Cultural Podcasts for A Level

French, Spanish and German

Original podcasts provide authentic and engaging cultural insight!

6 topics | 12 podcasts | 18 worksheets

Designed to inspire A Level students and spark advanced learning, podcasts and activities showcase challenging language in a natural and informal way.

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J Parker, Asst. Director of Languages & Peer Reviewer

A male and a female native speaker provide varied cultural perspectives from different target-language countries on topical issues – based on the A Level specs – to boost knowledge and generate debate.

Students will enjoy the slightly less formal style and how chatty and easy to understand the hosts are, and teachers will love the factual input on some of the ‘heavier’
A Level topics

A Watson, Teacher & Expert Reviewer

Your students will:

  • hone their listening comprehension skills and develop better pronunciation
  • learn new vocabulary and grammar to reuse – including idioms, colloquialisms and key expressions
  • apply their knowledge to a variety of stimulating activities

Structured learning:

Each podcast is accompanied by two podcasts with transcripts of about 450 words each and three worksheets.

Worksheets 1 and 2 contain activities on:

  • vocabulary and grammar
  • listening comprehension (including answering comprehension questions, writing a summary, choosing the correct summary, picking the correct statements etc.)
  • translation (into and from the target language)

In each section worksheet 1 relates to speaker 1 and worksheet 2 to speaker 2

Worksheet 3 contains activities on:

  • grammar
  • speaking
  • creative expression

In each section worksheet 3 relates to both speakers

What do teachers say about this resource? (9588)

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What a fantastic resource! I LIKE EVERYTHING! This is the most exciting product on the market for AQA A Level Spanish that I have seen in 10 years! Apart from the 'Getting to Know Guides' every teacher should treat their students to this very useful, informative and progressive resource. The activities are engaging, educational and formatted brilliantly. It starts with vocab, grammar and builds into practice exercises, translation and then to independent activities requiring speaking and creative writing etc. All aspects of grammar are incorporated. Excellent idioms 'ponerse la piel de gallina etc. Excellent stop and think questions 'escalofrío which is super for differentiation. This is a superb, well devised, progressive, stretching and highly appropriate resource for A Level Spanish. It will really help my teaching of the challenging topics like racism and immigration. Students will be able to access the higher grades with these manageable activities by native speakers using current and topical language.

J Parker, Asst. Director of Languages & Peer Reviewer

It covers the A Level topics in a young person, friendly and accessible way. Presenting a series of podcasts destigmatises listening comprehension by presenting what are essentially listening comprehension exercises in a less threatening way. This resource integrates, comprehension, grammar and translation skills. It would be a good focus for a topic-specific lesson and also could be used for independent learning given transcripts and answers are provided.

G Fagan, HoD and Peer Reviewer

I really like how it really caters for a range of skills (listening, grammar, comprehension, summary writing and translation) [and the] focus on authenticity and range of accents and voices. This is very comprehensive and it cover many necessary areas. I really like the range of idiomatic expressions and the fact that there is some focus on them. The questions are in line with exam board papers.

R Bravo, HoD and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9631)

The idea of the podcasts is excellent, up to date for the public it aims to reach and engage. It can be used independently, in and out of the classroom . The practice of all the elements of the exam is particularly useful as the vocabulary can be reinforced through all the different activities. I am sure this will enhance the knowledge the students have to date of the topics on offer in this resource. The versatility of use of the resource will no doubt enhance learning.

C Hicks, Examiner and Peer Reviewer

Very good resource. Challenging activities... Good cultural awareness and exposure to the French language closer to how it is spoken in real life.

N Bourguilleau, French Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The topics chosen are excellent. Having podcasts and activities around them is a great idea.

S Fleet, French Teacher and Expert Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9629)

All podcasts and exercises are targeted at A Level topics common to all boards. Content is clearly produced by a native speaker, using plenty of topical A Level vocabulary and structures. Students will enjoy the slightly less formal style of the texts, how chatty and easy to understand the hosts are, and teachers will love the factual input on some of the ‘heavier’ A Level topics.

A Watson, Teacher & Expert Reviewer