This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to write excellent essays in A-Level Spanish examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Georgina Irvine, who has taught in the TES Top Independent School of the Year, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for film and literature which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level writing skills. Using examples from a wide range of set texts and films, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Take away new and stimulating ways of teaching film and literature for top grades at A Level
  • Understand better how the essays are marked and practise applying the mark schemes
  • Gain a better understanding of the range of films and texts available to teach so that you can chose the best fit for you and your class
  • Take away new ideas for create your own resources and manipulating the resources available to you
  • Find out new revision techniques for essay writing to prepare you’re a and A* students for the final examinations
COURSE DATES London | Friday 22 November 2019
London | Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Teachers of A Level Spanish
  • Heads of Department for Spanish
  • Heads of Faculty for MFL
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.15am
Introduction to teaching Film and Literature for high achievers

  • Choosing the best film for your students
  • Choosing the best work of literature for your students
  • Where to include Film and Literature in your Scheme of Work to challenge high achievers
  • Assessment – teaching to and meeting the national standard

10.15 – 11.00am
Preparing to write a character study using “Las trece Rosas” as an example

  • Sample lesson ideas and approaches that develop and extend high achieving students
  • Looking at essay titles on characters
  • Marking a sample Year 12 essay on characters
  • Including sophisticated content on characters in the A Level essay

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 11.45am
Teaching historical context for top marks, using “Como Agua para Chocolate” as an example

  • Teaching ideas for covering historical context
  • Looking at essay titles on historical context
  • Marking a sample A Level essay on historical context
  • Including sophisticated content on historical context in the A Level essay

11.45 – 12.30pm
Common errors and pitfall to avoid using “El Laberinto del Fauno” and “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” as examples

  • Getting the facts right
  • Avoiding too much “story-telling”
  • To quote or not to quote?
  • Unnecessary use of complex structures that do not add anything
  • The dangers of over-simplifying hypothetical analysis

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Teaching ideas and approaches, using “Réquiem por un Campesino Español” and “Volver” as examples

  • Teaching about themes to stretch the most able
  • Teaching structure and literary techniques – accessing the highest mark bands
  • Approaches and methods for teaching genre
  • Film techniques: what top students need to know and the best ways to cover it in exams

2.30 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Revision and exam practice using “María, llena eres de Gracia” and “Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada” as examples

  • The key challenges for high attaining students in achieving A and A* in essay writing
  • Planning the essay
  • Practising paragraphs
  • Examine and mark sample essays
  • Feedback from 2019 – what students need to know and do for 2020

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Georgina Irvine

With over 20 years’ experience in top independent schools in the North West and the Caribbean, Georgina is passionate about teaching Spanish language and culture. Her A Level examination results far exceed the national average and almost all her students chose to continue their Spanish studies at university. Georgina has been Head of Department, Head of Faculty and a Senior Teacher in charge of Oxbridge applications. She now works as an Independent Spanish Consultant for schools and businesses and examines for several boards.

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