De compras

Hardly my favourite topic to teach, but this lesson re: opinions on different ways of buying things worked. I’ll explain how I used the attached PowerPoint bit by bit.

  1. The PowerPoint begins with a starter using the Mi Gente song. I just wanted to make sure they know the word “gente” and hoped Beyoncé would be better at getting them to remember this than me.
  2. The photo of El Corte Inglés is part of my routine to get them to describe pictures.
  3. They know PUEDO, so I’m introducing SUELO. I’m making sure they know the main high frequency verbs like QUIERO, PUEDO, DEBO, DOY, etc. They saw SUELO last lesson, so is a recap.
  4. Question slide – ¿Dónde sueles comprar? + ¿Por qué? We worked through this bit by bit to make sure they understood everything.
  5. I then read out three sentences in English which they had to translate into Spanish using the previous slide e.g. I usually shop on the internet because there are more discounts.
  6. We then went through all the reasons why you might shop in a department store or online + decided which they best described.
  7. Worksheet. Match the Spanish to the English + then translation of the phrases.
  8. Reading worksheet. There are three versions of this as my bottom set group is really mixed in terms of ability.
  9. Written task. Styled along the lines of the AQA Foundation Paper 90 word task which my group is getting used to.
  10. Past paper reading exam question. I used the slide to explain the issue of whether online shopping is harming the high street + then they did the reading task.

The homework task is a translation based on language from this and previous lessons. I’ve been teaching them “Diría que” as an alternative to “Creo que ../ Pienso que …”.

RESOURCES: De compras TRANSLATION GCSE into ENGLISH foundation ONLINE SHOPPING TRANSLATION EXERCISE linked to PPT ENTREVISTAS Cómo prefieres comprar ENTREVISTAS Cómo prefieres comprar SEN VERSION ENTREVISTAS Cómo prefieres comprar HIGHER VERSION

GCSE speaking exam – PHOTO CARDS

A quick post to share a PowerPoint. Each slide shows a photo taken from a mixture of exam boards which has been used for the photo card description. I teach bottom sets at the moment for GCSE and I am using the WWWD technique where they describe who, where and what they see + add a description either of a person or the weather. They seem to have found this technique a bit easier to cope with than others I have tried. I have dropped each of the slides into the PowerPoint for their relevant topics so that we constantly practise the technique throughout the course. The PowerPoint below is a compilation of everything I have put together so far. My approach is to show the picture and then run through the WWWD technique with the group to see what they come up with. I have been drilling key high frequency terms such as “hay”, “tiene(n)” etc. which you can see in my examples. My groups do find this activity difficult so the language I have used is fairly simple.

POWERPOINT: PHOTO CARDS2

Franco y el bikini

I h1-1-bnd-bikini-5-cartelave been updating my resources in order to teach the topic of monarchy and dictatorship as part of the A level Spanish course. In doing so I came across a great worksheet on www.spectrumspanish.com titled Franco y el bikini. I was unaware of this story and the short film made a few years ago. I have added this into the attached PowerPoint with some background videos although you will have to go to the spectrumspanish website and buy the worksheet yourself. It’s worth it! Hopefully the other activities on the PowerPoint are self-explanatory although I’m going to work on improving the look of the presentation over the summer.

POWERPOINT: La dictadura de Franco BLOG

GCSE exam style materials

I have made templates for certain exam-style activities which I am using across all topics.Practice-Tests-Questions-and-Answers I am trying to embed awareness of the new exam question types and an understanding of the assessment criteria. I’m posting a few examples which people may wish to adapt. All you have to do is replace the text / photo et voilá. We follow AQA in my school, so the exam criteria are specific to that exam board.

WORKSHEETS: ASSESSMENT FORM Structured Writing task FROM MEMORYGCSE WRITING EXAM FOUNDATION Question 1 PHOTO la playaTRANSLATION GCSE into ENGLISH foundation BEST FRIENDSTRANSLATION GCSE into SPANISH foundation SCHOOL NOW + IN THE PAST

El ‘spinner’, el nuevo juguete de moda en el patio del colegio

This activity is intended to stimulate talk in a lesson. Students are all talking about fidget spinners at the moment and justifying their use. I didn’t realise that so many of my students had attention problems, but there you go.  With the PowerPoint (posted below) I intend to use the first slide to raise awareness of Spanish being a world language + there is a hyperlink to TeleMundo Miami. As we are required to use authentic material as part of the new GCSE I’m trying to look at target language websites as much as possible. On slide 2 the Telemundo report video is difficult, but I will be adding my own commentary to break it down + I will be asking questions such as what the report is about, what the teachers in the report think of fidget spinners, etc. The 3rd slide could be written or spoken. With the 4th slide I want them to give their views on whether the spinners should be banned or not. There are key phrases I want my set 3 Year 10 students to use as part of this activity – “Estoy de acuerdo / No estoy de acuerdo” + I will be asking the students for their views. In my response I will use phrases such as “X dice que el spinner es una distracción. ¿Estás de acuerdo? [asking another student]”. I want to familiarise them with “X dice que …” as it will be useful for them to know and use throughout the course

POWERPOINT: EL NUEVO JUGUETE DE MODA

Getting ready for Literature

I’ve been putting a lot of effort into getting ready to teach the literature element of the new A level. We are going with Como Agua Para Chocolate. In the build up to studying the novel I am going to do some background work on Mexico. The attached resources are the ones I have prepared. I’m not sure that I will use everything as I don’t want to spend too long on this. I will probably use some tasks for homework.

POWERPOINTMEXICO PowerPoint TRADICIONES MEXICO PowerPoint HISTORIA  MEXICO PowerPoint NEW  WORKSHEETS: México worksheet México worksheet HISTORIA La vida cotidiana de los Maya READING GAP FILL EXERCISE video LOS MAYAS Y LOS AZTECAS El Día de Muertos WORKSHEET READING + LISTENING READING Los de abajo MEXICAN REVOLUTION worksheet revolucion mexicana TEXT revolucion mexicana WORKSHEET

La LGBTfobia

Roja DirectaOne of the new topics at A level for languages is that of LGBT rights. There are, of course, resources in the new textbooks which have been produced, but I have created some additional materials. The attached PowerPoint and worksheets focus on homophobia in sports and football in particular. The case of Jesús Tomillero, Spain’s first openly gay referee, is highlighted as well as the rainbow laces campaign. The videos are embedded and should play when clicked.

POWERPOINTLos derechos de los gays y las personas transgénero  WORKSHEETSLa homofobia en el deporte WORKSHEET La homofobia en el deporte VIDEO WORKSHEET READING Sigo recibiendo amenazas cada día