Mastering vocabulary – Spanish

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Mastering vocabulary – Spanish
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Key stage
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Teaching pack
Vocabulary learning

Mastering vocabulary – Spanish offers research and evidence-based approaches to accelerating vocabulary acquisition for KS3-4 students.

It includes differentiated PowerPoints, collaborative learning activities and photocopiable resources to support comprehension skills for students in years 9, 10 and 11.

The resources draw on:

  • cognitive research into memorisation
  • examiners’ reports from reading and listening papers
  • vocabulary lists from all exam boards
  • best classroom practice by experienced teachers.

Suitable for any exam board, this pack covers approaches to learning, vocabulary starters, games and revision, as well as exam strategies.

What's included?

  • Includes vocabulary starters, games, revision, learning strategies and exam tips.
  • Differentiated resources for years 9-11.
  • For use with AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC exam boards.

What's inside?

Introduction (pages 3-4)

1. Learning strategies (pages 5-17)

  • 10 tips for memorising vocabulary
  • Memory challenge template
  • Word wheel template
  • False friends quilts

2. Vocabulary starters (pages 18-42)

  • Word play starters: opinions
  • Triangle puzzles: time expressions
  • Make the link: synonyms, antonyms and connected words

3. Vocabulary games (pages 43-52)

  • Verb games
  • Snakes and ladders: decodable verbs
  • Speedy verb race

4. Vocabulary revision (pages 53-68)

  • Take 10 words
  • Revision quiz cards
  • Pick ‘n’ mix worksheets

Exam Tips (page 69)

This sample is a revision resource from the Mastering vocabulary – Spanish teaching pack. 

Revision quiz cards

Q: What do the words contento and feliz have in common?


A: They both mean happy.

Q: What do the words divertido and entretenido have in common?


A: They both mean entertaining or fun.

Q: What do the words fatal and malo have in common?


A: They both mean bad or awful.

Q: If someone is muy guapo, what are they like?


A: Very good-looking.

Q: If something is described as bastante guay, what is it like?


A: Quite cool.

Q: What is the opposite of difícil?


A: Fácil.

Q: What is the opposite of útil?


A: Inútil.

Q: Does the word ahora relate to the past, present or future?


A: Present.

Q: Which of the following is not a past time phrase?

  1. anoche
  2. ayer
  3. hoy


A: 3 (today).

Q: Which time frame do you associate with the word próximo?


A: Future.

Q: What is the link between centro comercial and tienda?


A: You find tiendas (shops) in the centro comercial (shopping centre).

Q: What is the literal meaning of the parts of the phrase el fin de semana?


A: The end of week (week end)

Q: When is antes?


A: Before.

Q: What is the connection between the words nuevo and viejo?


A: They are antonyms (opposites) –new/old.

Q: If something is tonto what is it?


A: Silly.

Q: If something is sano, is it good or bad for your health?


A: Good (healthy).

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Excellent collection of resources to aid mastery of vocabulary

Martin Chacon-Rios






Excellent collection of resources to aid mastery of vocabulary

Martin Chacon-Rios