El veganismo

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

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

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