Mr Legowski’s 11xEN1 home learning – due Thursday 13 February

Either referring to the podcast you found for the earlier home learning which was due 3 February (here: or using another, answer the following questions in the box below:

  1. How does the speaker introduce the subject? Is it interesting?
  2. What do we know about his target audience? Is there an assumed prior knowledge of the subject in hand? (This will affect the speaker’s approach and the language he uses.)
  3. How is the narrative structured? How is the topic developed?
  4. What’s the angle? (Does he have one? – Would it be better with one?)
  5. What language does he use to keep the audience interested? Remember, YOU may not be the target audience so keep this in mind.
  6. If there is more than one speaker, how does one speaker’s speech affect the response of the other?

An independent enquirer working at:

  • Grade C will use precise and relevant evidence to ‘back up’ their answers.
  • Grade B will explain how the speaker’s purpose is helped by the way that the podcast is structured.
  • Grade A will analyse how a speaker’s language affects and manipulates his listeners.

By Thursday 13 February, please.

Mr Legowski


16 thoughts on “Mr Legowski’s 11xEN1 home learning – due Thursday 13 February

  1. Rhiannon

    1.) The subject is introduced with:
    “Hello, I’m Mark Radcliffe and welcome to this week’s folk podcast. Coming up in Celtic session-a treat..”
    This opening is fairly interesting because it gets straight to the point of what the podcast features, and the use of the word ‘treat’ suggests that there is something that will most likely appeal to the listeners.
    2.) Clearly from just the opening alone, it would be seemingly obvious to point out that the target is those who are interested in folk music. Also, from the way in which Radcliffe talk about specific bands and musicians, it would seem that the audience should already know of them to understand what is going on, although the things that are mentioned can easily be researched if the audience is suddenly provoked.
    3.) The narrative is not a continuous flow of speech, because there are short intervals of the theme music, featured tracks from artists being interviewed and the interval music. The interval music occurs between the different interviews, as though to make the audience know that the subject/ topic is being changed. The different types of music are distinctive, momentarily before the narrative is resumed, which is a case of Radcliffe talking for some time before mentioning events or interviewing the artist. The topic builds on each other by talking about artists that have recently passed before moving onto events that are in chronological order.
    4.) The angle in this podcast is clearly positive, as Radcliffe has a positive note to his voice when it is appropriate, such as mentioning the recent works, and clearly by sounding excited this will in turn produce a chain reaction because the audience will link to the excitement and suddenly become engaged. When he mentions Seeger’s death, his voice is completely different, full of sadness, which will in turn help to reflect that of the audience. By doing so, he is able to control how the audience will listen to the podcast- moreover it seems that open-mindedness is required.
    5.) The language is fairly laid back and informal, with a lot of information provided for the audience about upcoming events and says things like ‘after this…’ which then keep the audience in suspense and waiting to see what is coming up. Also, he talks to the people in the studio session with him that are being interviewed, and it is a casual manner:
    “Was that just last week?”
    6.) There is definitely more than one speaker, with Radcliffe being the main narrative of the podcast. When speaking to the musicians, he tries to sound positive and tries to provoke this kind of response from them by prompting them with general ‘chit chat’ before asking questions. By doing so, the tone of the interviewee is then more relaxed as they feel confident and soon the formality decreases as the conversations continue. So by Radcliffe being positive, this in turn provokes the guests to let down their guard and be more at ease when talking.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Rhiannon. I like your answer to #6 in particular. One question, though: does your answer to #4 consider the angle taken by the speaker or the tone of the podcast? Question to all students: do you know the difference between the two? A solid grade B answer, which would move up with further analysis and evaluation of the language used.

