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GCSE Spanish Student Conference

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This revised conference will provide students with a motivational informative and valuable revision day on GCSE Spanish. This interactive and refreshed day is specially designed by current senior examiners, who will give expert advice, guidance and examples to help focus on the key points to maximise students’ exam achievements. This conference is targeted at AQA and Edexcel GCSE students.


  • Boost your students’ performance in key areas of GCSE Spanish with a summary of the learning from past examinations.
  • Hear from current examiners who will inspire your students with advice from their own perspective.
  • Learn about the common pitfalls and how to avoid these.
  • Interactive, fast-paced day with student participation throughout
  • Take home a full set of revision notes written by senior examiners
  • Be inspired by an impressive, motivational and valuable session


Welcome and Introduction

10.00 – 10.10am

Quick-fire warm-up quiz

10.10 – 10.20am

Achieving in the Listening questions

10.20 – 11.00am
  • Understand exactly how the questions work, key words to look out for in order to dispel any common misunderstanding.
  • The importance of vocabulary – crucial vocabulary and how to make sure you know it
  • Every mark counts! Strategies to achieve highly on the listening questions
  • How to make the most of the 5 minutes’ reading time
  • Don’t get caught out by distractors
  • Using the paper to your advantage – setting yourself up to succeed

Break – Submit your questions for the experts

11.00 – 11.20am

Paper 3 – Improving your Spanish reading skills

11.20 – 12.20pm
  • Different question types – what the examiners are really looking for
  • Improving your exam technique – making vocabulary connections
  • Dealing with authentic texts – strategies that work
  • Improving your French-English translation skills – top tips
  • Student activity: Read and respond


12.20 – 12.50pm

Question box: A prize is awarded for the best question

12.50 – 1.00pm

Papers 3 and 4- Embracing translation questions

1.00 – 1.30pm
  • Scoring highly on every aspect of the translation task: Examiner guidance on successful high quality translations
  • Grammar pitfalls – what is wrong and why?- avoiding misinterpretations
  • Active vocabulary learning: techniques that work both inside the classroom and out.

Paper 4: Showcasing your writing skills

1.30 – 2.20pm
  • The shorter writing tasks: what the examiners expect to see and how to ensure that this is what you put in.
  • The extended writing tasks: a look at the examiners’ reports – what do they want?
  • Making your writing more interesting with sophisticated language
  • Student activity: Which is the best? Student marking exercise

Paper 2: Approaching the speaking element with confidence

2.20 – 3.00pm
  • The role play – why less is more
  • The photo card – how to be ready for any photo
  • The general conversation – how to prepare well and score highly
  • Other top tips from the examiners, with student exercises to show these at work

Final Top Tips

3.00 – 3.15pm
  • Advice on how to best use revision tools, including the specification
  • A reminder of the key lessons and advice provided during the day


The Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ | Thursday 23 March 2023

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This conference, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Jonathan Mumford is a current AQA examiner specialising in Speaking and Writing skills at GCSE level. He has 16 years’ experience of teaching both GCSE French and Spanish, consistently achieving top results with students at a Merseyside mixed comprehensive school. He is a teacher trainer at Liverpool Hope University and has 8 years’ experience as a Head of Languages. He is passionate about languages and ensuring language students aim high and succeed.

Juliet Park is a Director languages and part of the school improvement team for a multi academy trust in Yorkshire. She is a French and Spanish teacher with a track record for excellent results. She is a trainer for AQA, has experience as an examiner and is on AQA’s reform panel for the new GCSE. She is also a published author and works with the SSAT and Dylan Wiliam as a specialist in formative assessment


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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