Session 2: Looking at the A Level through the lens of Cultural Knowledge and Communication to bring focus to the overall course


This is Session 2 of a series of 2 webinars. The course offers an overview of nuts and bolts teaching and learning at A Level. It highlights priorities for planning and classroom practice, drilling down to lesson level activities and approaches. It gives insights into how experienced teachers use their knowledge of how different areas of the course can reinforce each other efficiently, bringing overall coherence to the teaching of grammar, cultural content, communication and sophistication of language.

It is suitable for anyone just starting to teach, in the first years of teaching A Level, or wanting to enhance their confidence in their teaching of A Level Spanish. The main focus will be on the AQA specification, with ideas transferable to other exam boards.

Can be bought with Teaching A Level Spanish Effectively 1: Insights and Focused Approaches webinar for £200.


  • Provide teachers of A Level Spanish with ideas and confidence to teach different components of the course effectively.
  • Explore the implications of teaching classes of different sizes and students with differing levels of Spanish.
  • Enhance their confidence in planning and teaching lessons which can efficiently pull together different aspects of the course.
  • Gain insight into how cultural content and language-learning interact in lessons and in the exam requirements.
  • This particular session will focus on communication and cultural knowledge, giving coherence to teaching and learning in the course as a whole.
DATES & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • NQTs in Spanish.
  • Teachers aiming to teach A Level in the future or who have just started teaching A Level for the first time.
  • Teachers who want to enhance their confidence in teaching A Level.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


16.00 Welcome and Introduction to A Level teaching.

  • A recap of the array of things A Level teaching can mean and the challenges it presents.

16.05 The speaking exam stimulus cards:

  • What knowledge to we need to equip students with?
  • How do language-learning and cultural knowledge fit together?
  • The criteria for success.
  • 16.30 The Independent Research Project:
  • How to weaponise the rest of the course so students can approach the IRP with confidence and independence.
  • Developing research throughout the course.
  • Overlap with speaking skills and criteria with other aspects of the course.

16.45 Interlinking the 4 skills:

  • Powerful low-prep activities that develop processing power for the listening exam.
  • Interactive lessons that target the skills which underlie specific question types in the Listening, Reading and Writing exam.

17.00 Literature and Film:

  • Linking the set texts to other aspects of the course.
  • Developing ability to write about set texts from the start, not at the end of studying them.
  • Interactive lessons for structuring an essay.
  • Finding powerful ideas that can answer an essay question.

17.15 – 17.30 Time for questions and discussion.


Vincent Everett

Vincent has over 25 years’ experience of teaching A Level Spanish. He is a teacher and writer, including the OUP A Level Spanish Grammar and Translation Workbook. He is well-known as a speaker at conferences and workshops for the Association for Language Learning and he tweets as @veverettmfl . He has ideas and advice to share, but he also prefers to make webinars an opportunity for teachers to participate, contribute and network.