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Spanish GCSE : A Guide to your course

Welcome to the Edexcel Spanish GCSE

The Edexcel Spanish GCSE consists of four units each based on the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Your GCSE exam combines Foundation or Higher tier external assessments for the listening and reading skills with controlled assessment of speaking and writing skills.

How will your GCSE be assessed?

Unit 1 = Listening paper worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.

Externally assessed (it means you will take the Listening exam at the end of Year 11)

(Foundation level = 30 minutes or Higher level = 40 minutes )

Listening paper = Spanish recordings with a variety of question types.

Unit 3 = Reading paper worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.

Externally assessed (as for the Listening exam, you will take the Reading paper at the end of Year 11)

(Foundation = 35 minutes or Higher level = 50 minutes):

Reading paper = Spanish texts including a range of settings and styles, both formal and informal (e g: text messages, adverts, emails etc.) with a variety of question types.

Listening and reading topics to be covered: (to be ticked once completed!)

Out and about: Customer service and transactions:



  • Visitor information ◊ - Cafés and restaurants ◊

  • Basic weather ◊ - Shops ◊

  • Local amenities ◊ - Dealing with problems ◊

  • Accommodation ◊

  • Public transport ◊

  • Directions ◊

Personal information: Future plans, education and work:

  • General interests ◊ - Basic language of the internet ◊

  • Leisure activities ◊ - Job adverts, job applications & CV ◊

  • Family and friends ◊ - School and college ◊

  • Lifestyle ◊ - Work and work experience ◊

Controlled assessments

Unit 2 = Speaking Internally assessed under controlled conditions

Two controlled speaking assessments (it means two oral tasks) lasting 4-6 minutes each and worth 30% of the final GCSE grade (15% each one)

The focus of the speaking unit will be chosen by the teacher and will relate to one or more of the following themes:



  • Media and culture (Ex: Music, films, reading...)

  • General interests (Ex: Hobbies, sporting events, lifestyle choices...)

  • Travel and tourism (Ex: Holidays, accommodation, Eating, food & drink...)

Over the next two years, we will record four speaking tests, from different topics, in controlled assessment conditions, and the best two will be marked by your teacher and sent to the examining board in May of your Y11.

There are three types of oral tasks to be carried out:



  • an open interaction : This will be like a non-scripted role-play and will relate to a specific situation and context



  • a discussion : You will discuss with your teacher a photo or picture etc that you have brought in of something personal to you



  • a short presentation : This will be about anything that interests you, and your teacher will ask questions.

Once the controlled assessment task has been given to you, you will have two weeks to get ready. You are allowed a 30 word bullet point sheet and the exam question to help you when you take the oral exam.

Unit 4 = Internally assessed under controlled conditions

Two controlled writing assessments of approx. 200 words lasting one hour each

and worth 30% of the final GCSE grade (15% each).

The focus of the writing unit will be chosen by the teacher and will relate to one or more of the themes already used in the speaking assessment.

For example, this could be a film review, a magazine article about what it is like being a teenager, a web page about our school or a blog about what you did at half term.

Over the next two years, you will write four pieces of work, from different topics, in controlled assessment conditions, and the best two will be sent to the examining board for external marking, in May of your Y11.

As for the oral, once the controlled assessment task has been given to you, you will have two weeks to get ready. You are allowed a 30 word bullet point sheet, a dictionary and the exam question to help you when you take the written exam.

Students will prepare and draft the piece in class, then write it up in exam conditions.



How will you succeed in the reading and listening exams?

  • By concentrating on all listening and reading activities done in class in order to build exam skills without even realising it!

  • By learning vocabulary on a weekly basis to make sure it sticks in your long-term memory, ready to pop up when you need it in an exam. There is too much to learn to leave it to the last minute!


How will you succeed in the speaking controlled assessments?

  • By practising your pronunciation and accent whenever you can (no-one can hear you practising in the shower!).

