ABOUT THIS COURSE

This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to write excellent essays in A-Level Spanish examinations. 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 film and literature which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level writing skills. Using examples from a wide range of set texts and films, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Analyse the AQA summer 2020 essay questions for film and literature
  • Como Agua Para Chocolate – take away advanced approaches, in depth scrutiny
  • Focus on the transferable skills in studying other key literary works and other key cinematic works
  • Reflect on examination question types and how to maximise student performance
  • El Laberinto del Fauna – where do students go wrong? Writing about character development, responding to challenging questions
DATE & LOCATION London | Thursday 18 June 2020
* Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • Teachers of A Level Spanish
  • Heads of Department for Spanish
  • Heads of Faculty for MFL
COURSE CODE 7926
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • 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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

 

10.00 – 10.15am
Overview

  • Analysis of the AQA summer 2020 essay questions for film and literature
  • Using the AQA examiners’ feedback and report to support excellent teaching and assessment practices

Morning session: Focus on Literature


10.15 – 11.30am
Como Agua Para Chocolate

  • Identifying and overcoming key challenges for students and teachers
  • Avoiding common pitfalls when answering question on “Como Agua”
  • Opportunities for higher level language and complex structures in essay writing
  • Encouraging personal reaction and analytical responses
  • Question types and good planning

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.30am

A focus on transferable skills in the study of other key literary works: La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Réquiem por un Campesino Español & Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada

  • Commenting on socio-historical and political background
  • Showing understanding of the characters – writing complex, sophisticated and original character profiles
  • Practical session: Applying the mark scheme – looking at AOs when marking A Level essays on film

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

Afternoon session: Focus on Film


1.30 – 2.45pm
El Laberinto del Fauno

  • Where do they go wrong? Ensuring accurate content on the historical and political context of the film
  • Writing about character development
  • Preparing students to answer difficult questions on themes
  • Responding to challenging questions on cinematic technique
  • Focus on exam questions

2.45 – 2.50pm
Discussion: afternoon tea


2.50 – 3.35pm
A focus on transferable essay writing skills in the study of other key cinematic works: Volver, María, Llena eres de Gracia & Las Trece Rosas

  • Including relevant essay writing vocabulary and structures
  • Excellent planning – not losing focus on the essay question – introduction, core content and conclusion
  • Developing top band content, language and accuracy
  • Practical session: Applying the mark scheme – looking at AOs when marking A Level essays on film

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.