Archive for 29 mayo 2014

Leaving Cert – Verbs of Becoming/Change in Spanish

The following links might shed some light on the various way one describe ‘change’ in Spanish:

A review from About.Com

Another review with a few other verbs referring to specific types of change


Leaving Certificate Revision

The following links will be a great help over the next few weeks. Remember it’s not all about practicing exam questions. If you can read even one article in Spanish a day or listen to 5 minutes of Spanish Euronews in the morning then you’re at an advantage.

Ideally you want to read and listen to as much Spanish as possible over the next month and be sure to pay attention to, not just the vocabulary, but the grammar and sentence structure which will in turn help with writing.


Reading Comprehensions: – Good up to date news articles that can be selected according to category and level. You should be focusing on Niveles B and C. You also have the option of listening to the articles. – Similar set up to above but without associated exercises. – Another excellent site with associated exercises and grammar points. There is a listening component with this also.


Listening Comprehension – Podcasts in Spanish, focus on intermediate and advanced. Some parts are in English, good for idioms at times. – Native speakers with a variety of accents discussing a range of topics. Again focus on Intermediate and Advanced. Associated key vocab and grammar points. – good for Listening and Reading.


Grammar Revision – An old favourite – Explanations by grammar topic with associated quiz. – Good simple but basic explanations with some free quizzes attached Very good self correcting exercises. – Excellent site with grammar, vocab, listening and any other number of other components.



The Impersonal v Passive ‘Se’

A useful explanation of the difference between the Impersonal and Passive ‘Se’ for those of you that have an interest. It’s not always the easiest thing to get one’s head around.

Leaving Cert Essay Titles (all in one place)

A really helpful post from another Spanish teacher’s blog that brings all essay titles together in one post. Good preparation would be to work through these building arguments, vocab and verbs for each.

Pancomido: learning & teaching Spanish

I’ve gone back in my past papers to 1997 (!), where I also found a sample paper included in the past papers, and I’m putting them altogether here in one place, which is useful for both teachers and students. You can see that from the sample to 1999, there was no choice of title. You will also notice that the earlier titles are more complicated  – in relation to vocabulary and understanding the title, rather than the content – than the more recent titles.

The essay is worth 50 marks – 25 for content, 25 for language – which works out at 12.5% of your total mark. It’s a good idea to go through the essay titles preparing mindmaps for each, even if you don’t actually get to attempt a full essay for each title.


El ocio es tan importante como el trabajo.


No hay vida sin trabajo.

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