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I am a Head of Languages and an examiner for AQA. I specialise in resources to prepare students for GCSE in French and Spanish.

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I am a Head of Languages and an examiner for AQA. I specialise in resources to prepare students for GCSE in French and Spanish.
AQA Languages GCSE Speaking Easy Marking and Feedback Sheet
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AQA Languages GCSE Speaking Easy Marking and Feedback Sheet

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This sheet is designed to enable ‘live’ marking during speaking mock exams and also to enable quick but detailed feedback to students. It can also be used for a ‘walking, talking mock’. I have made the wording of the mark scheme clearer and more concise to render it clearer for students. Grade boundaries are included so that the sheet is a complete mark scheme. The grade boundaries are for the Spanish 2018 exam. The French are as follows: Foundation 38 /5 34/4 25/3 16/2 7/1 Higher: 53/9 48/8 44/7 38/6 32/5 27/4 (22/3 - no longer used - no grade 3 at Higher)
A-A* French GCSE Speaking and Writing Handbook
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A-A* French GCSE Speaking and Writing Handbook

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A unit of work with vocabulary, grammar and activities to help students reflect on how to create A-A* work for their Speaking and Writing controlled assessments, according to AQA and Edexcel marking criteria. This resource is best used in conjunction with a dictionary (including online), and is also useful for building reading confidence. The exemplar texts could be read out as part of a dictation activity also, with pupils checking what they wrote with the exemplar texts, to help with listening skills. It is suitable for independent or cover work, as well as homework or teacher-led activities.
French GCSE Controlled Assessment on Where I Live
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French GCSE Controlled Assessment on Where I Live

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Exemplar A grade text on the topic of Where I Live, followed by a series of activities to enable students to write their own Controlled Assessment to a Grade A. Also good for reading comprehension practice. Suitable for independent work, cover and resits. Several hours worth of preparatory work (scaffolding, vocabulary-building, focus on verbs and tenses) and advice on how to prepare for CA effectively.
KS3 and 4 French Literacy Mat
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KS3 and 4 French Literacy Mat

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To help pupils of all abilities build and add complexity to texts. Includes activities to get pupils started with the mats, and to get them reflecting on how to improve their writing and speaking. The 2 mats(KS3 and KS4) are best printed out in colour on A3 and laminated. You could do them double sided, as the KS3 side provides good support for less able pupils at KS4.
Spanish GCSE AQA Foundation Speaking Handbook
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Spanish GCSE AQA Foundation Speaking Handbook

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A unit of work to help students prepare for the upcoming that can be used in class or as independent revision. It has many hours worth of activities and encourages progress through low stakes testing and spaced learning, as well as providing sample answers and vocabulary and key language support. The handbook describes each task in the AQA speaking exam, including success criteria, and provides sample questions and answers. Tasks are designed to build confidence and knowledge. Support in the form of a knowledge capture sheet is given in a separate document. There is enough here to cover all lessons and independent learning in the run up to the AQA speaking exam at the beginning of May , especially if adequate time is given for self-testing (which I strongly recommend).
My Free Time GCSE Writing Handbook
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My Free Time GCSE Writing Handbook

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An exemplar text and set of activities to enable independent work and build towards writing a B grade text at Controlled Assessment. Also suitable for the new GCSE free writing assessment practice. Focuses on key verbs, sentence structure, tenses and giving and justifying opinions. Suitable for cover work or independent work, including at home, as well as a teacher-led lesson and several homeworks. Also good for re-sits. Designed to provide scaffolding for less motivated and less confident pupils, as well as a starting point for more able and more confident pupils to develop their work from.
Spanish A - A* Speaking and Writing Handbook
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Spanish A - A* Speaking and Writing Handbook

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A unit of work that enables pupils to reflect on the success criterial for top marks at Spanish GCSE Controlled Assessment. The unit provides some useful vocabulary and grammar, and exemplar texts to adapt. It is also provides some good higher reading practice. Good for revision, Controlled Assessment preparation, independent, cover or home work.
How to produce complex Spanish
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How to produce complex Spanish

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A lengthy worksheet designed to enable British students to reflect on the success criteria for GCSE Spanish at A* - how to gain the highest possible marks in the exam they take aged 16. The resource contains a crib sheet with vocabulary and grammar, as well as some higher level exemplar texts to help pupils practice reading more complex Spanish as well as adapting the texts in order to create their own higher level texts. This worksheet would be suitable for those seeking to enhance their spoken and written Spanish.
French C Grade Hacks
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French C Grade Hacks

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Presentation, exemplar texts and worksheet. Useful as a controlled assessment speaking or writing exam preparation activity, and also for reading comprehension practice. Designed for persistent D graders, who could work at a C, but just cannot make the connection. Extensive presentation with notes and suggestions of how to deliver. For candidates aiming for all grades from C upwards, as you can get them to consider how to enhance the texts /improve the grade. This could cover at least 3 lessons, possible more, as it build pupils up through basic to more complex opinions, with a review of how to use verbs (in the present tense) along the way. Designed for my bordering D/C pupils.
AQA Foundation Role Play Practice
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AQA Foundation Role Play Practice

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A resource for foundation students sitting the AQA Spanish GCSE. Each role play from the AQA specimen speaking paper is included, along with the teacher notes and some exemplar answers. There are also some tips for the role play and guidance on how to use the resource.
GCSE French Writing and Speaking to Grade B Handbook
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GCSE French Writing and Speaking to Grade B Handbook

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This is a 12 page booklet / unit of work which will aid learners with a target grade of a B to improve confidence and build vocabulary through drilling and text level work. It is stand alone (though pupils will need access to a dictionary) and therefore ideal for homework and/or cover or independent work. It has been produced after careful study of AQA and Edexcel marking criteria and exemplar work. I have tried to keep the vocabulary as general and cross-topic as possible. I would say that it is ideal for those just starting the course, or those who have to complete Controlled Assessment outside of a topic (i.e. re-sits / those who have missed out or who have underachieved and need to catch up). I have focused only on the present and past in order to maintain accessibility, as through experience these are the two easiest tenses for learners to produce independently.
Speaking Controlled Assessment Peer Assessment and Next Steps Sheet
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Speaking Controlled Assessment Peer Assessment and Next Steps Sheet

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A sheet with AQA GCSE marking criteria to enable peer assessment and reflection on next steps for improvement in Speaking Controlled Assesssment preparation. Is for Spanish speaking, but with minor adjustments can be for writing and any language. However, I will adjust for writing Controlled Assessment for those less confident or new to the mark scheme. Can be used for peer assessment, but also to aid self-assessment, or for FLAs/TAs as guidance. To be used in conjunction with Higher Literacy Mat for Spanish: this can be found in the free uploads section under my username.
French GCSE Controlled Assessment Preparation to Grade B
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French GCSE Controlled Assessment Preparation to Grade B

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Exemplar B grade text on the topic of Where I Live, followed by a series of activities to enable students to write their own Controlled Assessment to a Grade B. Also good for reading comprehension practice. Suitable for independent work, cover and resits. Several hours worth of preparatory work (scaffolding, vocabulary-building, focus on verbs and tenses) and advice on how to prepare for CA effectively.
How to do an A Grade GCSE Spanish Writing Controlled Assessment on Holidays
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How to do an A Grade GCSE Spanish Writing Controlled Assessment on Holidays

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An exemplar A grade text with a series of activities to enable pupils to then write their own text. Gives students an understanding of key constructions that they can then adapt to make their own version. Focuses on verbs. Also a good reading comprehension activity. Suitable for independent work or cover. Suitable for re-sits and able but less motivated students. Activities suitable for several lessons or a series of homeworks.