The aim of this updated course is to equip you with practical and enjoyable ideas for teaching GCSE Spanish and giving your students the motivation and confidence to choose Spanish as an A Level option. We will be focusing on the four skills areas with creative examples from the three themes and sub-topics. We will be working with GCSE level materials but looking ahead to start introducing A Level themes and skills so that the jump to A Level is more manageable.


  • Focus on each of the skills with practical examples for the classroom
  • Take away new ideas for each of the Themes
  • Find out different approaches for increased participation in extra-curricular activities which will increase numbers at A Level
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 14 November 2019
London | Thursday 13 February 2020
  • Teachers of GCSE Spanish
  • Heads of Spanish
  • Heads of MFL Faculties
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
Improving student engagement, results and take up at A Level

  • Instilling high expectations and rewarding achievement
  • Introducing A Level themes and skills at GCSE
  • Extra-curricular opportunities that won’t bust the budget!

10.15 – 11.15am
Developing speaking skills and boosting confidence for the oral examination – with examples using Theme 2 topics

  • Having fun with role-plays: taking part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, exchanging opinions
  • Acing the photocard: initiating and developing conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech
  • Exploiting the “chosen theme” for conveying information, narrating events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
New approaches to GCSE reading texts and activities – with examples using Theme 1 topics

  • Using A Level set texts to recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas
  • Identifying engaging material to translate from Spanish into English
  • Ideas to encourage students to create their own reading activities for peer assessment

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Boosting listening skills and tackling the challenging questions – with examples using Theme 1 topics

  • The joys of transcribing! Understanding clear standard speech using familiar language across a range of specified contexts
  • Exploiting transcripts: involving complex language and recognising the relationship between past, present and future events
  • Identifying short narratives and authentic material addressing a wide range of contemporary and cultural themes

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Creative strategies for outstanding writing – with examples using Theme 3 topics

  • The short writing question: answering the bullet points and avoiding “irrelevant material”
  • The long writing question: using independent, creative and complex language to access the top bands
  • Practising and improving translation: applying grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context

3.45 – 4.00pm
Final questions, plenary and departure

Georgina Irvine

With over 20 years’ experience in top independent schools
in the North West and the Caribbean, Georgina is passionate about teaching Spanish language and culture. Her A Level examination results far exceed the national average and the majority of her students chose to continue their Spanish studies at university.

GCSE Spanish