Written Mode- English Language

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Year 11 English Language
Unit 1, Assessment Task 2:
Report – Language in Urban Environments
Written Mode
Introduction
Communication is a tool with which we exercise our influence on others, bring out changes in our and others’ attitudes, motivate the people around us and establish and maintain relationships with them. Communication forms a major part of our life and is a social activity. This social activity is pursued verbally through speech, reading and writing or non-verbally through body language. The focus of this report will be mainly on written side of communication. The written mode is significant part of communication, as it offers great advantages, especially in an urban environment, where it can convey its message more effectively than other modes such as oral or physical (body language) through the use of eye catching banners and shady graffiti art to bold historical quotes and digitalised advertising. It can be said that written mode is an innovative activity, as it generally requires more planning and preparations, is static and permanent and generally more valued in society (cont. in discussion). Our research in this field was unfortunately very limited due to the time frame provided; however, we did obtain a variety of results (Road signs, memorial plaques, advertisement billboards .etc.) and will be focusing on these in our report. (Please Note that we did not record any examples of spoken language therefore this report will only focus on the written side of communication). -------------------------------------------------

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Methodology
This research task was conducted on the 13th of March 2012, from 0900 hours to1320 hours (approx.) in a group of 3 under a partial supervision of Ms Banaag (majority of this task was conducted independently). The research and the collection of data for this task were done throughout the day and information was gathered from a variety of sources. The exact range of data that we collected is as follows: * Road Signs

* Instructions and Directions
* Personal and Public messages (Note: We believe these were written by individuals and not endorsed by a corporation) * Plaques with historical facts
* Advertisements
* Food Menus
* Welcome messages
The data was collected through the means of photography (Please note that not all images were used in this task due to the limitations on the word limit). Images were taken of various examples of written mode and are included in the report to further construct the contention. Examples of Images taken for this research task:

Fig.1B “Welcome to Chinatown”. Located at the entrance of Chinatown. Fig.1B “Welcome to Chinatown”. Located at the entrance of Chinatown. Billboard advertising a property. Also, graffiti art can be seen in the background Billboard advertising a property. Also, graffiti art can be seen in the background Fig.1A

Results & Discussion
Importance of Written Mode
The characteristics of written mode play a very important role in our daily lives, from e-mails to road signs; without the ability to record information in a written format, we would not be able to store lengthy and complex information and records of past events. It assists us even in the most basic ways, for example- What if road signs used the spoken mode of communication to send across its message? Imagine providing hundreds and thousands of people the same information repeatedly. It would be tedious and unreliable. Instead we use written road signs to instruct drivers of the rules they must follow on the roads or the direction of their travel. Written mode saves time when a large number of people must be contacted as it more reliable than oral communication, particularly when providing lengthy data due to the static and permanent nature of written language. The advantages of this mode of communication are endless. It plays a major part in the recording of...
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