  2. Alix Hopley

    1. Very briefly at the beginning, only giving the title and names of interviewers. “We are going to be discussing, the errr, Man of Steel movie.” Quite a uninteresting start, although I liked it as it was to the point and not over exaggerated.
    2. I think that there is a prior audience as both people in the podcast are using quite informal language and sound very relaxed, as if they are chatting by themselves. However, they do introduce their full names at the start, this could be for new listeners though. The target audience was probably young men or maybe older men. As the reviewers are both men themselves and the fact that they are chatting to eachother as if it isn’t a podcast implies that men would be able to listen and understand clearly.
    3. At the start of the podcast they are both very too the point and unopinionated about the topic. However, as it goes on the narrative of the podcast flows more and they start to bounce off eachothers points a lot better.
    4. The angle of this podcast isn’t negative, however, isn’t really positive either. “It wasn’t a great movie, it was a good movie, and there is nothing wrong with that.” They tone of the reviewers voice was very cheerful when he said this, however the comment is neither positive or negative.
    5. They use language that a comic reader of superman fan would understand in parts of it. For example, words like ‘prequel comic’ are something that comic readers would understand. They also talk about previous superman movies, comics and things myself or other people may not understand.
    6. There are two speakers in this podcast, I think this is much more interesting to the podcast as for each point made, the other speaker can respond off of what has been said, and it gives the audience two different opinions or confirmation of one opinion. It also makes the whole podcast a lot more fun to listen to as it is more chatty, which also makes it more personal for the listener.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Alix. I like #6 in particular and your comments about how one speaker can respond to the other to make it more informative for the listeners. As for #2, you’re looking for prior knowledge not prior audience. A strong C, which would be improved with more detailed explanation of the structure and specific examples of language.

  3. Ollie

    1: the speaker doesn’t produce the topic very well.
    2:this review is more of an compararsion than and prober review
    3:the writer starts to go in more defth more you get reading the review.
    4:no it doesn’t have an angle it is more of an comparason
    6:no there is just two speakers in this podcast.but they both question and answer.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks for attempting to answer the questions, Ollie. Taken as a whole, your answers are working towards grade C. To secure a C you should ‘use precise and relevant evidence to ‘back up’ their answers.’ Can you do this? Also, you MUST start EVERY sentence with a capital letter.

  4. Piers

    How does the speaker introduce the subject? Is it interesting?
    Quick, think of a dwarf! Any dwarf will do, using this introduces it and gets you thinking strait from the start, and yes it’s interesting because it’s involving you.

    What do we know about his target audience? Is there an assumed prior knowledge of the subject in hand? (This will affect the speaker’s approach and the language he uses.)
    “Quick, think of a dwarf! Any dwarf will do. Get a clear picture in your mind. Got it? Good. So which dwarf immediately sprung to mind? For me it was Gimli” from the start it’s meant to be at a teenage audience because it references to lord of the rings and that was in our generation and we know all about him.
    But then “protagonist” he uses this word and this is quite a complex word and young reader will not know what it means and therefore the podcast says it should be a mature audience like teenager and above.

    How is the narrative structured? How is the topic developed?
    “After being sent on a seemingly easy errand by Lot-Ionan, Tungdil finds himself thrust into the middle of dwarven politics when he is unwittingly put forward as candidate for High King. As Tungdil struggles to reconnect with his roots, evil suddenly overwhelms Girdlegard after one of the mages betrays the rest and brings down the magical barrier that has kept the Perished land at bay. Together with a band of companions Tungdil must set out to forge a magical weapon that can kill Nod’onn, the embodiment of the evil that plagues the land.”
    This is just a brief bit I have taken from the review, and it develops the story in a short verse and it give characters you want to find out more about.

    What’s the angle? (Does he have one? – Would it be better with one?)
    The angle is it is a great book to read” must by book, I haven’t had a life since I started reading this book” using this exaggeration shows that he is saying it’s the best of the best

    What language does he use to keep the audience interested? Remember, YOU may not be the target audience so keep this in mind.
    “hilarious banter between the companions.” Using the word banter suggest it’s aimed at teenagers who like to read and “banter” is a word that the youth use today.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Piers for this C-grade answer. You’ve provided extracts from the podcast to support your comments but the comments themselves are rather under-developed and therefore do not take you beyond a C. Find ways of developing your points in much more detail. Mr Legowski

