This new course will focus on how teachers can support and prepare mid-range and less able students for the A Level exam through developing their skills and motivating them to get to grips with the level of expertise required for A-level Spanish. The course examines the standards which students need to reach in order to attain different A-level grades and teaching methods and techniques which enable students to make real progress during the course. You will also develop successful methods for strengthening the exam technique of all students, helping to improve overall results.


  • Gain key feedback from 2018 to confirm the standards which mid and less able students need to reach in order to succeed in A-level Spanish
  • Explore effective approaches to teaching a mixed ability group that ensure all make progress and achieve their A-levels
  • Take away high quality teaching techniques and activities which build students’ skills and allow them to perform well in the assessments
  • Develop your students’ confidence in speaking, writing and translating
  • Examiner how to encourage independent learning to reinforce and consolidate the course content
COURSE DATE London Friday 29 March 2019
  • All teachers of A Level Spanish
  • Spanish Language Assistants
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
The essentials of the Specification and teaching them for mid and less able students

  • Identify the key skills that students need to demonstrate to ensure success in the assessments
  • Following guidance from Examiner Reports to improve mid-range and less able student performance in the future
  • Teaching activities to develop mid and less able students’ knowledge, skills and confidence

10.45 – 11.30am
Planning to ensure mid and less able students make progress

  • Strategies for developing confidence in speaking and writing in Grades C to E
  • Effective feedback to maintain motivation and progress in the less able students

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm
Grammar as the foundation for confidence

  • Teaching grammar so that less able students make progress
  • Explore how to motivate students to approach grammar with confidence
  • Ideas for teaching grammar through all four skills
  • Ensuring students can answer the exam board assessments and meet the necessary standard

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Teaching film and literature to Grades C to E

  • How to make culture accessible and motivating for the mid range students
  • A range of strategies to help students understand the wider context and be able to utilise it
  • Discover a variety of classroom activities to exploit film and text

2.45 – 3.30pm
Speaking and writing for mid to less able students

  • Maximising student oral and written performance
  • How to teach the less able to craft a well-structured essay
  • Tips and ideas to promote good progress at Key Stage 5

3.30 – 3.45pm
Questions and Departure

  • An opportunity to ask questions

Ana Santos

Ana is an experienced teacher, presenter and examiner for a major exam board and is a Subject Mentor for Spanish Trainees of School Direct Programmes.

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