the children in paragraph 5
Select words and phrases from these descriptions, and explain how the writer has created effects by using this language.
2. Reread the descriptions of:
This question is marked for the candidates ability to select effective or unusual words and for an understanding of the ways in which the language is effective.
Expect candidates to select words that carry specific meaning, including implications, additional to general and ordinary vocabulary.
Alternative acceptable choices should be credited.
Mark for the overall quality of the answer, not the number of words chosen.
Candidates are free to make any sensible comment, but only credit those that are relevant to the correct meanings of words and that have some validity.
Candidates could score full marks for excellent comments on three words from each part of the question. Mark and credit what is positive.
Marking Criteria for Question 2: Reading
2B) The writer also uses extremely effective and influential language when describing the children. The children are described as being ‘mournful’ in paragraph five. ‘Mournful’ is a word to describe feelings of sentiment and loss – we associate it with sad images like the loss of a loved one. This use of emotive language once again shows the control and influence the commanding Aunt Pegg has over the children.
Moreover, this disturbing theme is continued in the paragraph as the children are described as being ‘zombies’, suggesting they have a lack of life and soul, and targets which they can work towards. This is effective as it portrays the unhappiness of the children. This image is further supported by the fact that the children are described as ‘uncommunicative’, meaning they physically can’t express their feelings or opinions. Again, this shows the enormity of the authority that Aunt Pegg has over the children.
The response demonstrates a close focus on individual words.
Some of the meanings and attempted effects are rather labored and imprecise, as in the explanation of ‘peering’.
Section (b) is more convincingly expressed, however, and overall there is sufficient evidence of an ability to select relevantly and explain how language works for a top band 2 mark.
Examiner comment – Band 2 (8 marks)