  5. harriet

    1) The subject is introduced by the theme tune of the show that the podcast is about, because it is aimed at young children the speaker talks with great enthusiasm to engage the young target audience into listening to what he’s saying.
    2) the podcast is on the cebebbies website and is introduced by the cebebbies slogan therefore letting you know straight away who the target audience is; Children. This is also(as I have said) evident through the tone of voice of the presenters.
    3) the topic of the podcast is one of the shows from the channel but converted into a show to listen too, not watch. The topic is explored more through the use of diffenent sound effects to help the children visualise the things they’re talking about.
    4) there isn’t really a specific angle because it’s aimed at such a young audience. This does, however mean it’s possitive because that appeals more to the children and the parents who put the podcast on for them.
    5) a lot of childish language is used to keep the audience engaged with sound effects and the over exaggerated tone of voice, keeps the children interested in what thyere saying. Simple words are used so that they don’t get confused and loose interest.
    6)the two speakers interact with each other both talking about the same subject and agreeing with what the other one has to say.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Harriet. I’d grade this as a C as you have made reference to particular parts of the podcast when making your points. To look beyond a C, you need to consider the structure of the podcast (i.e. how the broadcast develops from the start through to its end – focusing on the most interesting or important points, though) and also make specific connections between examples of language used and the audience & purpose of the podcast. Mr Legowski

  6. mrlegowski

    (From Mary Anne) 1) The podcast is introduced with ‘hey there fellow potterheads’ which immediately is suited for the target audience of Harry Potter fans.
    2) Like I just said, it’s clearly aimed at Potter fans as they are known as potterheads and only Harry Potter fans would really know this.
    3) The topic Is developed by asking different questions that build upon previous points
    4) The angle is clearly very positive and praising the Harry Potter franchise. As the podcast is aimed at fans of the saga, it would be silly to be saying loads of things against it.
    5) The language is casual and informal, words are used that people may not understand if they are not familiar with the books/films for example ‘dementor’ or certain spells.
    6) There are two people and as one is talking, the other will make noises like ‘mm’ ‘hmm’ and say things such as ‘oh yeah definitely’ they will also laugh to make things light heartened and build upon what has been said

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks for this, Mary. You’ve answered all of the questions and provided examples to support your answers so you’ve hit the C-grade criteria for this task. To go beyond a C, however, please refer back to the graded outcomes in my post as well as the comments I have made to other students about their answers. Mr Legowski

  7. Georgia

    1) The podcast was introduced with the line: ‘hello you music lovers out ther, keep tuned in top find out what the hottest tunes are this week’, this is interesting and will create an automatic link to teenagers and young adults, who frequently listen to music

    2) The target audience coul have a wide range of ages, however it would mainly suit the young adults/teens. This is due to it being about the newest and most popular tracks around today. Moreover, the audience would not have to have a prior knowledge of the subject, but it would be more benificial if they knew quite abit about the latest music out, to make it more enjoyable for them as a listener.

    3) The narrative is not a continuous speech, due to there being intervals when the latest tracks are being played. The podcast is mainly moved on by phrases such as ‘and now at number ten it is…’

    4) The angle of this podcast is positive, and contains no elements of negative language within it. The speaker uses a bubbly tone and shows enthusiasm within it, this helps contribute to the positive angle.

    5) The language used to keep the audience interested are phrases such as: ‘get our attention via twitter or facebook’, this also helps to link back to the target audience. The language as a whole is informal and as if they are talking to you as a friend, it is relaxed and easy to connect to.

    6) There is only one speaker, however the person talking talks to the audience and engages them through it.

  8. Jake Robinson

    1) My podcast starts “for the next hour here on radio Wales sport we’ll be lookin ahead to the start of the six nations” and then Iberians to talk about wales’ current situation with there wins for the past two times and that they will be the first ever team to win it three times in a row if they do this
    year. It then replays some of the moments from the past two competitions and talks through them. I hunk that his makes it interesting because it is not just people sat down talking for half and hour.

    2) I would assume that the target audience are going to be rugby fans because is a 54 minute long podcast about rugby. They would already have prior knowledge on what’s being said because they would have watched the games in the past and have a good idea of what they’re talking about.

