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A 10 lesson unit comprising of a 69 slide PowerPoint, 9 different worksheets (including a range of transcripts) exploring the topic of Language and Power and Occupation and a summary terminology and theory sheet.

Each lesson includes a starting discussion prompt which acts as a learning objective, detailed notes on the theories and concepts listed below, a worksheet (with the exception of lesson nine) and activities, and a homework task. The following theories and concepts are covered:

  • Shân Wareing – Types of Power, 1999
  • Pierre Bourdieu – Language and Symbolic Power, 1993
  • Norman Fairclough – Types of power, 1984
  • Erving Goffman – Face-work, 1967
  • Brown and Levinson – Politeness Theory, 1987
  • Howard Giles – Communication Accommodation Theory, 1973
  • Drew and Heritage – Institutional Talk and Inferential Frameworks, 1992
  • John Swales – Discourse Community, 1990
  • Sinclair and Coulthard – IRF Model and Teacher Talk, 1975 and 1992
  • Paul Grice – Cooperative Principle and Gricean Maxims, 1975
  • Almut Koester – Phatic Talk in the Workplace, 2004
  • Judith Baxter – Double-voiced discourse, 2014
  • Janet Holmes and Maria Stubbe – Power and Politeness in the Workplace, 2003 & 2015

There are some references to AQA-style A Level specification questions, but you can adapt these if needs be. These can be found on slides 58-66. Lesson 9 is based on an AQA A Level question.

The final lesson is a consolidation activity complete with guided revision cards. Alternatively, you could use an app such as Quizlet so that the students could produce digital revision resources.

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Last Update: 26th March 2024
Released: 26th March 2024