19 Apr 2014

GCSE English Language Exam OCR Comment on Headline and Picture

The full mark answer for the OCR Foundation English Language Paper question on presentation features is below the video. This is just a rough, quick one I put together, but hopefully some of you will find it helpful!





‘Children spend 7 hours a day in electronic life>

The headline states the simple shocking fact children spend a massive ‘7 hours’ online or on computers. This must be almost their entire free time. When the headline says ‘electronic life’ it’s as if these kids don’t have any real life at all.

Words like ‘slavish’ in the sub-headline suggest the kids have become enslaved, they’re not free, and it’s a frightening image, which has ‘alarmed’ experts, which means it must be really bad, as an ‘alarm’ is sounded when there’s danger and experts ought to know how serious this must be.

The image shows someone … yawning, or reaching up in excitement and the laptop is almost as big as she is, which suggests it is more important than her, or it’s taking her over. Her red top makes us think of danger. She’s got no shoes as if she’s going nowhere, and is trapped by the weight of this huge laptop.

The caption highlights the problem of kids being good at texting but not so good in the real world, ‘face to face’, as if they can’t face reality. The cartoon at the end shows a tiny baby, which is kind of shocking especially as the parents look so proud and his first word is written on a computer. He’s not looking at his parents and his teddy is thrown away, in a worrying picture of people who can’t relate to people even at a young age.


The author, , is an Oxford graduate, outstanding-rated English Language and Literature teacher and of ages 10-18 in the British education system. In 2012, she was nominated for Pearson's Teaching Awards. As a private tutor, she raises grades often from C to A. Her writing is also featured in The Huffington Post. She offers private tuition in the Haywards Heath area, West Sussex.