IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – online article

Article: Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa’s quotes are lost in translation

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/sep/13/manchester-united-shinji-kagawa

Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for your DP Language A Language and Literature assessments: the individual oral, the HL essay, or Paper 1 and analyze it accordingly. (This text would not be appropriate for Paper 2).

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • The text type – it has elements of a news story and blog
  • The accompanying photo which shows Shinji Kagawa with a slightly less than pleased expression
  • Paragraph length
  • The amount of background detail / information given about Japanese language and culture
  • References to football / soccer and what these references tell you about the typical reader (e.g it is assumed that the reader knows what “Old Trafford” is)
  • The author’s use of the first person

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