Freaky Fiction for GCSE Spanish

This range of compelling, genre-specific narratives and accompanying exercises merges teen-friendly themes with essential GCSE skills.

It’s unusual to find a foreign language resource that students can use completely independently and this enables them to work completely on their own

L Perry, HoD and Peer Reviewer

If your students are more interested in the latest sensation in teen fiction than the complexities of the Spanish language, if they prefer vampires to verbs, then look no further!

  • Carefully written, authentic and compelling stories broken into six manageable chapters
  • Differentiated exercises covering a wide range of skills: vocabulary, grammar, translation, comprehension, speaking and writing
  • Support sheets provide additional scaffolding while extension tasks stretch the most able
  • Includes full answers for easy self-, peer- and teacher assessment
  • Starter and advanced packs available to suit different stages of the course and varying abilities

And with authentic texts, translation practice, relevant topical links and historical and cultural references aplenty, you can be sure you are preparing students for the expectations of the new 2016 GCSE specifications. What better way to get pupils enthused about language?


Starter Packs – designed for GCSE Year 1, or lower-ability groups
Freaky Fiction: GCSE Spanish Starter Pack (Dystopia) In Zaragoza, a deadly attack by the terrifying Los Imperos has brought on a new ice age, forcing a group of survivors to live in a hidden crypt below an old monastery. Leading the rebellion against the ruthless dictators are Ankira and Joaquín- but is it too late to salvage their barren city and broken society…?

Advanced Packs – designed for GCSE Year 2, or higher-ability groups
Freaky Fiction: GCSE Spanish Advanced Pack (Sci-Fi) An ordinary camping trip takes an unusual turn for four teenagers when they stumble upon a mysterious cabin in the woods. Armed with new-found superpowers, the friends set out to save their town from destruction, but not everything goes to plan. A playful take on the superhero genre.
Freaky Fiction: GCSE Spanish Advanced Pack (Thriller) A gripping suspense story set in Colombia. When Luís, a seventeen-year old boy from Barcelona, arrives on a visit in Cartagena de Indias, he witnesses a kidnapping of a young girl. The kidnappers’ threats prevent the crime from being reported to the police, yet Luís cannot forget about the beautiful Ximena… can he save her from a terrible fate?

What do teachers say about this resource? (6652)

It's well-made and very useful. The use of Spanish is impeccable and the exercises are very well-focused.

L de G., Teacher and Peer Reviewer

I particularly like the differentiated support than would allow weaker students to access the material and make the reading actually enjoyable. I really like the scaffolding of activities in the build up previous to the reading, the fact that it enables students to access and practice grammatical concepts, so that it is not only based on reading comprehension. Students would identify themselves with the characters and although it makes sense to read all 6, it is possible to use just one or 2 stories to fit in with the demands of the curriculum.

R Bravo, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

I liked the logical step by step/scaffolded/supportive grammar approach. It’s unusual to find a foreign language resource that students can use completely independently and I this enables them to work completely on their own. The initial skills to encourage them to look for cognates and work out meaning were good. It incorporates new skills such as translation in line with recent changes and the new GCSE exams.

L Perry, HoD and Peer Reviewer