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GCSE listening skills

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

Literary texts

Attached are a range of Spanish literary texts and exercises. They are all adapted from GCSE exam board materials or texts online. The techniques suggested are those provided by EdExcel.

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   KS3El sueño de Otto READING LITERARY TEXT Year 7 Persecución en Madrid READING LITERARY TEXT Year 7

GCSE vocabulary booklet – Higher level

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

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

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