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Leaving Certificate HL – The Opinion Piece

Sample Opinion Pieces & Notes.

I’ve attached a link to Google Drives with some sample Opinion Pieces that I’ve collected over the years for you to have a look at. I would not recommend learning them off as you don’t know if they’ll necessarily apply to the question your given. Rather look at the structure of the pieces, the vocab and phrases they use, take some ideas from them and write some sample plans.

Remember that when writing an opinion piece once you make your content relevant to the title you should be ok. It’s up to you to make it fit.

You’ll also find some vocabulary and hint sheets on what constitutes a good Opinion Piece though you have most of these already.

Google Drives Sample Opinion Pieces

Leaving Cert HL Reading Practice

Below are a series of links that you can go to to practice reading Spanish and in order to do well at HL Spanish you need to read as much as possible.

Remember it’s as important if not more important to focus on vocabulary as opposed to grammar. Knowing the rules of grammar is only of a benefit to you if you have the vocabulary to apply them to.

As such when studying Spanish you should incorporate as much  reading and listening as possible. Reading refreshes vocabulary already acquired as well as introducing you to new vocabulary. Also try to identify any grammar that you have studied, observe sentence structure and see how this translates to English. Doing so will help not only with Reading Comprehension but also with Written Expression. Some of these sites also have review exercises to test your understanding.

A possible form of written practice would be to rewrite in summary form each paragraph from an article you’ve just read. This is excellent practice for opinion piece writing.

http://www.veintemundos.com/en/

http://www.20minutos.es/

http://www.bbc.com/mundo

http://paper.li/THWprofesora/1353097661

http://www.practicaespanol.com/

http://www.scoop.it/t/spanish-as-a-second-language-1

http://practicopedia.lainformacion.com/

http://www.muyinteresante.es/

http://www.efefuturo.com/

Grammar Revision Websites

The following links are all excellent for revising grammar points. Best practice would be to revise the topic in De Acuerdo or http://www.studyspanish.com (see link below) and then work through the websites to see what exercises you can find. 

Grammar Revision

StudySpanish.com Grammar – Good, simple but basic explanations with some free quizzes attached

BK Nelson Spanish – An old favourite that covers most topics very well. Completely in Spanish.

SpanishDict.com Grammar – Explanations by grammar topic with associated quiz.

Ver Taal Grammar – Excellent site with grammar, vocab, listening and any other number of other components.

Key Vocabulary/Verbs Revision

The following link will lead to a list of key vocabulary by topic. Just click the topic you want to revise and work you’re way down through the list. It makes sense to follow the order of topics according to number so make a start there.

Basic Vocab by topic

Some More Basic Vocabulary by Topic

Key Verbs Conjugation Activities

For more advanced sets check these links:

Spanishdict.com Flashcards – Browse the pages to find the set your looking for then learn and practice with activities.

Studyspanish.com Vocab Lists – Some of these you need to pay for but the basic ones are free anyway.

LC Oral – General Conversation OL

click the link below to access revision flashcards folder for the General Conversation:

flashcards on quizlet

Also click on the links below to listen to native speakers speaking about a range of topics.:

University of Texas – A selection of native speakers talking about a variety of topics. Focus on the recording under the sections Beginners, Intermediate-A and Intermediate-B.

SpanishListening.org – Over 300 recordings of a variety of native speakers talking about a range of topics.