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I would definitely recommend studying the relevant vocab, expressions, and grammar lessons within the topics of your speaking exam. Try to make a sentence (and practice out loud) for each vocab word included in the section. I would also read out loud all the lessons included in the section, so that you are comfortable and familiar with the topics. If there are any dialogues included in your exam topics, definitely practice those. Te deseo mucha suerte.
Conjugation gender and pronunciation are the three main things they test you on so try and study those three first
PRONUNCIATION Practice your phonetics to improve confidence when speaking and clarity of your pronunciation. They will want to hear your pronunciation. CONJUGATION Make sure you understand verbal tenses and use them accordingly. They usually ask plenty of questions in exams, to make sure your conjugation is on top. GENDER Also, practice the gender of certain nouns and pronouns. You should be able to identify when a word is feminine and masculine (one of the biggest challenges in Spanish I’d say).
Try to ensure you're familiar with your topic(s) and structure it as clearly as you can. Revising tenses is always a good idea too. If you pic 3 to 4 main points for your topic you can go into depth with and then focus on getting it more and more coherent and more and more fluid, you can begin to add in little extras. Anecdotes will show off your use of past tenses and you can always use things like "en el futuro espero que/ creo que/ pienso que" to get the chance to use the subjunctive, conditional and immediate and simple future tenses :) Hope this helps
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It’s a good idea to make sure you’re familiar with the topics covered in your exam that could come up. Revise some key vocab that relates to each topic and have some key verbs stored in your memory for each one. To impress an examiner, always make sure you’re confident on your tenses. For some extra marks and to show the examiner you really know your stuff, try to use some complex structures and phrases (for example Creo que- I think that, Sí pudiera- if I could). Hope this helps!
I would recommend making sure you use a variety of tenses because this will shoe your versatility and get you the higher marks. You can put together some sentences already and have those memorised. If it is a specific topic, then make a list of the key vocab associated with that topic and have those memorised. There are different ways to answer a question. You can ask them to repeat it if you don’t understand it. You can use sentence starters, for eg. pues, se puede, es importante, etc.
Hi, a lot of great advice has already been given! I'd just like to add that you will most likely have a question testing each tense, so be prepared with answers that you can say in multiple tenses! Apart from that, I would advice you learn a couple of colloquial phrases! These are amazing if your answer was generally quite strong, and just want to put the icing on the cake to really aim for that high grade. If you need any help please just message me!
Hey Fatima! For a speaking exam, whatever language it is - it’s important to understand the structure. What questions do they ask? If there is not a set bank of questions it’s a little more difficult... but still getting the framework for how the exam will take place is important. Next, assuming you have a set question bank you should write some answers in English, making sure you use interesting sentence structures and vocabulary - so the examiner can see your range of knowledge. Translate the questions from English to Spanish, either with the help of just your books or also with the help of Google first, then make sure to check you correct all the mistakes Google will inevitably make ;) bring it to a tutor like myself and let’s get cracking!
So assuming you’re sitting AQA Spanish, there are 3 sections, first your roleplay, so before you go into the room with your teacher you will be handed a piece of paper. On the paper will be 5 bullet points and a scenario. For example it could be that you are in a hotel and you are talking to a receptionist. Three of the bullet points will be notes on what to say in Spanish, like where you can eat or how many people are in a room that sort of thing. Then one of the bullet points will be an exclamation mark and that means you’ll be asked an unknown question. This part can be scary because you have no idea what they’ll ask but just try to simplify it in your head. For example they could just ask how long are you staying and then you just say 2 weeks, your teacher will try their best to say it slowly and clearly. The last bullet point is a question mark and all this means is you have to ask the teacher a question. This could be anything relevant to the conversation. Make sure you use your preparation time wisely, you are allowed to bring in the piece of paper in with notes on, so you can write your sentences on the paper and just read it out. After the roleplay you have the photo card, you also must make notes on this during your preparation time. It is just a picture and 3 questions. The picture could be anything but the easy thing about this question is you only need to form a small sentence like, there are people. The next two questions are unpredictable but will be relevant to the picture for example, the picture could be of a wedding and the question could be do you ever want to get married in the future. Your teacher will also ask you 2 other questions which you can’t plan for. Finally the 3rd part of the exam is the conversation, which in my opinion is the best bit! The conversation will be based on one theme you’ve chosen and one that you haven’t. But this one is easier because you prepare them before hand so you already know your answers off by heart! You will also have to ask your teacher one question but they will prepare you for this. Overall, the speaking exam is difficult and can be stressful but once you’ve got the gist of how it all works it will be fine.
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