Herewith we propose a reading exercise, GCSE foundation, based on an AQA specimen past paper exam. You may test yourself with the exam, but it is very helpful to carry out some previous activities before taking the test and after the test to help you learn and reflect.
This is why, we made a list of around 60 words and electronic flashcards that can be revised before or after the reading.
If you are taking the GCSE exam or you are a Spanish student intermediate level, trying to master the 4 skills, this exercise and web is for you.Conjunto de Fichas creado con GoConqr por iciar de yraola
Checking these words will help you revise the topics related to the different texts included in the exam.
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It is very effective to learn vocabulary and then check its meaning in context and see how the words and expressions work together with other words (in context, with prepositions, links…).
How to carry out this reading GCSE foundation exercise if you are a student
If you are a student:
a) Check the list of vocabulary below and try to guess the English meaning without looking. You can check the list at the bottom of this post. Or check the following flashcards:
b) Do the reading past paper:
- If you are taking the exam in a short period of time: do it in exam conditions
- If you are still learning topics:
- Use only the texts of the topics you are familiar with, or
- Do the whole exercise, allow yourself to check and take notes in the list of vocabulary.
- If you didn’t learn the future tense yet, do not do exercise 7 nor 9.
You can find the past paper here: “examen“.
c) Check the solutions: “soluciones”
d) Check the vocabulary again. Now try to guess the Spanish word or expression looking at the English word in the list or cards vocabulary.
How to carry out this reading GCSE foundation exercise if you are a teacher/tutor
On the other hand, if you are a teacher you could:
a) Carry out any previous exercise to activate the vocabulary and expressions included in the text:
- Using this list in flashcards, games, etc.
- Asking the students to revise the list as homework
- Asking the students to work in groups testing the peers
b) Depending on which topic you are working with in the classroom, choose only the questions/texts in the exam related to it. Then you should choose only part of the vocabulary and text, solutions: medio ambiente, transporte, trabajo, etc. also related to the topic and text.
c) As homework you could work with the vocabulary asking the students to write a text with the vocabulary.
Vocabulary list (words and expressions) Spanish GCSE reading Exercise
60 words and expressions as shown in the text
|nadar – natación||swimming|
|el parque temático||theme park|
|la vida sana||healthy life|
|acostarse||to go to bed|
|mantenerse en forma||to keep fit|
|acostumbrarse||to get used to it|
|hace falta||it is needed, it is necessary|
|lo peor es….||the worst thing is….|
|sacar buenas notas||to get good marks|
|derecha||right (opposite left)|
|izquierda||left (opposite right)|
|centro||in the middle|
|mi intención es…||my intention is…|
|tiempo libre||free time|
|espacios verdes||green areas|
|raciones||portion of food|
|enamorarse||to fall in love|
|hombre de negocios||business man|
|perder||to loose something or to miss the bus|
|perderse||to get lost|
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