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This very exhaustive and detailed guide contains a lot of information and activities to help Spanish A Level students research reflect about Guillermo del Toro’s film El laberinto del fauno. There are a variety of reading, writing and speaking (role plays) activities, as well as multitude of quotes and shots from the film to support each topic.
The booklet consists of 84 pages, and it is divided into the following sections:
Introduction - a brief reading activity and a vocabulary section, and a series of warm-up activities to complete before, while and after watching the film, including an analysis of the film’s introduction, a “who said it” activity, short written questions to reflect on key scenes and a guided writing activity to help the students write a review of the film.
Characters: reading, speaking and writing activities to explore the different characters and characterisation techniques used in the film.
The director’s techniques: the use of allegory, the elements of the fairy tale, the use of colour and the use of different shots and camera angles (camera work).
Historical background: four sections to study the historical background against which the film is set: the Civil War, a section about “las dos Españas” and how this concept is reflected in the film, a section about “los del monte” and a section about fascism.
The main themes in El laberinto: obedience, masculinity and femininity and the treatment of violence.
The monsters in El laberinto del fauno and in Guillermo del Toro’s career
The success of El laberinto del fauno: a section that looks at how Spanish language films can struggle in the Anglophone market and the factors that made it possible for El laberinto to overcome these difficulties.
A final section with further aspects of the film for the students to research, including influence of other directors, the influence of Goya’s Black Paintings, the importance of insects in del Toro’s film and the similarities and differences between Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.
The resource also includes a number of essays on the topics covered and a checklist to help the students self-asses what they write, as well as many independent learning opportunities, with suggestions for the students on topics they could research to further their knowledge and understanding of the film.
A second booklet focuses on how to write an essay, the requirement of the new Spanish A Level Paper 2 exam and provides further essay questions.
A free sample of this resource can be found in this link:
UPDATE (13/06/19) - The guide now includes an extra section with an overview of the A Level Paper 2 exam, mark schemes and a variety of essay questions.
Spanish A Level Grammar Booklet. This booklet (120 pages) provides a very comprehensive study of the main grammar points needed at A level (sections of the booklet can also be used at GCSE level). Each section includes an explanation of a grammar point and a variety of activities to consolidate knowledge and understanding. The booklet is divided into the following sections:
4. Comparatives and superlatives
5. “Por” and “para”
9. Personal a
10. Relative pronouns
11. Possessive adjectives and pronouns
12. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
13. Direct object pronouns
14. Indirect object pronouns
15. Direct and indirect object pronouns used together
17. “Ser” and “estar”
18. Conjugating verbs
19. Present tense
19 a. regular verbs
19 b. irregular verbs
19 c. stem-changing (or radical-changing) verbs
19 d. reflexive verbs
19 e. “gustar”
19 f. back to front verbs
20. Preterite tense
21. Imperfect tense
22. Preterite vs imperfect
23. Present perfect
24. Past perfect (or “pluperfect”)
25. Future simple
27. Commands (the imperative)
28. Present progressive (or “present continuous”)
29. Present subjunctive
30. Passive voice (and how to avoid it)
31. Conditional clauses
A set of 13 time-saving worksheets to set quick, simple cover work. Suitable for younger students. Each worksheet includes bilingual vocabulary lists and simple activities (with instructions in English) for the students to complete at their own pace.
A set of 20 writing mats/templates covering a series of different topics in Spanish. The topics include leisure activities, the weather, festivals, films, basic personal information, holidays, school subjects, healthy diet and charity work.
All mats are bilingual (all the content is in English as well as Spanish), and there is an emphasis on opinions and tenses.
The mats are designed for KS3 students mainly, but they can also be used for a variety of revision or starter activities at KS4.
These mats are perfect to set cover work (students can use them to write sentences and paragraphs on each topic, use them to produce posters and classroom displays, or to create revision mind maps).