  • By recording yourself on your iPod, iPhone etc and listening over and over again.

  • By practising with someone else and making sure you test yourself.

  • By knowing all the key past/present/future verbs and structures off by heart so that you feel confident.

  • By being able to give a variety of opinions and reasons.

How will you succeed in the writing controlled assessment?

  • By knowing key vocabulary and spellings so that you don’t have to use the dictionary too much. (it will save you time)

  • By knowing all the key past/present/future verbs and structures off by heart so that you feel confident.

  • By being able to give a variety of opinions and reasons … as for the speaking assessment.

  • By knowing key connectives and time phrases to extend and develop your writing using good descriptions.

  • By knowing key, and more complex, grammar points.

  • By using your notes well to be able to write up your planned piece of work.


THE GRAMMAR YOU WILL NEED TO USE FOR YOUR SPANISH GCSE...

NOUNS AND DETERMINERS S T

  • Gender (masculine /feminine) ◊ ◊

  • Definite and indefinite articles (the, some, a) ◊ ◊

  • Singular and plural forms ◊ ◊

ADJECTIVES

  • Agreement of adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Position of adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Comparative adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Superlative adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Possessive adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Demonstrative adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Interrogative adjectives ◊ ◊

  • Indefinite adjectives ◊ ◊

ADVERBS

  • Regular & irregular adverbs ◊ ◊

  • Comparative & superlative adverbs ◊ ◊

  • Interrogatve adverbs ◊ ◊

  • Quantifiers & intensifiers ◊ ◊

PRONOUNS

  • Personal pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Reflexive pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Direct & indirect object pronouns ◊ ◊

  • The pronoun se ◊ ◊

  • Position and order of pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Emphatic pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Relative pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Interrogative pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Possessive pronouns ◊ ◊

  • Indefinite pronouns (all, each, every) ◊ ◊

PREPOSITIONS

  • The impersonal a ◊ ◊

  • The preposition de ◊ ◊

  • Prepositions in expressions of time ◊ ◊

  • Prepositions in expressions of place ◊ ◊

  • Other prepositions & common phrases ◊ ◊

CONNECTIVES

  • Simple Connectives ◊ ◊

  • Advanced Connectives ◊ ◊

NUMBERS, DATES & TIMES ◊ ◊

VERBS

  • The present tense of regular verbs ◊ ◊

  • The present tense of reflexive verbs ◊ ◊

  • The present tense of irregular verbs ◊ ◊

  • The present tense of modal verbs ◊ ◊



  • Negatives in the present tense ◊ ◊

  • Interrogatives in the present tense ◊ ◊



  • Imperatives ◊ ◊

  • mientras + present participle (mientras jugando al fútbol) ◊ ◊

  • The perfect tense of regular past participles ◊ ◊

  • The perfect tense of irregular past participles ◊ ◊





  • Questions in the past tense ◊ ◊

  • Negatives in the past tense ◊ ◊

  • Past tense : the despues de que haya structure ◊ ◊



  • The imperfect tense ◊ ◊

  • The pluperfect tense ◊ ◊

  • The immediate future ◊ ◊

  • The future tense ◊ ◊



  • The conditional tense ◊ ◊

  • Si clauses



  • Two verbs structures ◊ ◊



  • The passive ◊ ◊

  • The subjunctive ◊ ◊

(The above table should be highlighted by both the Student (S) and the Teacher (T) when both are confident that the student knows the grammar point.)


ADJECTIVES

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As a general rule, an adjective comes after the noun it describes.

The exceptions are adjectives that describe amounts and adjectives that are inherent and unchangeble (eg. the white snow, the tall mountain).

Nationalities always add an ‘a’ for feminine, no matter what the adjective ends in.

Adjectives change to match the noun they describe:



Ends in:

o

e

consonant

Masculine singular

o

e

no change

Feminine singular

a

e

no change

Masculine plural

os

es

add ‘es’

Feminine plural

as

es

add ‘es’



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