Spanish Exam Classes and Tuition

20
Jul

Language students at university – your year abroad

“That time I packed all my belongings into two suitcases and arrived alone in this small city after midnight.” For language students at uni who’re about to start their year abroad, there’s tons of thoughts running through your mind before you move to a new country. I’m rewinding aaaall the way back to my experience when I lived in Santiago
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10
Jul

Transitioning from the Spanish GCSE exam to AS level to A2 level

This summer: What can you expect as you transition from language GCSEs to A Level and then uni? Here’s what I explore: Managing expectation levels Prepping for uni Developing your opinions Honing your presentation and research skills Learning about issues that matter! Gaining a wider outlook of the world Introducing film and literature Consuming news and language tools Adapting to
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28
May

NEW: Spanish GCSE and A Level Exam Membership Classes!

Our Spanish GCSE and A Level Membership classes have now launched! It’s been in the pipeline since Jan 2020 but things have been crazier than we expected recently. These weekly Zoom webinars are taught by our founder Drew, whose students consistently achieve grades 9-7 for GCSE, A*-B for A Level and get into their top choice universities. Designed to support
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15
May

What will UK universities look like from Autumn 2020?

Intake levels 1. There could be a drop in students - many universities are still charging the same fees as before the virus but with no contact hours. Some applicants might question the value that they receive if distant learning models are somewhat passive. 2. There’ll be more students appealing A level results and choose to defer a year/resit exams.
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10
Apr

Using mock exam results to determine final exam grades in 2020

The potential problems with using mock results to determine final exam grades in 2020 1. Grade boundaries aren’t standardised across schools which can impact the results; sometimes teachers are less lenient as they don’t want students to feel complacent before the final exam. 2. Not all schools follow the scheme of work chronologically so students aren’t tested on the same
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28
Mar

2020 Coronavirus exam cancellations – ‘Do I need to bother revising for my GCSE and A level exams?’

'I’m gutted I won’t be able to sit my exams' - 'My teacher doesn’t like me, I’m worried I’ll be marked down' These are some of the many messages we’ve received from our worried students. To all our GCSE, A-level and Degree level students, you're not alone and we've got some advice for you on how to handle the next
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22
Mar

Business and Spanish Degree – Georgie wins uni placement with Danone!

Congrats to our degree student Georgie who’s secured a marketing placement with Danone for her 3rd year out! She aced her telephone, video, face-to-face AND assessment day interviews. She’s been having 1:1 Spanish with us for the last few years to support her though her A levels and her Business & Spanish degree at Exeter Uni. She came to My
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30
Sep

Our brand-new website: The Spanish Academy is now My Language Lab

We’re excited to be merging The Spanish Academy with My Language Lab! We’ve come a long way since we began teaching in our living room... We started The Spanish Academy in Cardiff and as our team of tutors grew, we set up another centre in London, where our HQ is now based. We noticed a trend of students wanting to
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11
Sep

2019 GCSE and A Level Results Are In!

Congratulations to our hardworking students on their recent results. 2018 was a successful year for us and 2019 was even better! All GCSE grades received have been 6 upwards, including 9’s (equivalent to A*-B). Our A level students achieved 100% A*-A grades, which is even better than last year’s results of 100% A*-B grades! What a fantastic achievement! Well done
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9
Jun

Why are French teachers helping with the shortage of Spanish teachers in school?

There’s no denying the fact that the number of full-time teachers is falling and this is backed up by studies and research. There are many reasons as to why this is happening such as workload and pay but Modern Languages is one of the areas being affected. Spanish in particular is one language that’s affected as there aren’t enough qualified

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19
Mar

Former students living the Spanish dream (Part 2)

This month’s blogs come from Málaga in Andalusia, where we’re catching up with different students we used to teach who are now happily settled in their new homes and communities. Next up is Tim and his son Jack, who moved out here along with mum Julie, all from Cardiff. We used to teach them 10 years ago (10 years!) and

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18
Feb

Skype calling!