I have also used them in lessons. Some of the activities I have used these templates for include:
dictation: read a text that uses the language in the mats and ask the students to write it down.
dicta-translation: read a text based on the mat in Spanish and ask the students to write it down in English, or the other way round.
paired dictation and translation: same as above but the students read to each other.
“great minds think alike”: ask the students to write a number of sentences and then ask them to find out, by reading their sentences to each other, if someone else wrote the exact same sentences, thus proving that they are great minds.
“stand up if”: ask the students to highlight sentences in the mats. Then read a text based on it and ask the students to stand up (and then immediately sit down) every time that you read a word or phrase that they’ve highlighted.
speed reading: time the students while they read from the template, see how many sentences they can read out/who is the first to read a full text etc.
And of course the students can use the writing mat to write their own texts.
More mats will be added shortly on topics such as health, school and relationships.
This resource contains twenty-four 150-word questions to revise the three themes of the new GCSE course (AQA specification). The 150-word question is part of the higher writing exam.
There are eight questions for each of the three themes of the course (Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment), and two questions for each of the topics in each theme.
Each of the questions contains two bullet points that the students are expected to cover; the bullet points are written to resemble the ones found in the 2018 paper and those in the sample questions provided by AQA. At least one of the bullet points in each question prompts the students to refer to either the past or the future, and several questions ask the students to write their “recommendations”.
Finally, the booklet also contains a copy of the mark scheme for the 150 word question and an overview of the themes and topics.
This resource can be used as part of everyday teaching, as end of unit assessment, for revision purposes and it is an easy way of setting useful homework.
This resource is a follow-up to my 90-Word questions booklet, which has proved to be very popular since I uploaded it about a year ago an which can be found here:
A collection of twenty-four 90-word questions covering the whole of the new French GCSE course.
Each of the three booklets (one per theme) contains eight questions, with four bullet points each, encouraging the students to refer to present, past and future events, as well as to include opinions.
A very comprehensive set of resources to study the topic of festivals in Spain. The presentation (25 slides) includes reading and writing activities, two role plays, six photo cards and two translations (Spanish into English and English into Spanish). The set also includes 6 worksheets that complement the presentation.
Finally, there is a grammar activity that focuses on the use of impersonal verbs (“se” + he/she form of the verb) and the conditional.
UPDATE: This resource now includes a worksheet with 8 activities based on the Mexican festival Dia de los muertos.
This resource contains two booklets, one of them including twenty-four 150-word questions to revise the three themes of the new GCSE course (AQA specification), and a similar one consisting of twenty-four 90-word questions.
In each booklet there are eight questions for each of the three themes of the course (Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment), and two questions for each of the topics in each theme.
The 150-word question is part of the higher writing exam, and each question contains two bullet points that the students are expected to cover; the bullet points are written to resemble the ones found in the 2018 paper and those in the sample questions provided by AQA. At least one of the bullet points in each question prompts the students to refer to either the past or the future, and several questions ask the students to write their “recommendations”. The booklet also contains a copy of the mark scheme for the 150 word question and an overview of the themes and topics.
The 90-word questions include four bullet points that the students are prompted to cover, and they explicitly require them to include references to three time frames and opinions (as per the AQA mark scheme). When possible, one of the bullet points starts with ‘qué hiciste’, a question which appears in many of the AQA samples and that some students often fail to understand. The booklet also contains a copy of the mark scheme.
This resource can be used as part of everyday teaching, as end of unit assessment, for revision purposes and as an easy way of setting useful homework.
This resource is a version of the popular board-game Trivial Pursuit based around the themes and sub-themes of the new Spanish A Level course (AQA specifications).
I have assigned a category to each colour:
Aspects of Hispanic society (red)
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (yellow)
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society (purple)
Aspects of political life (blue)
The resource includes a printable board (better printed in colour and enlarged to A3) and 24 question cards (with one question for each category, so a total of 192 questions). Additionally, there is a file with six counters and six “score cards”, with a “pie” for the students to colour the different sections as they achieve them.
