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A Level Spanish – materials for the AQA A level Spanish course

 

 

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Introduction to the AQA Spanish A level text book (including AS)

This post contains :

  1. The themes covered in the book
  2. The topic content of each unit
  3. The grammatical content of each unit
  4. Details of strategies for students to use to improve in the four skills – speaking Spanish, writing Spanish, reading Spanish and listening to Spanish

This Spanish A level text book covers the four themes of the A level Spanish exam:

  • Aspects of Hispanic Society
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World.

The book is broken down into different units as follows:

Unit 1

  • the differences in family life past and present
  • some famous religious traditions in the Hispanic world and the influence of Catholicism
  • the institution of marriage in Spain and the divorce rate
  • the difference types of family that exist and their experiences and difficulties

Unit 2

  • the use of the internet and its positive and negative features
  • how new technologies change our lives
  • the different uses of smartphones and their influence today

Unit 3

  • a historical perspective on the changes and improvements in women’s rights in Spain.
  • women’s opinions about their status in society
  • the opinions and differences of LGBT communities in different Latin American countries
  • improvements in the situation of women in the Hispanic World

Unit 4

  • the influence of famous singers and musicians in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Hispanic sporting role models and their influence
  • the influence of celebrities from the world of television and the cinema in Hispanic countries

Unit 5

  • Holy Week festivities and their regional variants
  • the world of bullfighting in Hispanic countries
  • the immensely varied gastronomy of Spain
  • the official languages of Spain and their importance

Unit 6

  • The Spanish conquest of Peru and the location of Machu Picchu
  • The work of the great Mexican artists Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo
  • The variety and importance of Arabic architecture in Spain
  • Flamenco, tango and other musical styles in the Hispanic world

Unit 7

  • Immigration in Spain: origin, distribution and integration
  • The plight of illegal immigrants in Spain, their life and experiences
  • Mexican immigration to the United States and its consequences

Unit 8

  • Expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain and their current situation
  • The measures taken to combat racism in certain Latin American countries
  • The anti-racism laws of Spain and Bolivia

Unit 9

  • The historical coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims
  • Different opinions and points of view about the integration of immigrants or other social groups in educational establishments
  • Integration and co-existence of social groups and immigrants in Spain today

Unit 10

  • The political orientation of young people in Spain and Latin America
  • The problem of youth unemployment in Spain and ask America
  • The aspirations of young people and their ideal society

Unit 11

  • The dictatorship the Franco
  • The evolution of the Spanish monarchy in the last 100 years
  • Two Latin American dictatorships: Pinochet in Chile and Castro in Cuba

Unit 12

  • Trade unions in Spain and direct action in the hispanic world
  • Social protests in Argentina and Chile respectively
  • the 15-M protests in Spain and similar ones in Argentina

Unit 13

  • The social impact of the most representative artistic movements and styles of the last 100 years
  • The risks and dangers of the Internet and ways of protecting ourselves
  • The Catholic Church in this panic America and Pope Francis

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The following grammatical structures are covered in each of the units:

Unit 1

  • The present tense of regular and common irregular verbs, including radical changing verbs
  • The position and agreement of adjectives, including apocopation
  • Reflexive verbs, various tenses
  • Interrogatives

Unit 2

  • definite and indefinite articles
  • comparative constructions
  • direct and indirect object pronouns

Unit 3

  • The imperfect tense, contrasting it with the preterite tense
  • Verbs with “Gustar” type constructions
  • The perfect tense
  • Expressions of time

Unit 4

  • The use of the near future and simple future tense
  • The different uses of the infinitive
  • Negative constructions

Unit 5

  • The preterite tense
  • Basic structures of the present subjunctive
  • Relative pronouns
  • Uses of the imperative

Unit 6

  • The uses of por and para
  • Some of the uses of ser and estar
  • Active and passive voices including the personal se
  • Instructions with verbs followed by proposition

Unit 7

  • The conditional tense
  • Gerunds
  • Relative pronouns

Unit 8

  • Past participles in a variety of different ways
  • Radical and orthographic changes of some verbs
  • Condition expressions with probable, improbable, and impossible meanings

Unit 9

  • The present subjunctive
  • Indirect and direct object pronouns
  • Active and passive voice, including further use of se

 Unit 10

  • Compound tenses
  • Adverbs
  • Impersonal verbs

 Unit 11

  • Ser and estar, including the passive voice
  • Subjunctive across a range of tenses and in different ways
  • The subjunctive in main clauses

Unit 12

  • Word order in Spanish
  • Comparative and superlative constructions
  • Subordinating conjunctions

Unit 13

  • Cleft sentences
  • Indirect speech
  • The subjunctive, including the indefinite antecedent

Please click on the links below if you would like to browse other books that deal with Spanish grammar

A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish

A Spanish Learning Grammar

Edexcel International GCSE Spanish Grammar Workbook

English Grammar for Students of Spanish

Edexcel A level Spanish grammar

Basic Grammar of Spanish: Book A1-b1 Revised and Expanded Edition 2013

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 Strategies to improve students’ attainment in all four skill areas, namely speaking Spanish, reading Spanish, listening to Spanish and writing Spanish

This Spanish A level text book is also full of excellent strategies to help advanced level students in improving their competence in Spanish.

The strategies are broken down on a unit by unit basis as follows:

Unit 1

  • Using bilingual dictionaries: paper and online
  • Organising notes a S/A-level course
  • Learning techniques to memorise vocabulary
  • Participating flown in conversations (including repair strategies, circumlocution)

Unit 2

  • Finding effective reading strategies
  • translating from Spanish to English accurately
  • translating from English to Spanish accurately

Unit 3

  • Summarising and extracting key points from text and audio passages
  • Finding and using suitable online material
  • Taking the initiative in conversation
  • Organising effective notes for A-level revision

Unit 4

  • Listening strategies
  • Techniques for extending vocabulary
  • Finding and using synonyms and expressions with similar meaning

Unit 5

  • Producing interesting sentences when writing and speaking
  • Answering questions effectively on reading or listening passage in Spanish, including inferring information
  • Improve the exam techniques for reading tasks
  • Acquiring techniques for listening tasks in the AS exam

Unit 6

  • Checking and editing writing to improve accuracy
  • Comparing contrasting viewpoints and adding personal opinions
  • Planning and carrying out AS revision
  • Listening to native speakers

Unit 7

  • Adapting a text to your own needs
  • Planning on going tasks to to bring language up to A level standard
  • Researching a prominent figure from the Spanish speaking world

Unit 8

  • Weighing up different opinions and drawing conclusions
  • Learning and using more sophisticated vocabulary
  • Employing a variety of sophisticated grammatical structures

Unit 9

  • Researching a single event or series of events
  • Extracting and summarising information from longer passages of text
  • Drafting and re-drafting written work to increase accuracy and avoid errors

Unit 10

  • Learning how to react to the unpredictable in conversation
  • Developing arguments from different angles
  • Translating from Spanish into authentic English

Unit 11

  • Learning other techniques relevant A-level listening tasks
  • Translating from English into accurate and authentic Spanish
  • Adding more variety to your language, such as idioms and synonyms

Unit 12

  • Inferring information from listening material such as interviews all reports
  • Using new techniques in A level reading tasks
  • Using a variety of techniques to hold the interest of your audience when speaking

Unit 13

  • Planning and carrying out effective A-level revision
  • Appreciating different registers and when to use them
  • Knowing how to manage time when completing exam tasks

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