Keynote Educational


Teaching AQA A Level Spanish for the First Time

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This course is intended to provide teachers who are about to start or in their first couple of years teaching A level Spanish, with all they need to teach their course effectively. It will equip delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective A Level Spanish teacher, focusing on the core areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing both in terms of classroom teaching ideas and preparation for the terminal examinations in these skill areas. This course brings a wealth of experience from the classroom and exam marking to provide delegates with tips on how to overcome issues in the classroom and to guide students to optimise their examination performance. The course will reflect current challenges and any modifications to the exam system.


  • Gain the latest understanding of the features of effective teaching and learning for A Level Spanish.
  • Address the challenges faced by teachers where students have missed vital lessons caused by the Covid pandemic and develop engaging ways to bridge the gaps.
  • Take away practical advice for enhanced teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Examine methods to assess and maximise student progress through independence and confidence.
  • Develop students’ skills in the four key areas of the language acquisition.
  • Increase student confidence in the examination.
  • Take away hints and advice to enhance student performance in the examinations in all 4 key skills.

Key messages from the course

10.00 – 10.15am
  • Brief discussion on challenges created by COVID for teaching and how they might exacerbate already challenging sections of the course.
  • Developing knowledge regarding which part of the course to begin with and the benefits or weaknesses for this.
  • Assessing the correct starting point for your students based on prior knowledge from GCSE.

Teaching the reading and listening skill

10.15 – 11.15am
  • Gain understanding of the ways and means that students may listen and respond and how to plan for this.
  • Practical advice to enhance the teaching of listening properly and the benefit of note taking during this.
  • Gain understanding of the ways and means that students may translate and respond and how to plan for this.
  • Practical advice to enhance the teaching of reading properly and the pitfall of skim reading.
  • Effective methods to assess progress and attainment in reading and listening in order to develop full potential.
  • Demands of the examinations and how to prepare students successfully from first teaching and how to develop effective curriculum provision for this.


11.15 – 11.30am

Becoming an effective teacher of speaking

11.30 – 12.30pm
  • Practical ideas to create a successful Spanish classroom.
  • How to develop confidence through encouraging spontaneous speaking
  • Gain an understanding about how to embed opportunities for speaking.
  • Managing the demands on the teacher in the speaking test- how much is too much input?
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of the speaking test


12.30 – 1.30pm

Effective strategies for teaching translation

1.30 – 2.30pm
  • An overview of both translation tasks – what to be most attentive of and where quick gains can be made to boost attainment.
  • Key considerations and powerful strategies for teaching translation skills
  • Highlighting challenges of French to English translation and how to overcome them
  • Challenges of the English to French translation and strategies to foster student progress to further achievement.
  • Importance of avoiding paraphrase to ensure accurate translation and developed responses.

Afternoon break

2.30 – 2.45pm

Responding to literature and film

2.45 – 3.45pm
  • Dissecting the questions- what might the student expect to be asked?
  • Raising expectations and overcoming demands of responding to the stimulus.
  • Moving from description to analysing.
  • How to maximise vocabulary acquisition in every lesson




London | Thursday 20 October 2022

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This course, 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.


Maria O’Neill


  • Teachers in first years of teaching A level Spanish
  • Teachers seeking to increase their confidence in their teaching of A level Spanish
  • NQTs in MFL


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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