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Teaching AQA A-Level Spanish for the First Time

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This course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers new to teaching A-Level Spanish. The sessions are designed to ensure their students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades and improve teachers’ understanding of A-Level teaching. Teachers will receive new teaching approaches and techniques, ideas, as well as key guidance in how to develop with advice on the standards of A-Level and best ways to prepare students with the exam as the endgame. Practical strategies will be demonstrated for teaching across a broad range of student A-Level abilities.


  • Gain top teaching tips and realistic practical advice from an experienced practitioner
  • Take away effective strategies on how to teach the course to maximise student potential
  • Find out about the core concepts, key challenges, levels of the specification and ways to structure your course for successful end result outcomes
  • Examine lots of ideas to stimulate classroom delivery and performance
  • Discuss examples of student work and how to prepare students to get the maximise possible marks


Subject content of the specification: The Iceberg Model

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Understanding the AQA A-Level syllabus
  • The assessment success criteria for all AQA exam components and how to structure the course to tackle these
  • Finding out about the core concepts and key challenges
  • Anchoring in challenge and fostering independence


Morning break

10.40 – 10.50am

Paper 1: Teaching approaches to Listening, reading and writing

10.50 – 12.10pm
  • Practical strategies to layer the learning of subject content linking to assessment of grammar and translation skills
  • What makes great teaching?: A text-based approach to teaching A-Level step-by-step
  • Exploiting a text: Reading and Listening for learning; Teaching the exam micro-skills
  • Strategies to maximise exam skills in all ability students



12.10 – 1.10pm

Teaching approaches to Literature and Film for Paper 2

1.10 – 2.00pm
  • Adopting a holistic approach to Literature and Film before adopting a linear analysis
  • Practical strategies to develop writing skills and moving from description to analysis
  • How to maximise vocabulary acquisition in every lesson
  • What makes an excellent essay? Analysing texts from past papers


Afternoon break

2.00 – 2.10pm

Paper 3: Effective Teaching Approaches for the Speaking Paper

2.10 – 3.10pm
  • Tackling the demands of the Oral exam: practical strategies to embed oracy in all lessons
  • Monitoring oral work and the Independent Research project
  • Working with your Spanish Assistant

Innovative uses of IT at A-Level to maximise exam performance

3.10 – 3.45pm
  • Using a variety of digital tools to support A-Level teaching throughout the course
  • Using digital tools to motivate and cater for different abilities





London | Tuesday 05 December 2023
London | Tuesday 12 March 2024

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London | Tuesday 05 December 2023
London | Tuesday 12 March 2024

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.


Tim Guilford is an experienced education professional who held the role of Deputy Head of a London School for a number of years until recently. He is currently working as a consultant and trainer providing professional development in teaching and learning for Modern Languages as well as leadership and management, coaching and mentoring, and revision skills workshops to students. Tim has significant experience as a senior examiner and as an Ofqual consultant for A-Level, and is co-authoring the new Hodder IGCSE Spanish textbook.


  • 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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