This revised course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future A-level Spanish examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Ana Santos, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2018’s examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
COURSE DATES London Friday 15 November 2019
  • All Teachers of A Level Spanish
  • Heads of Department for Spanish
  • Heads of Faculty for Languages
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 – 10.45am
Listening and Reading

  • Building vocabulary skills – using Spanish in the classroom to
  • Ensuring highly able students do not lose valid content points by writing at excessive length
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Spanish
  • Stretching top students with unseen texts
  • Approaches for the unseen: preparing for different topics and question styles

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45am
Writing and Translation Basics for Grade A/A* Students

  • Where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Building vocabulary and developing excellent grammatical skills
  • Stretching top students with your choice of translation questions
  • Making sure students consider the grammatical concept that each sentence is testing in translation exercises
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams – exercises that encourage A* thinking
  • Improving English skills to avoid unnecessary loss of marks

11.45 – 12.30pm
Setting Up the IRP for A And A* Students

  • Accessing the full range of marks available through thorough knowledge and evaluation of students’ chosen topics
  • Avoiding over-preparation and delivery that is unnecessarily complex, garbled and unintelligible
  • Helping students avoid the over-factual in their preparation and presentation

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.20pm
Spanish Speaking Skills at A and A* Level 

  • The key challenges for high attaining students in achieving A and A* in Speaking
  • Teaching approaches and tasks that stretch students throughout the course
  • Answering questions in the exams: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Helping talented students avoid unnecessarily complex phrases that native speakers would notuse in spoken language
  • Using current affairs to produce excellent answers to the Stimulus Cards
  • Questioning techniques to extend the most able throughout the course

2.20 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Teaching Literature and Film: Stretching and Challenging Able Students 

  • Moving on from GCSE approaches – how to make able students into independent readers
  • Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set works, using La casa de Bernarda Alba and El laberinto del fauno as examples
  • Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Different approaches to discussing and writing about style
  • What makes a strong A-Level essay? How can we build up to this?
  • Developing an unique style by using complex language and grammar: higher level structures and vocabulary to create variety and sophistication

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Ana Santos

Ana is an experienced teacher of Spanish with a broad experience as Modern Languages Teacher and an MA in Didactics of Foreign/Second Language Teaching. She worked as an examiner for GCSE and A Level Portuguese and has been involved with the development of the new A Level Portuguese and GCSE for Pearson. Having worked as EFL, Spanish and French Teacher in state schools, she is currently teaching Spanish at North London Collegiate School and is Second in charge of the MFL Department she has also been collaborating as subject mentor for Spanish in the School Direct Programme of LSJS.

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A-level Spanish