This resource can be used as a whole class activity if displayed on the board, but it can also be printed (in colour!) for students to work in groups of up to six.
This 62-page long booklet contains a very comprehensive overview of the grammar required to succeed in the new GCSE course.
It is divided in three sections, one for each theme of the new GCSE, and within each of those there are two parts, one dedicated to verbs and one dedicated to all the other lexical categories.
Each entry of the booklet focuses on one aspect of grammar, with a brief explanation of how to use the structure that is being covered, the rules and exceptions that need to be taken into account, and a variety of examples. This is always followed by an “Ahora practica” section with activities for the students to complete. Whenever possible, the examples and activities match the theme that the specific structure has been included under (e.g., the majority of examples and activities used to study the present tense will be related to the topics from theme 1 - relationships, technology, leisure and festivals).
A free sample of this resource (the section on ser and estar) can be found here:
And the final pages of the booklet, with the verb tables:
Part 1 – Articles, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs and pronouns
Comparatives and superlatives
Por and para
Direct object pronouns
Part 2 – Verbs
Ser and estar
The present tense
13a. Regular verbs
13b. Irregular verbs
13c. Reflexive verbs
Opinions in different tenses
Part 1 – Adjectives and pronouns
Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
Part 2 – Verbs
The Future Simple
The Preterite v. The Imperfect
The Present Subjunctive
Uses of the Subjunctive
The Imperative (Commands)
Part 1 – Adverbs and prepositions
26. Personal a
Part 2 – Verbs
28. Present continuous
29. Present Perfect
30. If clauses
31. The Subjunctive – Further practice
32. Verb tables
This double-sided mat provides the students of all abilities with a lot of useful language to support them when writing about Customs and festivals.
Page one contains a lot of vocabulary (nouns, adjectives, conjunctions, time phrases and intensifiers) as well as a series of scaffolding structures (“sentence starters”). The second page contains twelve key verbs conjugated in the first person singular (yo) in six different tenses (the preterite, the imperfect, the present, the future, the conditional and the present subjunctive). Finally, there is also a section on complex structures on the second page, with examples of comparatives and superlatives, idiomatic expressions, conditional sentences (“si fuera…”), the present perfect and negative sentences.
This booklet contains 72 speaking cards based on Theme 1, Theme 2, Theme 3 and Theme 4 of the new Spanish A Level course (Aspects of Hispanic society, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Multiculturalism in the Hispanic World and Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world).
The cards contain (quite a lot) of factual information about the theme (a lot more than the sample cards from AQA) and three questions, the first one always being “How do you react to the information on this card?” or similar).
The aim of presenting the cards like this is to provide the students with a lot of ideas on what to say about the theme, as well as making them more aware that they always have to discuss the information printed on the card (AO2 and AO4).
There are eighteen cards for each theme (six cards for each sub theme), and each section is followed by a minimum of 20 questions to encourage the students to explore and discuss the topic further.
The booklet ends with a list of vocabulary useful for the speaking test, and it also includes an overview of the A Level course, of Paper 3 and of the assessment criteria.
A free sample of this resource can be found on this link:
UPDATE (13/06/19) - The booklet has been adapted to replace some of the more general questions and with other questions focused on Spanish speaking countries.
This file contains a series of activities to study the characters of the film El laberinto del fauno:
Adjectives: match a series of adjectives to the main characters, then write a paragraph about each character using those adjectives.
What’s in a name. Match the names of the main characters to their etymological origin and the characteristics traditionally associated to the name. Then reflect about the importance of this (if at all) in El laberinto del fauno.
Independent research: research Hamlet’s Ophelia and see if any parallelisms can be established with El laberinto’s Ofelia.
Translation practice: translate a paragraph that contains language and ideas form the previous two activities from Spanish into English.
Extension: write a similar paragraph about a different character.
Independent research: find out whether any parallelisms can be established between Ofelia and Don Quijote, another famous character in Spanish narrative renown for his obsession with books.