    3) it is just two people continuously talking and playing clips of their topic. They don’t really pause a lot and parts of it are people that sound like they’ve rung in and the presenter is questioning them.

    4) they seem to have a pretty positive angle towards Wales being able to win the next six nations and what the team have done towards it

    5) they use language that is specific to the sport they are talking about which would keep the audience interested because they would feel an understanding towards what they are talking about and feel more involved in it.

    6) Some questions are asked which would provoke the response from the other speaker(s). When they are talking to people that have rung in, one person was from Ireland and so the speaker would base most of what he was talking about around Irish rugby which would be specific to him and interest him.

  9. Josie

    1) It starts off with an informal introduction which interests the reader and makes them feel comfortable and entertained. The podcast does not directly say ‘we are talking about ” he drops in certain clear phrases throughout which keeps he reader engaged.
    2) The target audience is a wide range of ages. Bu using informal language it engages a younger target audience but he also uses sophisticated words which targets older people.
    3) The narrative is a continuous speech, he carries on with a lady, talking in a informal conversation style with jokes. The topic is developed as the conversation goes on, they talk about the topic in detail by usng their own opinion.
    4) the angle of the podcast is positive there are very little negative options used and when their are they are then backed up with a positive point. The speakers use friendly and bubbly tone in the voice to make the listeners feel comfortable.
    5) The podcast ears use phrases such as ” tweet us on twitter and Facebook”; they repeatedly say it to keep the listener invoked and engage and to force them to tweet them.
    6) there are two speakers, one will provide their opinion and the n the other will either agree or disagree and they will discuss why they do or don’t aggree.

  10. joe dooley

    1) the podcast is informal the whole way through- it is supposed to be humourous, a typical introduction goes like this-

    Ricky: Hello, and welcome back to the first in the third series of the Ricky Gervais Show. With me, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant…
    Stephen: Hello there.
    Ricky: …and the fool, the round-headed buffoon, that is… Karl Pilkington.
    Karl: A’right.

    2) there is no real subject- it is rteally just saying whatever comes to mind. a typical episode will go through several subjects-

    Karl:The flight to Gran Canaria was a bit bumpy, I thought about the clock that counts down you life, again and I wondered whether it would know if you were going to die in a disaster.
    [Ricky laughs] …now, he’s querying his own inventions.
    Ricky: He’s wondering if he’d know… [Ricky laughs]
    Stephen: Er… A fella on the plane was reading Koi Mag. It was a fishing magazine. I glanced over and noticed he was reading the “Pond Of The Month” article… [Ricky laughs] …don’t think they could make it into a weekly magazine.
    Stephen: Well I’ve seen someone on a train reading Carp Monthly, a magazine dedicated entirely to carp. And it had “Carp Of The Month”. And, I remember thinking about three months in, the editor must be stressing, “Have we got anymore carp?”

    in this extract, the subject changes quickly, from a watch that counts down your life to a koi magazine.

    3) as above, there is little development. they move on vey quickly.

    4) it doesn’t have an angle, other than “Karl’s an idiot”, but i think it works quite well.

    5) they make heavy use of slang, to keep the tone informal. the whole point is to entertain, so a formal tone would not suit the audience.

    6) there are three speakers, and they tend to interrupt each other. either they have some genius scriptwriters, or this is all spontaneous.

    Stephen: Went back to the hotel and had a sleep before tea… I love the fact… you’re moaning about old people but you’re just as bad [Ricky, Stephen laugh]
    Ricky: You’ve done nothing so far!
    Stephen: He’s done nothin’ an’ he’s got to have a kip!
    Woke up to news about ducks being badly treated. There was a really ugly one with bent legs. [Ricky laughs]
    Ricky: I’m gonna die! I’m gonna die! Why does he write this down?! Oh, God, oh
    Stephen: There was a fat bloke from Bolton, who is in the pool as I write this. He’s got a big tattoo on his back but I can’t work out what it is… he just got out of the pool and burped.
    Just felt like you had to keep us abreast of that? [Ricky laughs]
    Ricky: Everything’s in the diary! I just want it to get to the point where you go: “Breathed in, breathed out again”


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