Unit 1 – Asking and saying where you are going to; places in town and the verb ‘ir’ in full and how to say ‘to’.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say where they are going, using all persons singular and ‘we go’.
Most students will be able to conjugate ‘ir’ in full.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to conduct simple conversations on where people go and giving an opinion.
Key vocabulary: el centro commercial = the shopping centre; el Mercado = the market; el almacén; the department store; el polideportivo = the sports centre; el estadio = the stadium; el parque = the park; la estación de trenes/autobuses = train/coach station; la plaza de toros = the bullfight ring; la tienda de regalos = the gift shop; voy – van = I go – they go; Voy al cine = I go to the cinema; Vamos a la playa = We go to the beach.
Unit 2 – Asking and giving directions.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to ask and understand/give basic directions using the informal register.
Most students will be able to use more than one way to ask for directions and the formal register.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to research more places in town and use the extended vocabulary.
Key vocabulary: ¿Dónde está…/ Where is.. ? Sigue todo recto = Go straight on; Toma la primera/segunda/tercera a la izquierda/a la derecha = Take the first/second/third on your left/on your right; siga/tome = formal register (you)
Unit 3 – Giving more detailed directions and describing the location of places in town.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to say some sentences giving more detailed information and using some prepositions.
Most students will be able to say if a place is near/far and how long it takes to get there.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to research numbers up to 100 and use them to say how far places are e.g. ‘Londres está a ochenta kilómetros de Cambridge, está a cincuenta minutos en tren’.
Key vocabulary: …está = it is.. al final de = at the end of; al lado de = next to; delante de = in front of.. enfrente del/de la… opposite the… cerca = near; lejos = far; a 10 kilómetros/ a 5 minutos andando; a 5 minutos en coche = 10 km away/ 5 minutes by foot/ 5 minutes by car; sube/a = go up; baja/e = go down; tuerce/za cross; el puente = the bridge
Unit 4 – Geographical and cultural background knowledge about Spain and its islands; describing towns.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to produce a basic description of Cambridge or of any other town/place they live or know well adapting model texts.
Most students will be able to produce a more extended description of a town and will include negative and positive aspects and an opinion.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to include more varied expressions of opinions and learn their paragraph by heart for an oral presentation.
Key vocabulary: ¿Cómo es tu ciudad/tu pueblo/tu barrio? = What is your town/villa/neighbourhood like? Es tranquilo/industrial/historic/importante/ bonito/comercial/antgiuo/turístico = It is quiet/industrial/historic/important/ nice/commercial/old /touristic; hay/tiene un castillo/un palacio/aeropuerto/ un parque nacional/ unas fábricas/monumentos/pollution = There are/it has a castle/a palace/an airport/a national park; some factories/monuments/contaminación; hay mucho que hacer/mucha marche = there is a lot to do/lot’s going on.
Unit 5 – Asking and saying what the weather is like.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to ask and say basic weather phrases and write what the weather is like in different parts of Spain according to the information from a weather map.
Most students will be able to write their own weather forecasts in the present tense.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to research more weather vocabulary and use these in a weather forecast they produce in the present and near future tense.
Key vocabulary: ¿Qué tiempo hace en..? What is the weather like in..? Hace sol/calor/frio/viento/fresco/mal tiempo/buen tiempo = It is sunny/hot/cold/windy/fresh/bad weather/good weather; hay niebla/tormenta = there is fog/storms; llueve = it rains; nieva = it snows; la primavera/ el verano/el otoñ0/invierno = the spring/summer/autumn/winter.
There are regular vocabulary and grammar tests throughout the unit. Students are assessed on their writing, speaking, reading and listening skills.
How to help your child
Please use the vocabulary on this unit under the homework on the website to support your child’s work at home. Please test your child on the related vocabulary, orally and/or in writing. Encourage your child to use the sound files underneath the vocab files. They should listen and repeat several times. Please encourage your child to do learning on a little and often basis as this is the most effective strategy for learning vocab.
Please encourage your child to use a dictionary or online dictionary such as www.wordreference.com to check the meaning of words in their homework book and NOTE this on the text. Encourage your child not to rush their written work but to check all language carefully, using model texts and a dictionary.
It is best not to leave homework until the night before it is due in, in case there are difficulties or questions the teacher could answer. Useful supporting material can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ and on http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html a free online resource available after 4pm and before 9am and weekends.