Skype Classes – What are the benefits? Learning a new language is no longer about sitting in a classroom because the world has changed. Access to languages and Spanish in particular has been enhanced through the implementation of Skype as part of the tuition experience. The majority of people have access to the internet whereas not that many people have

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6
Jun

How to keep your child’s Spanish going after their exam

Your son or daughter’s Spanish will hopefully be at its best in May, but many parents worry about how they may forget their language skills over the long holiday period. Even if your son or daughter decides not to continue with Spanish at A-level, having a language is a big plus for future job opportunities. Therefore, I am going to

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13
Apr

Exam Preparation Classes

As exams are approaching we have many new students who would like to improve their Spanish before their exams and have signed up for classes with us at our branches in London, Cardiff and Bristol. Here at The Spanish Academy, we are delighted to have on board these new students and we look forward to helping them to prepare for

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18
Mar

Spanish exam preparation classes

There is no point denying it – exams are approaching! Whether you are a nervous student or a hopeful parent, it’s time to get serious about your studying. Now that the Easter break is drawing near, most GCSE and A level students will be making the most of their study leave to cram. While the exam period is always nerve-racking,

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26
Feb

Spanish GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff

GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff: Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce our Easter revision course, which will be held in our Cardiff branch on Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm. This course is aimed at GCSE and A level students who are looking to brush up their language skills and

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15
Feb

AS and A2 Level Spanish Easter Revision Course – London

The Spanish Academy in London are offering 1 day AS and A2 Level Easter revision courses for students who wish to consolidate their knowledge and practice exam techniques. Course outline: The course is suitable for all exam boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CIE and IB and is tailored to each student’s requirements (determined at pre-booking assessment). It is an excellent

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12
Feb

The Spanish Academy has arrived in Bristol!

The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce that it has opened its third centre in Bristol. We’ll be providing excellent quality one-on-one Spanish tuition to GCSE and A level students, business clients, holiday makers and anyone else who is interested in learning! We teach in a central location on Portwell Lane with modern teaching facilities, and offer both centre and

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23
Jan

Spanish Punctuation

Correct use of punctuation is important in any language. If you are preparing for a Spanish exam, you’ll need to make sure your punctuation is tiptop for the best mark. Likewise, if you need Spanish for work and you are in constant contact with clients, it would be embarrassing to makes silly spelling mistakes or miss out commas, accents or question

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16
Jan

Masculine and Feminine

For native English speakers, the idea of masculine and feminine nouns and agreements is initially a hard one to grasp. After all, how could an object be a man or a woman? Gender is something that is very common among the languages of the world, and English is one of the few languages that have very few agreements. On the

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9
Jan

Spanish Accents

In English, we have many different accents across many different English-speaking countries: Deep-south, New York, Canadian, Scottish, Northern Irish, Southern Irish, Welsh, East London, Queen’s English, Scouse, Geordie, Yorkshire, Dorset…..just to mention a few. Now that you’ve started your Spanish classes, have you ever wondered if this is the case for all languages? Does Spanish have distinct accents in different

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9
Nov

Spanish GCSE & A level Exam Preparation

Many students and parents worry about how well their school is preparing them or their children for their GCSE or A level language exams, as the results have a big impact on the universities that they will be able to apply and be accepted to. For that reason, many parents choose to put their children into private tuition in order

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26
Oct

Group Classes vs. Private Tuition

At Cardiff Spanish Academy we often receive enquiries from adult learners who have taken part in Spanish courses, perhaps after work or at the weekends, but then decided to give it up for various reasons. At Cardiff Spanish Academy we like to take these reasons into consideration and ensure that we provide a unique and customized service. Take a peak

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26
Oct

Learning Spanish for work – how can we assist you?

