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I'm in year 10 and in a bit of a strange situation, not meaning to brag but I consider myself above average in Spanish, I've learnt all the core vocabulary and would be very confident of a 9 if I took my GCSE Spanish this week, I can generally talk quite spontaneously and can hold a conversation with a native, through practice of course, thing is, I'm definitely taking Spanish for A-Level, but where do I start if I wanted to begin this summer, I know A-Level languages are meant to be very tricky and I'd be aiming for A/A*, so I would like a head-start, because I love Spanish and I need a very high A-Level grade, my issue is what to learn? Do I just learn whatever I can based on my contexts, and where do I even start?
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Hi!

Firstly, well done you! Languages are difficult yet so important to learn. Applying for jobs, it really makes the difference knowing another language well!

Secondly, I would also say to make sure you do well at GCSE. You may be able to speak Spanish fluently etc (which is fab) but GCSE is very systematic. They are particularly looking at your use of certain tenses etc. so make sure you include them. Without ticking their check list of tenses etc. even with the most sophisticated vocabulary, the grade won't be high.

Thirdly, to actually answer your question. My tips would be:

- If you know what Sixth Form/College you're going to, then maybe check what syllabus they've been following. Then go to that website and download the specification/past papers. This would then be a good start to knowing what will be taught and what you might want to look into.

- I did GCSE and A Level Spanish. I think the main difference was more fluency and subjunctive tense. With fluency, anything like reading Spanish news or watching movies in Spanish will help. If you have any Spanish friends, you can practice writing/speaking etc with them. That can never hurt! (it'll also be good practice/revision for GCSE)

- My A Level in Spanish also had a lot more essay work. Perhaps look at different Spanish essay phrases like "Tener en cuenta" etc.

Hope this helps!! :-)
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Hi!

Firstly, well done you! Languages are difficult yet so important to learn. Applying for jobs, it really makes the difference knowing another language well!

Secondly, I would also say to make sure you do well at GCSE. You may be able to speak Spanish fluently etc (which is fab) but GCSE is very systematic. They are particularly looking at your use of certain tenses etc. so make sure you include them. Without ticking their check list of tenses etc. even with the most sophisticated vocabulary, the grade won't be high.

Thirdly, to actually answer your question. My tips would be:

- If you know what Sixth Form/College you're going to, then maybe check what syllabus they've been following. Then go to that website and download the specification/past papers. This would then be a good start to knowing what will be taught and what you might want to look into.

- I did GCSE and A Level Spanish. I think the main difference was more fluency and subjunctive tense. With fluency, anything like reading Spanish news or watching movies in Spanish will help. If you have any Spanish friends, you can practice writing/speaking etc with them. That can never hurt! (it'll also be good practice/revision for GCSE)

- My A Level in Spanish also had a lot more essay work. Perhaps look at different Spanish essay phrases like "Tener en cuenta" etc.

Hope this helps!! :-)
Thanks! I have a few Spanish friends I play CS with quite often, I'll definetly ask them if they can practice, at this point I know all the GCSE tenses and irregular verbs, I review them at least once per week through Quizlet on the bus, I don't plan on getting complacent! And I know we'll be taking Edexcel so I'll definetly look at some PP's, thanks!
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