GCSE AQA vocabulary Summer 2022

As we are being told that the exams in the summer 2022 will focus on the vocabulary listed in the specification along with words derived from these, we can work on getting al of our students to learn this language. The attached booklets are nothing special. They list the vocabulary as it is presented by the exam board AQA, but each section has a total and Excel spreadsheets are also attached which can be used to create Quizlets, etc. We are running competitions between groups and making pre-learning a large priority. I hope these may be of use.


I have put together some worksheets on suffixes and prefixes to help students work out patterns of words. It is aimed at GCSE students, but I guess that it can be adapted to pretty much any level. The worksheets can all be split into smaller units and dropped into lessons rather than covered all in one go.

Apologies for the multiple “f” in the file names!

GCSE Reading Comprehension

I have put two reading comprehension booklets together based on similar types of questions that have been appearing in the AQA GCSE exams. Skills are the key focus of the booklets, but it is good for students to experience different forms of questioning used in the exams. I have been working on a PowerPoint to accompany the Foundation version as I only have Foundation groups this year. This is saved in the same area below, but it is very much work in progress and will improve as I work through. Please note that all of the exercises in the booklets are taken from past papers and could include material you may could be using for assessments. You would need to remove those sections. Beware!

READING BOOKLETS: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pOn6dFPXdQbpKQN5nANqcdc8cVRZUlng?usp=sharing

Los pronombres

My A level students often struggle with pronouns in Spanish – direct, indirect and prepositional. Although we have covered all of these and done practice work, I have made the attached guide to draw everything together. I thought that going through all of this in one go could be a bit much. Sometimes I see them losing the will! So, I have split it up with a speaking activity in the middle discussing the use of pronouns in the trans community. Seems relevant and provides some necessary speaking practice.

RESOURCE: GRAMMAR Guide to Spanish pronouns

The imperfect subjunctive

I have covered the imperfect subjunctive with my Year 13 students, but it is an area which still causes some difficulty. To support them I have put together the attached booklet. The imperfect subjunctive is something I want them to incorporate into their discursive language esp. in their individual research topics for the speaking exam and they also need to look out for it in the translation into Spanish in the summer exam. So, with this in mind the attached resources has emerged + I hope it will be of use to some other people.


The attached resource is something I have put together for my Year 13 students to quickly revise SER + ESTAR. They are quite good at this now, but I want them to start incorporating some idioms etc. into their language. This element of grammar frequently appears in translation into Spanish work, so it’s always worth revisiting.


Translation into Spanish (A Level)

Thanks to a comment on the blog I have been reminded that I was going to post a booklet on translating from English into Spanish (A level AQA). As there is very limited space left on this blog, I have posted it on the TES site – for free. It is based on past paper translations as well as those from the specimen papers. The AQA way of dealing with translation into Spanish does require a bit of technique and practice esp. using the text provided successfully. Hope this is of use.

LINK TO BOOKLET: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-translation-from-english-into-spanish-aqa-12372954

Dictadores latinoamericanos – Pinochet

Guerrero, Una Vida, Muchas Batallas (Warrior, One Life Many Battles) is a short film covering the life of Manuel Guerrero Ceballos and his son also called Manuel (Guerrero Antequera). Manuel Guerrero was the head of the Teacher’s Union in Chile under Pinochet. Along with two others, Manuel Guerrero was murdered in what became known as Caso Degollados (Slit-throat Case). Stories like these are powerful and I wanted to use the film trailer so my students could see the impact of dictatorship at a family level. I could probably develop this further, but for the moment I have made two translation tasks which can be downloaded below.


Suffixes + some revision (las personas transgénero)

I have been putting things together so that I can do revision of topics that were covered during lockdown – I will want to pop back to some of them as we move through the first term. One part of this is a resource based on an interview with the Venezuelan trans producer ARCA. I have also taken the opportunity to take a look at suffixes in Spanish. When you see the resources you will see how I have shoehorned that in!

WARNING – You may not want to show too much of the video. I’m only showing the bit up to where the lyrics end on the worksheet.

POWERPOINT: You can download the PPT from the TES resources website – the file is too large for this blog + I’m still saving up to pay for more space on here. I’m halfway there!