Critical Language Analysis Tricks

VCE English students often find language analysis’ the most tedious and difficult part of the study design. Language analysis’ aim to assess students abilities in identifying arguments and the use of persuasive arguments in external texts. Below are a few small but highly important tips to boost your marks and quality of your analysis!



The easy part of a language analysis is finding the arguments and identifying the techniques. However, what examiners use to differentiate an A student with an A+ student is their analysis on the likely reader reaction. Ask yourself – who is the target audience? Using the techniques, what reaction do you think the author wants to instil in readers?



When student list techniques and the likely reader reaction, words such as ‘instill’, ‘evokes’, ‘argues’ are all great but only in small quantities. Go and search online at and create a list of synonyms and remember a few. The variety of vocabulary will add that touch of sophistication in your piece. Check out here, here or here for a quick and easy word bank! 


Source: Herald Sun



VCE English requires students to write three pieces. We recommend in your 15 minute reading time is to read the excerpt first, then in between plan and look at the other two pieces, then in the last 5 minutes, go back to the language analysis and start searching for techniques and arguments. Once reading time is over, we highly recommend you start the language analysis first as the reading is fresh in your mind and you can immediately note/highlight techniques before you forget them.

These are just some of the many simple tips, we at Bright Spark emphasize to our students. For more information on how we can help you excel in your English exams, please refer to our site information to book a trial with us with your qualified Academic tutors at Bright Spark Watsonia!  

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