Join expert Samantha as she looks at this crucial aspect of all of the examinations, noted as vital for students to achieve success at all grades in Pearson Edexcel A level Spanish.

The course will focus on:

  • Approaching the exam skills, maximising student potential to achieve their potential
  • Overview of nature, structure and assessment objectives of each paper
  • Developing a range of strategies to tackle the demands of the papers
  • Gaining an increased understanding of the key elements of the exams


  • Deepen your understanding of how to develop grammar skills to meet the key areas of the Pearson Edexcel assessment objectives and mark schemes
  • Take away approaches to support students in critical appreciation and writing essays which provide a critical and analytical response
  • Take away strategies for teaching grammar for all abilities, including A and A*
  • Increase your confidence in assessing the different skills required
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 22 October 2019
  • Heads of MFL
  • Heads of Spanish
  • Teachers of Pearson Edexcel Spanish
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 – 10.50am
The Edexcel Spanish A Level and the importance of Grammar

  • The importance of the different assessment objectives of the A Level and how grammar fits in
  • Ideas and strategies to embed grammar in all aspects of teaching and learning
  • Planning and delivering the course: working to the Pearson Edexcel standard
  • Consistency of grammar across the skills

10.50 – 11.30am
Paper 2: Essays

  • Getting to grips with the nature of the questions
  • How grammar skills are vital for real exam success: where marks are gained and lost on Paper 2
  • Developing the skills required to write high-achieving essays
  • Techniques for developing analytical skills when discussing films and literature
  • Effective strategies to prepare students for the assessment requirements and success in the examinations

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm
Comprehension skills in Paper 1

  • Approaching the Pearson Edexcel A Level topics
  • Innovative approaches to access cultural topics and build vocabulary skills
  • The nature of reading and listening comprehension skills – what Pearson Edexcel examiners want
  • Strategies to prepare students for the summary questions in both listening and reading

1.00 – 2.00pm

Lunch & informal discussion

2.00 – 2.40pm
Improving and extending Translation skills

  • Meeting the demands of the assessment objectives and skills requirements
  • Techniques and strategies for building on GCSE grammar
  • How to ensure grammatical progression and accuracy
  • Focus on translation with practical teaching ideas to take away
  • What does high level ‘grammar’ look like at A level?
  • Explore work at C, A and A*

2.40 – 3.30pm
Paper 3: Speaking

  • Developing the skills tested for Paper 3 with
  • Strategies to make sure students are skilled and prepared for the Individual Research Project
  • The Pearson Edexcel standard for Paper 3
  • Fluency, spontaneity and appropriate levels of complexity
  • Techniques for preparing students to discuss a theme and to talk spontaneously about the topics that they cover

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary discussion and Depart

Samantha Broom

Samantha is an experienced teacher of Spanish and French with extensive experience as Head of Department and an MA in Education. She specialises in teaching Spanish at both GCSE and A Level and has been involved in authoring resources for both Nelson Thornes (OUP) and Pearson. She is an examiner for A Level and has been heavily involved with the PGCE course at the University of Cumbria, including mentoring trainee teachers. Samantha has worked in both state and independent schools and she is an experienced presenter with a passion for using the target language in the classroom, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

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