This new course will demonstrate how to guide your students to perform to their full potential in the A-Level Spanish Paper 3 (Speaking) examination. It will cover all aspects of the oral examination set AQA. 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 Spanish A Level speaking that which will stretch and challenge all students and develop their higher-level oral communication skills. Using examples from a wide range of topics and “tarjetas”, the course will outline what is expected of A Level students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • A detailed focus on the most popular and the most challenging topics
  • Acquire new and creative strategies and approaches for teaching the challenging aspects of spoken Spanish
  • Reflect on examination question types and how to maximise student performance
  • A full and clear explanation and guidelines on preparing your students for the IRP
DATE & LOCATION London | Wednesday 17 June 2020
* Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.
  • Teachers of AQA Spanish
  • Spanish Language Assistants
  • 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

  • Analysis of the AQA summer 2020 A Level “tarjetas”
  • Using the AQA examiners’ feedback and report to support excellent teaching and assessment practices

Morning session: Focus on the “tarjetas”

10.15 – 11.30am
Acquiring AO4 throughout the two-year course

  • What is classed as AO4? How much needs to be known?
  • Creating a bank of interesting, accurate and varied cultural knowledge
  • Cultural topic random question generator
  • Practising general conversation in class and with the Spanish language assistant

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.30pm

New and innovative ways of practising the “tarjetas” and reaching the top bands

  • A detailed look at the marking grid and how to get into the top bands
  • What do students, and teachers, find difficult about the A Level “tarjetas”
  • A look at how to tackle the more “difficult” questions and topics
  • A look at how to avoid over-simplifying the “easier” questions and topics

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

Afternoon session: Focus on the IRP and Revision and Practice

1.30 – 2.45pm

  • Following the rules and guidelines
  • Inspirational and original ideas for choosing a topic
  • Creating opportunities to plan, research and produce a practice IRP
  • Creative questioning techniques that will bring out the best in your students

2.45 – 2.50pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.50 – 3.35pm
Preparing your students for the oral examination

  • Suggestions on where, when and how to include speaking assessments in the two-year Scheme of Work
  • Guidance on timing and preparation in examination conditions
  • Asking the examiner questions in the “tarjeta” conversation

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Georgina Irvine

Georgina Irvine has over 20 years’ experience teaching A Level Spanish in top independent schools in the UK and abroad. As an experienced examiner of AS and A Level Paper 2 she will share her knowledge of best teaching practice and examination technique. She is an expert in Spanish literature and cinema and produces her own resources and cultural blog. She now runs her own independent Spanish language consultancy for schools and businesses.