To my surprise I found out this week that Authentik (the Irish company which produced magazines in French, Spanish, German and Italian as well as some nifty practice tests for GCSE and A Level) has gone into liquidisation. I must admit that their resources (particularly their magazines) were quite expensive which probably put off a lot of students which is a shame.
The good news is that they have made their 2009 Listening and Reading Tests available free of charge. If you haven’t already got these then you can download them here. I am not sure how long they will be available for so I would get in quick.
Listening Practice Tests
Reading Practice Tests
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Doing lots of past paper practise with my AS students I have realised just how much practise some of them need at transcribing what they hear in the target language listening comprehension activities. Each year I say that I am going to do more of it but somehow I never get around to it. Now I have a […]
Introduction to Engrade from Engrade on Vimeo. A couple of years ago I decided to ditch my old fashioned teacher planner and use an Excel spreadsheet to record student grades. My reasons for doing this were twofold: firstly to enable me to filter each student’s grades by skill (listening, reading etc.) to identify where […]
This online magazine has a range of articles (some related to AQA prescribed topics, some not) but all of which are pretty interesting and should be accessible to the majority of students. Many of the articles also have audio versions too which students can use to help them with their listening skills.
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Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo. If you (like me) spend half of your life telling students to put away their mobile phones then you may initially be sceptical about this nifty little tool, which allows you to create very simple multiple choice quizzes and get students to respond as a class […]