Mastering GCSE translation – Spanish to English

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Mastering GCSE translation – Spanish to English
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This GCSE teaching pack consists of 10 PowerPoint files with accompanying photocopiable resources and is designed to improve students’ skills at translating from Spanish to English.

Based on careful analysis of examiner reports and on teacher feedback, the pack focuses on 10 key skills, each linked to a different topic.

The pack includes tasks for Foundation and Higher tiers and exam-style assessments. Weave the activities into your teaching throughout the GCSE course or use as a revision tool in the run-up to the exam.

Mastering GCSE translation – Spanish to English will prepare students for the last question in the Spanish reading exam with AQA, Edexcel or Eduqas.

What's Included?

  • 10 differentiated PowerPoint lessons on GCSE translation skills (into English)
  • Engaging learning activities across 10 topics
  • Exam-style assessments for Foundation and Higher, with answers.

What's inside?

Introduction (page 4)

Teaching Notes (pages 5-6)

Lesson 1: Precision (Topic: family and friends) (pages 7-11)

  • Learning activity: quiz, quiz, trade
  • Precision assessment and answers

Lesson 2: Time frames (Topic: technology) (pages 12-15)

  • Learning activity: collaborative translation
  • Time frames assessment and answers

Lesson 3: Negatives (Topic: free time) (pages 16-20)

  • Learning activity: verbal dominoes
  • Negatives assessment and answers

Lesson 4: Articles and adverbs (Topic: customs and festivals) (pages 21-27)

  • Learning activity: one pen, one dice
  • Articles and adverbs assessment and answers

Lesson 5: Pronouns and possessive adjectives (Topic: house and town) (pages 28-32)

  • Learning activity: four in a row game
  • Pronouns and possessive adjectives assessment and answers

Lesson 6: False friends (Topic: social issues) (pages 33-36)

  • Learning activity: card sort
  • False friends assessment and answers

Lesson 7: Connectives (Topic: global issues) (pages 37-41)

  • Learning activity: running translation
  • Connectives assessment and answers

Lesson 8: Unknown words (Topic: holidays) (pages 42-46)

  • Learning activity: card game
  • Unknown words assessment and answers

Lesson 9: Checking the basics (Topic: school) (pages 47-53)

  • Learning activity: find it and fix it
  • Checking the basics assessment and answers

Lesson 10: Common sense (Topic: work and future plans) (pages 54-58)

  • Learning activity: back to back
  • Common sense assessments and answers

This sample shows a student activity from the Mastering GCSE translation – Spanish to English teaching pack.


Collaborative translation cards

Foundation translation

Mi nuevo portátil es genial.

Anoche usé Internet para hacer todos los deberes.

Fue muy útil y más rápido que estudiar sin ordenador.

Mañana voy a comprar ropa en línea.


Higher translation

Tengo nuevo móvil desde hace dos semanas.

El fin de semana pasado saqué muchas fotos graciosas.

Mañana, se las voy a enviar a todos mis amigos.

Utilizaré las redes sociales porque son la mejor manera de estar en contacto con otros.


Collaborative translation card answers

Foundation translation

My new laptop is great. Last night, I used the internet to do all my homework. It was very useful and faster than studying without a computer. Tomorrow I’m going to buy clothes online.

Higher translation

I’ve had my new mobile phone for two weeks. Last weekend I took a lot of funny photos. Tomorrow I’m going to send them to all my friends. I’ll use social media because it’s the best way to be in contact with others.

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