Characters and quotes. Find a quote (from the list provided) that summarises each character’s personality and/or attitude. Justify your choice.
Role plays: three role plays based on the film.
Relationships: reflect about the relationships amongst the different characters. A list of useful nouns is provided.
Essays: two AS and two A Level essay questions about the characters in El laberinto del fauno.
Checklist: A very extensive checklist for the students to reflect on AO3 and AO4 of their essays.
This resource now includes a presentation (Powerpoint and Notebook) to support the students, as well as a grammar workheet (five pages) to introduce the use of the subjunctive with verbs of desire).
PLEASE NOTE: this resource is part of a much more comprehensive and more detailed resource, the Pan’s Labyrinth Student Support Guide that can be found on this link:
The guide is over 70 pages long, and a free sample can be found here:
This bundle contains five resources to help support GCSE students prepare for their writing exam:
three writing papers, at foundation and higher level, with feedback sheets to provide the students with quick, effective feedback.
90 word question booklet, with 24 questions that follow the format of the overlap foundation-higher question of the AQA writing exam (each question with four bullet points that require the use of different tenses and elicit opinions).
A student friendly overview of the GCSE course and the requirements of the writing exams.
This bundle contains a lot of resources to support Spanish A Level students prepare for Paper 2 (specifically El laberinto del Faouno) and Paper 3:
A Level Fact File: a booklet (48 pages) with a lot of factual information about the themes and sub-themes of the AQA specification.
Discussion cards: a very comprehensive set of discussion cards (72 cards) covering all themes and sub themes of the course.
Spanish Grammar Booklet: 108 pages covering all aspects of grammar needed at A Level.
El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) support guide, 84 pages to study different aspects of the film in detail.
Paper 2 support booklet, with an overview of the A Level course and the Paper 3 requirements, and a lot of essay questions.
Additionally, I have included a lot of reading activities. More to follow shortly!
Three booklets to prepare students for papers 2 and 3:
Paper 2 (writing) - Volver
Paper 2 (writing) - La casa de Bernarda Alba
Paper 3 (speaking)
Each booklet includes a wide range of questions to provide the students with plenty of practice, as well as detailed explanations of the paper's requirements, assessment objectives and mark schemes.
The fourth booklet contains a very comprehensive (118 pages) overview of the main aspects of Spanish grammar that the students are expected to be able to use on their A Level course.
This file contains three pages with some key verbs in Spanish: the present tense, preterite, imperfect, future and conditional of regular verbs and the same tenses for irregular verbs ser, estar, tener, ir, poder and haber. The tables also include how to form the present participle and the past participle.
This resource is a free sample of a much more extensive resource, my Spanish GCSE grammar booklet, which can be found in its full form in this link:
The full booklet is 63 pages long, and I have included a copy of the contents page as part of this resource.
This bundle contains three resources to support students preparing for Paper 2 of the new Spanish A level exam:
Spanish A Level Grammar booklet (118 pages).
Paper 2 booklet: Réquiem por un campesino español.
Paper 2 booklet: Volver.
The two Paper 2 Booklets include an overview of the paper and the mark schemes, some starter questions to get the students to start discussing the texts, quotes taking from the texts for the students to analyse, a variety of essay questions and a list of useful expressions to write an essay.
This is a free sample of this resource:
The full resource contains 90 role plays in Spanish, at foundation and higher level, covering all themes and topics of the AQA specification, and providing the students with plenty of opportunities to practice a variety of linguistic structures, questions and vocabulary.
This resource can be used in lessons but it can also be used for homework or independent study.
The role plays can also be found separated into themes in my shop, and also as part of a longer, more comprehensive speaking resource here:
This worksheet includes an explanation of how to use ser and estar, one of the biggest headaches for Spanish learners, with several examples and two activities.
It is a free sample of a much more comprehensive premium resource, my Spanish GCSE grammar booklet, which can be found on this link:
I have included a screen shot of the contents page of the grammar booklet.