This project is one of my favourite creations. Over the last year, I have been gathering several pieces of news on Spain’s current affairs that were connected to the topics my students have to prepare for their A2 Spanish exam. Once I had read each article I did redact a short text (150 words approx.) in my own words with the most relevant info. The result: 36 colourful texts (one for each subtopic) that can be used in many ways. These gap-fill exercises are primarily used as reading material but the students can also practice their speaking skills by debating each piece of news. Most of them are quite controversial and students tend to have strong opinions about these issues which is great! Furthermore, the exercises can also be sent as homework (if you have students who ask for some extra prep to practice at home these are really convenient). I particularly like how easy these are to set as cover material. The cover teachers can easily identify the task and see what it is to be achieved by the students. You can even ask them to translate specific sentences or paragraphs from the texts. The amount of time it took me to prepare this resource is going to be worth it since it can be used for various purposes. All in all great to review grammar and vocabulary. Files included: • Colourful PowerPoint presentation (Keys included) with an interactive menu • Printable Student’s handout • Printable Teacher’s copy with answers All the topics included (see the menu’s image) are those required for AQA’s Spanish (7692). More info: https://mflandbeyond.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/🇪🇸-fill-in-the-gaps-✍🏼/
After spending endless hours compiling a collection of free to use and share photos I’ve created this presentation in order to help students with the Spanish speaking exam. I hope this presentation saves you up some precious time and is helpful for your students! The PowerPoint includes an interactive menu so you can easily access the photos (48 speaking cards) and the vocabulary section (both foundation and higher). In the photo cards, you will find a photo to be described + questions + a short alternative description of what’s in the photo and in the vocabulary section a list of the vocab needed for each level divided into the different topics. The themes included are those required for AQA’s Spanish GCSE (8698): 3.1.1 Theme 1: Identity and culture Topic 1: Me, my family and friends Topic 2: Technology in everyday life Topic 3: Free-time activities Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities 3.1.2 Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region Topic 2: Social issues Topic 3: Global issues Topic 4: Travel and tourism 3.1.3 Theme 3: Current and future study and employment Topic 1: My studies Topic 2: Life at school/college Topic 3: Education post-16 Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions Last but not least, I would like to thank the people who share this sort of images free of charge and that therefore make possible that we can create valuable resources for our students and also the people who nicely takes a couple of seconds to rate and review the resources we share. THANKS A BUNCH!!!
I have created in this collage a photographic composition that covers all the main topics for the GCSE SPANISH Speaking exam by AQA (8698). You can use this not only the typical speaking exercise for the exam. A fun way to take this as a listening activity would be to give them their mini whiteboards. They are giving their backs to the image projected and only one student that can see the picture would describe to the others this crazy creation. The one that is able to reflect more details in their drawings wins. All the main topics were covered and the student’s reaction was very positive.
A simple set of speaking cards to practice the IGCSE speaking paper. The photos chosen present different levels of difficulty in order to challenge the students to come up with ideas so as what to do when there is not much in the photo.
This is a card game I created for my shyest Y11. I simply used one card once a week and it worked miracles. Most of them feared having that blank page feeling and with these cards they were able to focus on a target (which they found quite helpful) and of course they also love a bit of competition. TOPICS INCLUDED: 3.1.1 Theme 1: Identity and culture Topic 1: Me, my family and friends Topic 2: Technology in everyday life Topic 3: Free-time activities Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities 3.1.2 Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region Topic 2: Social issues Topic 3: Global issues Topic 4: Travel and tourism 3.1.3 Theme 3: Current and future study and employment Topic 1: My studies Topic 2: Life at school/college Topic 3: Education post-16 Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions Great for either Speaking or Writing practice and especially for some grammar revision. Although it took me ages to make them my students love them and I hope yours love them too.
An activity to work on the vocab of business in Spanish based on an article about another article published in Forbes magazine about the celeb Kim Kardashian and her role as a business woman.
A simple set of speaking cards on the topic of the environment. Just print and play! To be honest I love these cards simply because they are so easy to store (can easily fit into the palm of your hand) and the students can take them with them as either homework or practice. Somehow students are keener to work on a small card rather than the normal A4 format for some reason. I guess it looks like less hard work when it's really the same :) .
4 pages with questions on the topic of Family/Relationships (Marriage/partnerships) • Changing attitudes towards marriage or cohabitation • Separation and divorce • Staying single: benefits and drawbacks • Changing roles within the home
4 pages with questions on the topic of Popular culture (Music) + 4 PowerPoint presentations (1 for each section). • Types of music, changing trends • The place of music in popular culture • Music I like • How music defines personal identity
4 pages with questions on the topic of Healthy living and lifestyle (Holiday). • Types of holiday and holiday activities • The impact of tourism on holiday destinations • Purposes and benefits of holidays • Changing attitudes to holidays
4 pages with questions on the topic of Popular culture (Cinema). • Types of film, changing trends • The place of cinema in popular culture • A good film I have seen • Cinema versus alternative ways of viewing films
4 pages with questions on the topic of Media (Advertising). • Purposes of advertising • Advertising techniques • Curbs on advertising, eg tobacco, alcohol • Benefits and drawbacks of advertising
4 pages with questions on the topic of Media (Communication Technology). • Popularity of mobile phones, MP3 players, etc • Benefits and dangers of mobile phones, MP3 players, etc • Internet - its current and potential usage • Benefits and dangers of the internet
4 pages with over 100 questions on the topic of Media (Television). • TV viewing habits • Range of programmes, eg their appeal and popularity • Range of channels including satellite and internet • Benefits and dangers of watching TV
4 pages with questions on the topic of Family/Relationships (Friendships) • Characteristics and roles of friends • Conflicts with friends • Importance of friends • Friendship versus love
4 pages with questions on the topic of Healthy living and lifestyle (Sport/exercise). • Traditional sports versus ‘fun’ sports • Reasons for taking part in sport / physical exercise • Factors influencing participation in sport / physical exercise • Links between physical exercise and health
This is a very clear article that I used with my year 12 to work on the topic of AIDS. There is also some activities about the text and the answers.
4 pages with questions on the topic of Popular culture (Fashion/trends). • How we can alter our image • Does how we look define who we are? • Lifestyle and leisure activities • The cult of the celebrity