GCSE: Spanish

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How to achieve a high grade in GCSE Spanish

  1. 1 Give your opinion in your writing and speaking –

    Me gusta(n) -- No me gusta(n),

    Me encanta(n) -- Odio,

    Para mí -- En mi opinión -- Prefiero.
  2. 2 Use connectives to extend your sentences –





    por lo tanto para + infinitive,

  3. 3 Use past, present and future tenses and indicate them with time phrases/adverbs. If you are writing, for example, about healthy lifestyle it is a good idea to start with a paragraph talking about what you normally do, then something you did last week and finally what you plan to do in the future.

    Ayer fue a la playa.

    Normalmente como la ensalada .

    La semana que viene voy a ir al cine.

Three more things to do to ensure you get a high grade in GCSE Spanish

  1. 1 Check agreements of verbs and adjectives –

    Mi madre está cansada,

    Me encanta la música pop porque es fanàtstica

    Albondigas son deliciosas.
  2. 2 Use complex phrases to impress the examiner –

    Tener que + infinitiv,

    Mas (adjective) que,

    Menos (adjective) que.
  3. 3 Learn how to conjugate these important irregular verbs off by heart –

    Ser (to describe characteristics and permanent ideas),

    Estar (to describe temporary ideas and the place something is),




349 GCSE Spanish essays

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    Speaking Assessment - School. Me gusta mi instituto porque tiene muchas instalaciones buenas como un gimnasio

    5 star(s)

    Overall this is a good preparation plan for a speaking assessment. The Candidate shows that he has understood each and every question and has prepared suitable responses. The range of…

    • Essay length: 454 words
    • Submitted: 18/06/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 05/07/2013
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    Te llevas bien con tu familia?

    5 star(s)

    This was a very good piece of work. The candidate used relevant and detailed responses with great ability to convey information clearly. There is a varied range of appropriate vocabulary.…

    • Essay length: 539 words
    • Submitted: 17/02/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 05/07/2013
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    Social activities GCSE spanish oral

    5 star(s)

    This piece of work deserves a 5-star mark!. Content, range of language and accuracy are of very high standard!

    There are minor mistakes but they do not affect the…

    • Essay length: 815 words
    • Submitted: 15/04/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 06/06/2013
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    School Description. !Ven a mi colegio porque es un colegio fantstico!

    4 star(s)

    Overall this is a very good example of an essay. The grammar construction is mostly accurate. Sentences express complex ideas and a good command of the written language. This essay…

    • Essay length: 750 words
    • Submitted: 08/02/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 06/06/2013
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    La moda y la ropa de marca en la sociedad adolescente.

    4 star(s)

    Overall this was a very good essay; there were good explanations of ideas and opinions. It was relevant to the main topic. Opinions were well developed and clearly expressed.

    • Essay length: 1322 words
    • Submitted: 26/11/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 06/06/2013
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    Mis Vacacciones

    3 star(s)

    This essay has several problems with grammar construction. Many sentences need to be re-written because of incorrect adjectives and articles.

    This essay is just about 3-star mark (mostly because…

    • Essay length: 471 words
    • Submitted: 29/01/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 06/06/2013
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    Spanish: Am I Fit and Healthy?

    3 star(s)

    This was a good essay. Complex ideas have been expressed mostly accurately. It can be improved giving more attention to adjectives and articles.

    This work deserves 3-stars.…

    • Essay length: 831 words
    • Submitted: 17/10/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 06/06/2013
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    Spanish Home Life

    3 star(s)

    The answers prepared are lacking in detail and deserved a 3-star mark (low end of range).…

    • Essay length: 391 words
    • Submitted: 15/07/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 05/07/2013
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    school college and future plans GCSE essay (oral)

    3 star(s)

    Overall this piece of work deserves a 3-star mark (upper end of the range). The answers are relevant to the questions and there are some good attempts at construing complex…

    • Essay length: 900 words
    • Submitted: 15/04/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 05/07/2013
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    Account of a holiday

    3 star(s)

    This essay deserves a 3*. Overall it is easy to read, most ideas are expressed with clarity but it can be improved by using the correct tenses. Also connectives/prepositions need…

    • Essay length: 210 words
    • Submitted: 21/11/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Miguel Porras 01/05/2013

GCSE Spanish will give you an introductory course in the worlds second most common language. Did you know that over 38 million people speak Spanish as their primary language in the USA alone? Add to that the number of speakers in Europe and Central and South America and you'll appreciate that Spanish is a very useful language to know. Like the other Modern Foreign Languages you'll be studying the grammatical rules of the language and a wide variety of grammar.

You'll be learning through the context of everyday situations so you can relate to the material. Using a variety of sources and media you'll develop skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and your eventual assessment will be in all four of those areas.

The written examination requires you to master a strong writing style and Marked by Teachers can help you with that. It has hundreds of Spanish assignments so that you can learn from a bank of great material. Having a GCSE pass in such a popular language is a very favourable accomplishment to have, both in the eyes of university admissions tutors and to potential employers.


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