As with all exams, GCSE Spanish assessments require robust preparation in order to get through them successfully. What’s more, revising for language subjects is arguably more complicated than others, due to the variety of skills that you need to show off. Of course, you will have to respond to writing and speaking in the language, as well as write and speak the language yourself. So, we have created this set of GCSE Spanish revision resources that we are sure will help you with your revision.
So, you will need many different types of GCSE Spanish revision resources to help you with each type of exam. For example, conjugation exercises will help your writing, vocab lists will help your reading, and audio clips of spoken language will help your listening and speaking skills.
Read on to get started!
What does the syllabus say
Of course, a good place to start with your revision is with the syllabus! The government has set out exactly what it wants exam boards to test for with their Spanish exams, so they can tell you exactly what you need to do to pass. These guidelines also explain what skills teachers should be teaching you in class, and discuss what the aims of the individual exams are. Of course, knowing this information can only help your revision and boost your marks, so find it attached below.
You need to know your numbers
Your ability to use numbers is one of the only things that is guaranteed to come up in a Spanish exam. What’s more, there are a variety of different ways that this ability could be tested, in each of the exams you have to face. So, it is vital that you are as comfortable as possible dealing with numbers in Spanish, including being aware of all the common pitfalls and tricky details. A guide to numbers in Spanish is attached below.
Extra resource: Video pronunciation guide of Spanish numbers.
Ser and estar
As you will be all too familiar with, the two verbs meaning ‘to be’ in Spanish can represent something of a minefield during your language learning. Not only are they both irregular verbs, but they are applied in different ways and hold different meanings. Oftentimes, these differences can be subtle or even seemingly random. However, it is very important that you know the basic rules concerning these verbs, including when to use one and when to use the other. Find our guide to these verbs, including their conjugation tables and common uses, attached below.
The imperfect, future, and conditional tenses
As your teachers will have told you a million times, you will need to use a variety of tenses in your writing if you want to get a good mark. As you may be more comfortable with the more common tenses: the present, the preterite and the perfect tenses, the final of our GCSE Spanish resources will give you a rundown of some of the trickier ones. If you want to perfect your imperfect tense, look no further.
Useful phrases for the writing exam
There are many useful little phrases you can insert into your Spanish writing to immediately boost your marks. These can include phrases for introducing opinions, explaining opinions, and coming to conclusions. Learning some of these key phrases by heart will allow you to use a variety of tenses and grammatical structures more easily, which will only improve your writing. Of course, these are things that examiners love to see in students’ work, and can make you stand out. See below for a list of these steal-able little phrases!
The new internet topic
Vocabulary to do with Facebook and social media will be very useful to have at your disposal for speaking and writing exams. Although such vocab is not on the syllabus specifically, it will relevant and bold to bring out in any question on the topic of ‘the Internet’. So, see below for some Spanish vocab about Facebook, which is bound to make you stand out and impress examiners!
GCSE Spanish Revision Resources
For more GCSE Spanish revision resources, have a look at our guide ‘GCSE Spanish is Easy‘, tailored to the new national curriculum.
Also, we have a newly-created video playlist on YouTube to help you with your Spanish. Practice your pronunciation here.
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