At London Spanish Academy we are proud to provide excellent customised Spanish tuition for our students. While we have experience in tutoring school and university exam students, holiday Spanish students as well as providing tuition to those who want to brush up their skills after a while without studying, we also have a significant amount of experience in assisting students

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7
Oct

Benefits of watching a Spanish “peli”

There is no doubt that for learning languages, textbooks, grammar books, vocabulary lists and worksheets are great – they give you heaps of useful words, essential grammar constructions and verbs that are conjugated in every possible tense. However, while knowing the “facts and figures” of a language is essential to be able to correctly express oneself, there are many other
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20
Aug

GCSE Results Day and A level Spanish

GCSE results are out - hopefully you will be taking a big sigh of relief when you open up your results envelope! We certainly have faith that you will have received the grade that you were hoping for, or better. If you are perusing your studies and taking them to A-level standard, you won’t regret it! Studying AS and A2
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18
Aug

GCSE Results!

If you took your GCSE Spanish exam this year you are bound to be anxious about your results, which are just days away! Perhaps you are wondering about the opportunities that are available to you if your results are as you hoped for, or maybe you have not quite reached that level yet and you are still deciding whether or

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12
Aug

AS and A Level Spanish Results Day

As AS and A level results day beckons tomorrow, we examine the importance of how studying Spanish at this level prepares students for future skills. Here we’re highlighting some of the main differences between AS and A2 and also discussing how taking Spanish at A2 level can provide you with many useful skills for your future. What are the main differences

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10
Aug

Let’s talk degree-level Spanish

The wait is nearly over for some of our AS and A2 Level students so this post is dedicated to Spanish exam students. Now that the day has arrived you might well be considering taking your Spanish to the next level – university. Maybe you’ve always known that you would go on to study languages and use them in your career, or

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25
Jul

Back from holiday, now back to the books!

Are you eager to keep your Spanish language skills up to scratch but don’t have the time or means to travel to or live in Spanish-speaking countries? Don’t be dispirited, many people are in the same boat as you. Here at London Spanish Academy we have plenty of students who have come back from trips abroad, having practiced and improved

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17
Jun

BBC Radio discussion on the importance of language learning

In the last 2 months, I’ve been asked to appear on BBC Radio to discuss the teaching of languages in primary up to degree level education. Both talk-ins explored the reasons why younger pupils weren’t taking up Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in school and centred on the government’s initiatives to learn a foreign language from an earlier age. The discussion

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14
Apr

Our appearance on BBC Radio to discuss foreign language exams

Source: BBC News, Education correspondent Sean Coughlan, 13th April 2015 I was asked by BBC Radio to appear on their Good Morning show to discuss whether foreign language exams, especially at GCSE level, are too outdated and need to be more relevant to the younger generation. My thoughts on this are that generally, across all the boards I tutor in (OCR, Edexcel,

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24
Mar

Avoiding common GCSE Spanish exam mistakes

As we approach exam time here at London Spanish Academy, we’ll be releasing a series of blogs dedicated to avoiding the common pitfalls of the Spanish GCSE, AS and A2 level exams. This guidance will apply to all exams taken across the board: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, CIE and IB Spanish students: Here are some common mistakes students make in their

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24
Sep

GCSE, AS & A2 Spanish assessments

This month’s blog post is about the influx of exam level students we have had who are seeking guidance and support from us as they adjust to the next year in their Spanish level, from GCSE to AS Level or from AS to A2 Level Spanish. The jump from GCSE to AS and then again to A2 Level can be significant. The

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20
May

Feedback from Spanish AS level exam revision course

Having recently completed the Easter Spanish AS level exam revision course, it was encouraging to see so many students take the opportunity to consolidate their learning and to fill in any gaps they may have as well as focus on proven exam techniques and past paper practices. Students often appreciate the chance to be able to address any last-minute concerns

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14
Apr

GCSE, AS and A level Spanish exam preparation

Hola, This post is for exam students who are taking GCSE, AS and A level exams this year and beyond. We offer exam preparation classes if students are experiencing difficulties in class. Often, students want extra tuition to bring their grade up a few boundaries, would like help with assessments or improve their general confidence in exams. The difference between

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17
Mar

New students and Spanish AS Level revision courses

In the last few weeks, we’re proud to say that we’ve taken on even more new students who are learning for a variety of different reasons, including those that have a holiday home in Spain, those learning for the pure fun of it and those who one day hope to live in a Spanish speaking country so a big welcome

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