The attached resources are all linked to developing comprehension skills – GCSE Higher Level reading, in particular. The focus is on raising awareness of the different types of exercise that occur, albeit this can change from year to year although use of inference, distractors, synonyms etc. will always appear whatever the form the task takes. The context here is health and diet although the initial slides can be taken and used for anything esp. as we have moved away from topic based teaching to a more grammar and skills development approach. Hope these are of help + I’m hoping to get back to posting more resources this year which is something I really enjoy – time permitting!
RESOURCES: READING Un vegano VIDEO transcript VEGANISMO Advanced vocabulary COMIDA BEBIDA GCSE HIGHER fill the gaps HIGHER LEVEL READING exam style tasks READING MASTERCHEF READING TL answers GCSE EXAM STYLE
In line with my earlier post on GCSE listening skills for the AQA examination, I am posting examples of question types for the reading exam. Popular questions types are “question and answer” where you need to understand the question being asked as well as the response – these usually take the form of questions based on a questionnaire; Present/Past/Future identification; and gap fill where grammatical awareness as well as vocabulary knowledge are key. In line with the listening exam, students need to be aware of distractors, synonyms, word families and negatives as well as skills such as inference and understanding that the answer may not be a word in the text.
RESOURCE: SKILLS types of READING questions
When working on literary texts I have also been using song lyrics as well as poetry. The benefit of song lyrics is that you will often get an accompanying video which provides a wealth of cultural references. Attached is a worksheet relating to part of the lyrics to Rosalia’s Malamente.
PS. Undivé = Dios / divino
WORKSHEET: Malamente READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation SONG BY ROSALIA
If you follow the AQA GCSE board, the following may be of use. I have put together similar exercises from all of the GCSE higher listening materials we have to date. There are some types of exercise that are repeated e.g. news item comprehension, past/present/future, inference, etc. I have grouped them together and I will be working through them soon with my group. Strategies like looking out for distractors are well known, but inference esp. answering when the words are not provided are more difficult and need some practice. The fact that similar exercise types have appeared in all papers so far is no guarantee that this will happen this summer, but the strategies in coping with distractors, tenses, inference, answering in the target language etc. will still be there.
When using the resources, the transcript part should be hidden. I’m getting the students to fold the paper.
RESOURCES: SKILLS types of listening questions PowerPoint – COMPREHENSION skills LISTENING
Attached is a booklet listing all vocabulary for both EdExcel and AQA GCSE. This version is for Higher Level GCSE. It’s an immense thing, but we have copied it and asked students to keep it at home for revision / independent learning.
BOOKLET: VOCABULARY BOOKLET 2018 HIGHER 31.10.18
The resources attached are from a lesson I taught recently. The topic was “Festivals” and I have been working towards a Higher Level GCSE 150 word writing task where one of the bullet points asks the students to write about a festival they would like to take part in.
There was a listening activity in the PowerPoint which I have deleted as it was based on audio from VIVA. I used the transcript to create an activity where the students heard the audio, but my transcript had replaced many words with synonyms and other verbs taken from the High Level Verbs sheet.
The lesson was taught a few days before the Day of the Dead in Mexico, hence the reference in the PowerPoint.
POWERPOINT: una fiesta en casa HIGHER RESOURCES: SAN FERMIN reading grades 7+SAN FERMIN reading grades 5 6VERBS San Fermin lesson TEST SHEETVERBS San Fermin lesson ANSWERS