Here are the tips I have for preparing Language Analysis (also known as Analysing Argument):
- Again, write essays. It is the best approach in utlising your knowledge, applying your analytical skills and developing your writing.
- Know your terminology. Make sure you brush up on the definitions of persuasive techniques. It’s not going to be a tick if you used metaphor instead of simile (I will be blogging about this in the near future because it’s a confused area for many students) or if you use alliteration instead of assonance. These mistakes do happen! Don’t fall trap to them.
- Practice analysing. This goes without saying. If you don’t plan on writing essays, then make sure you at least grab some articles and start analysing. You should have a collection of articles from your teacher and if not, try recent newspapers.
- Learn tones. It may be easy to identify the writer is ‘angry’ but is there a better way of expressing that? Perhaps ‘irritated’ is a better term or ‘vexed’, ‘passionate’, ‘furious’, ‘disgruntled’, ‘outraged, ‘irate’ and the list goes on….Stuck? Have a look at our 195 Tones for Language Analysis.
- Be strategic. Analysing can get messy since you will have annotations sprawled across the article. Try using colour-idea coordination to simplify and clarify. For example, if the article discusses injustice – for all techniques you identify dealing with injustice, highlight it yellow. For freedom, highlight green. This will have you annotating and grouping ideas in one go, saving time and confusion. Another approach is to use colour-technique coordination, where you group same or similar techniques in the one colour.