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Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:48 pm


I'm in year 10 at the moment,

I'm finding it really challenging in Spanish as we have just started the GCSE course in September, we have also changed teachers in October last year and we have done one speaking already and I got a F in that because I had no idea what I was doing and we have one coming up a week on Wednesday. i'm really worried about this because I cannot learn it all in a week but I need to try is there any tips anyone would give me? My mum said I could give up Spanish but I would rather not because there is nothing else for me to do as we do not have any special needs department at school. Has anyone got a C or above in Language GCSE? I find it trouble to memorize all of it as there is a lot to remember. Any advise anyone could give me who has been in this situation before?
If I could I'd rather not give it up but I know it's defientley more stress and I would like to review it agian in September because the new teacher we have isn't as good as the other one and the other one may be coming back in Septmember and I know she would help me through it.


Re: Languages-spanish

Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:33 pm

It is possible to get a high grade in languages even with the problems dyspraxia can bring to academics-I got an A in French despite only 18 months of proper teaching-my first French teacher hated England and English people and all of his lessons were basically French propaganda with no teaching at all-it's a wonder how he was allowed to remain in teaching so long (he got sacked when the staffing was revamped in the wake of being put into special measures by OFSTED and having a new headmaster come in to sort us out). I think it helped that I used to go to France every summer as a child and I was also one of the few people of my age who learned French in primary school. Unfortunately, despite gaining an A at GCSE in it, I can no longer construct a sentence and only remember basic vocabulary such as the days of the week and colours but that is because I haven't practised it and so it hasn't stuck in my memory, to my regret-I plan to change this in time and get a more working knowledge of the French language again. My advice to you is to make use of the resources available to you. Does your Spanish teacher offer extra lessons after school to help with vocabulary and oral preparation? The French language assistant during my GCSE years offered these and I attended every single one although I have to confess that my attendance wasn't wholly down to wanting to achieve a high grade in French although that did form part of it but more down to the fact that I had a massive crush on the language assistant (he was 23/4 at the time and I was a 15/6 year old with raging hormones) :lol: If this support is not offered at your school, I would see if there is a licenced Spanish tutor in your local area who could support you to a more extensive level. It may mean having to take Spanish lessons after school or at weekends but it is worth it for a decent grade. Also maybe look into a Spanish penpal-I know it's rather an old fashioned idea but writing to each other in your respective languages could really help you become immersed in the language. Does your school have links with any school in Spain? If so, speak to your Spanish teacher about it. I would advise against dropping it at the moment-wait and see what happens and, if you are still struggling in September, then consider dropping it. I'm not sure what you could replace it with though as, when I was disapplied from Design and Technology GCSE, I had designated lesson periods to concentrate on work for other lessons and revision for upcoming exams. Good luck-I am sure things will turn around for you.

Re: Languages-spanish

Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:14 pm

I am in Year 10, not doing Spanish but I am doing French. I find that for speaking assessments particularly the best thing to do is to make sure you know exactly what you are supposed to be talking about - that way even if you can't remember the exact wording you can attempt to come up with something along the same lines, instead of panicking.

I'm assuming it's the same for Spanish, but in french we're allowed a certain amount of words to use on a cue card, so for this I'd recommend writing down the words you struggle to remember. For the cue card I often use different colours for different topics etc, as this helps you to remember what you're meant to be talking about. I'd recommend carrying around the cue card for a few days prior to the test, just so you can go through it every now and again, as this helps it stick in your mind.

Overall, if you have a specific topic to talk about in the assessment, find a way to link it to yourself, as this will help you remember it. For example, if the topic is what you did last weekend, don't just make something up, try to include what you really did do, because even if you can't remember exactly what you wrote you'll remember what you did, so you can attempt to wing it! :)

I hope it goes well for you :) xx

Re: Languages-spanish

Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:28 am

A bit off topic but I just remembered an experience I had with my GCSE Speaking exam. I always get very nervous before any exam and I was so anxious that I started crying. The language assistant I mentioned in my previous post on this thread was attempting to calm me down but didn't really know what to say. When I went into my teacher to do the exam, she left the tape running while she went on a rant about how men can't deal with emotions :lol:

Back on topic, the cue card idea is a good one.

Re: Languages-spanish

Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:29 pm


Thank you all very much! Since i wrote this post I spoke to my SENCO about this and she spoke to the spanish teacher about this and she has given me an extra two weeks to learn my speaking which is really good because i've only done other so far and i panicked so much? my friend who panicked had her teacher in with her to calm her down. I go to quite a small school and they don't have very good facilities so no after school classes run which a shame! I have been offered a spanish teacher and my mum found one but it's no point at the moment because all the work you do in your speaking has to be your work which is a shame.

The conclusion i have come too if i get too panicky and find it hard to learn it all in the next couple of weeks i will consider coming out of it. I have seen a specialist teacher recently to be assessed and the lady cannot believe that i'm still in Spanish because she knows that i would struggle and not sure if i would get a GCSE in it as i could be dedicating my time to other subjects I find hard!

i am very shy and i had to be encouraged by my close friends to go and speak to my SENCO about spanish, i'm so much more confident and i'm not sure more often i should arrange to have a meeting with her as she can make my learning more easier any suggestions about this?

Any other suggestions would be good? I have a few weeks to worry about panicking as i'm prone to doing this!

Thanks so much for all the posts so far!
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