Topical Articles for Gifted and Talented GCSE French, German and Spanish

2016 Specifications

12 interesting, up-to-date articles linked to target-language culture and 2016 specification topics! Texts cover marriage, sporting events, protests, festivals, social media, the environment and more! Ranging from 200 to 300 words, these include articles, forum posts, interviews and reports.

  1. Starter
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammar
  4. Comprehension
  5. Writing or Translation
  6. Creative Task

A series of challenging activities linked to skills required for both language learning and the exams accompanies each text to ensure students get the most out of what they read.

  • Great as ready-made cover or homework
  • Ideal for extension and independent learning
  • Answers included
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9806)
'The reading texts have a very high level of challenge in terms of advanced vocabulary. The activities following each text focusing on consolidating the vocabulary with pupils are excellent, especially as they focus on the higher level vocabulary and are varied with each text, meaning they aren’t repetitive for pupils. The grammatical activities are of an excellent standard, focusing on the grammatical structures needed by pupils to gain marks in the higher bands of the linguistic complexity aspect of the mark schemes. Some translations very challenging, with some being even more at AS level (e.g. on Worksheet 2), which is a very good level of challenge for higher ability pupils and teachers can even point out to pupils that they are good preparation for A-Level. This is a very useful feature of these.' C Hennessy, HoD and Independent Reviewer
'The layout is fantastic. It follows a logical order and has a variety of activities included, which tackle the requirements of the GCSE. The topics incldued are not necessarily specific to a certain exam board, which is fantastic as it can be therefore used by all exam centres. It has also given an insight into the cultural aspects that are not always covered in lessons, which is a real bonus. Articles and topics are kept up to date, and therefore relevant to students. The variety of tasks in itself will progress learning, but the thought process is what makes it more impressive, as it requires students to think logically about things and the difficulty in tasks becomes progressively harder as they work their way through.' S Durrant, Head of MFL and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9399)
'This resource is absolutely fabulous. It promotes independent learning in a well-structured, authoritative manner, guiding the student through a wide variety of well-thought out activities, whilst preempting and expecting their predilection for self-study and background reading.' P Naylor, French Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
'I really like the resource as a stand alone activity possibly for homework or a cover lesson. It could also be used for a differentiated activity within lessons. I feel it would be a good way to not only stretch the most able but could also be used as a bridge between GCSE and A Level. I like the way that the text is deconstructed through the activities underneath. The use of an initial vocabulary activity allows a secure understanding of the context before moving on to the grammatical activity and then an application activity. It is a good way to keep grammar relevant snd revisiting structures higher ability pupils should know whilst stretching through context of texts.' K Seazell, Head of MFL and Ind. Reviewer
'I thought the resource was well thought out and offered several topics, all closely related to the GCSE topics. The articles were more challenging than in most text books but, because of the recent contexts used, were more accessible. I particularly liked the articles about charity and the environment as they are difficult topics to make engaging.' L Wright, Head of MFL and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9400)
'I really liked the texts. I feel that the level of German is challenging, but understandable for higher ability students who actively engage with the texts. They also touch upon topics that students might study at A level, should they wish to continue their languages studies. I especially like the vocab building activities, which go far beyond the GCSE spec and are therefore well suited for students aiming at a grade 9.'