A-level AQA Spanish Paper 1 and 2 Revision and Study ChatWatch this thread
Welcome A-level AQA Spanish Paper 1 and 2 Revision and Study Chat!
The exam timetable is:
Thursday 21st May 2020: Paper 1 (7692/1)
Friday 5th June 2020: Paper 2 (7692/2)
How are you feeling about these exams? Do you feel prepared? What have you started doing to prepare for your exams? Comment down below!
1. Create revision resources, whatever they may be it needs to be what works for you. If writing out notes over and over doesn't work for you, please don't waste your time!
2. Use the revision guide to make your notes, the copy from the exam board is your best bet - rather than using copies from other sources.
3. Create a revision timetable if this works for you.
4. Re-read your notes, repetition is the best method of drilling notes into your brain.
5. As it gets closer to the exams complete past papers. The more the better in the end!
This thread is for anyone that is studying A-level Spanish (AQA). Chat below and find other students in the same situation as you! Help each other revise, study and find resources. Good luck everyone
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That's what I am doing to. Could you help please? My teacher is crap. What grades are you getting, if you don't mind me asking, and could you give me any tips if possible?
for the movie it’s sooo easy to get marks. i’m not a native speaker by the way. the most important thing is accuracy, so grammar is important. my teacher tells us to include these things in every essay:
ni ni clause
no solo...sino también
si clause (use subjunctive such as hubiera, it gains you marks even if you get it wrong)
subjunctive such as no creo que sea/haya
- almodóvar - talk about his background and include quotes. there are so many on quizlet and i get all my quotes from there (including la casa). i have about 3 memorised for volver and it gives me the marks.
- spain (if relevant include franco and all símbolos of spain such as the colours (rojo es un color de la bandera de españa and almodóvar uses it a lot in his film. the theme of death you can talk about how it is viewed positively in spain and of course any tabú link it back to spanish society such as violencia de género hacia Paula) sorry for my spanglish, i get mixed up sometimes and my phone is in spanish so it autocorrects ugh!
la casa de bernada is very hard, all the books are in general. you need a lot more quotes and it’s harder to get marks for analysis. i average around 32/40 for volver but only around 25/40 for la casa T_T i’m working on it...
advice...i would say have set quotes memorised for each character so you can just whip them out in the exam.
look up alll the símbolos you can because they are marks for analysis. if you need i can email pictures of resources my teacher has given me, i find them useful.
use the same sentence structures i mentioned before and more such as any idioms you know.
mention Lorca any time it is possible and relate him to the main themes such as class and the role of women.
this is una obra (forgot how to say obra in english oops) por el dramaturgo so use as much literary language you can such as “acotaciones” (stage directions) and “escenario”.
most importantly link back to the question...if there’s one thing i’ve learnt is that in the movie essay you can get away with not linking to the question as long as your knowledge is suffice but for the book questions you’re DOOMED if you do not link back. all of your analysis will not make sense. say the question is talking about how Lorca’s viewpoints are shown in la obra but you talk about the role of Adela and gender. yeah, great, but it asked about Lorca! in the movie essays the questions are a bit more vague so you can work your way around it if you forget some stuff.
hope that was helpful for anyone who read it, i’m not the perfect student so tips are appreciated. feel free to ask more questions or i can email you resources like i previously said. sorry this was so long lmao
What set introductory phrases/introduction do you use at the start of a spanish film/book essay?
i would include a bit of information about the author/director. so for Lorca I would include he was a famous playwright and poet during the time period and he died just before the end of the civil war.
after i would include an extremely short synopsis of the book/movie eg La casa de bernarda alba is about una mandona that keeps her 5 daughters locked in the house during a mourning period of 8 years, and it leads to the suicide of Adela.
Lastly, i would end the question by directly responding to the question (that does not mean i answer it). for example, i would say, in this essay, i am going to explain how Lorca creates tension throughout the play by using different techniques. End! Then move on to the body of the essay.
it shouldn’t be very long
I really like this play but there are absolutely NO resources to help anywhere and no one else seems to be doing it! I'm finding it so difficult, I am also doing Volver btw
I’m also doing Crónica but Volver instead of el laberinto. Loved analysing the film but found the book a bit long winded to analyse, although it’s an excellent piece of literature.
Thank you! We had a question the other day about how directors techniques represent the regime of terror of living in post war Spain- how would you approach this?
I hope this helps.