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!
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.
RESOURCE: SER + ESTAR
I’m not normally one for promoting companies via my blog, but ….. A few months ago we had a theatre group come in to perform to our Year 10. It was great! We will have them in again. However, what is even greater (!) is their venture into making films for language learning. Years ago we used to have some great things produced by the BBC and Channel 4 for leaning Spanish (Aventura vascas, etc.), but they have all disappeared. Now the same company that does the theatre productions is making films which I think are great. Their website is www.onattifilms.com. We are about to take out a subscription + plan to embed some of the resources into our schemes of learning.
As I explained in a post a week or two ago, we are trying to prepare our Year 11 students for their A level studies from September. We are putting together transition packs, but are doing this in two phases. Attached is the work I have created for phase 2. I really want to get the balance right between engaging them to do some work and pushing them beyond GCSE while at the same time not putting anyone off taking the subject! Not sure whether I’ve managed it here, but you can adapt it yourselves to your own context. Students work through the three tasks independently.
TASK 1 – Sentence structure /grammatical accuracy (using Duolingo). The activities are quick to do + focus them on a range of grammar and sentence structure exercises.
TASK 2 – Cultural awareness (- exposure to Spanish language music and culture). The Bomba Estero song “Soy yo” has a great video and message.
TASK 3 – Vocabulary development + conceptual awareness (- the how and why of things). Hopefully this gets them to engage with authentic texts but in a gradual, step by step way.
BOOKLET: Step Up – SPANISH A LEVEL 2 v2
The attached are vocabulary learning homework tasks for Year 11 Spanish. Each list is taken from EdExcel /AQA past paper GCSE higher level papers (reading + listening). The students are tested on their learning of the lists by completing the relevant reading / listening task. As we are at this time of year focusing on the exam and practising the skills needed, this approach allows vocabulary learning to avoid being too topic focused. As the students do more of these, they start to see that some of the language keeps reoccurring. If you spot any typos, please let me know!
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
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.
KS4: Variety of literature READING LITERARY TEXT Higher Viaje a la Alcarria READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Lecciones de poesía para niños inquietos READING LITERARY TEXT Higher Dime quién soy READING LITERARY TEXT Higher La ciudad de las bestias READING LITERARY TEXT Higher El tiempo entre costuras READING LITERARY TEXT Higher Yerma by Lorca READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Historia de una maestra READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation La familia de Pascual Duarte READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Las tres bodas de Manolita READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Paula by Isabel Allende READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Pobre Monolito by Elvira Lindo READING LITERARY TEXT Higher El árbol de la ciencia READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Bodas de sangre READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation El caballero de Azor READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation Vida feliz de un joven llamado Esteban READING LITERARY TEXT Higher Tiempo de escarcha READING LITERARY TEXT Foundation El misterio de la llave READING LITERARY TEXT Higher La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes READING LITERARY TEXT Higher KS3: El sueño de Otto READING LITERARY TEXT Year 7 Persecución en Madrid READING LITERARY TEXT Year 7
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.