As lots of students are embarking on the Language Investigation part of the Non-Exam Assessment, I thought it might be handy to pick up a few points which I think will be important. You can't ask huge questions about language or try to prove or disprove an established theory about language use.
The Language Investigation is unlike anything you have done before (unless you've done an EPQ) and it's not an essay or an analysis, but probably the closest thing to a university dissertation that you will do at this level. Big ideas aren't a problem - and we'd encourage you to think big on most of this course - but in a language investigation you will need to pinpoint your questions and be really specific.
Is there something you do outside college - playing/coaching a sport, online gaming, working, reading a certain genre of books/graphic novels/magazines, TV/films that you are obsessed with - that you can investigate linguistically?
Some of the very best investigations come from things that students are really interested in. Are there any approaches or methodologies that you can learn from?
Select the most useful data and explain that selection in your methodology.
That doesn't mean that you select the data to fit a preconceived idea of what you will find, but that you consider carefully how much data you need, what type and the context of that data.I am going to use the contents page from each magazine.This will give me a clear representation of what articles or areas the magazine is using to aim at its audience, I can also analyse the use of dynamic and stative verbs.Ideally, the topic should be something that you feel you can invest a bit of time and energy in.Is there an area of the course so far that you've found particularly interesting?Read around your topic You should aim to find out as much as you can about the area you are investigating. Use the textbooks, student handbooks and emagazine archive for ideas.Narrow down your research questions and think of realistic aims and/or hypothesis You might start with a fairly broad question that you want to answer.You will probably have the best part of 6-8 weeks to work on this project from beginning to end so it has to be something that floats your boat.If you can't think of an interesting project of your own, check the list here or the ideas here.they are both projected to the same demographic audience with the exception of gender.I am going to use the autumn 2012 issue of Women’s health and the September 2012 issue of Men’s health.