Year 8 Languages

Grammar

  • The preterite tense of regular -ar, -er and -ir verbs
  • The preterite tense of ir and ser
  • Two tenses together (present and preterite or present and near/immediate future)
  • Me gustaría + infinitive
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives including, mejor, peor, mayor, menor
  • Other negatives: nunca, no… nada
  • Modes of address: tú, vosostros/as, usted, ustedes
  • Past expressions (e.g. el año pasado, el sábado pasado)
  • Indefinite pronouns: algo, alguien
  • Adverbs of time and place (e.g. aquí, allí, ahora, ya)
  • Disjunctive pronouns: conmigo, para mí
  • Indefinite adjectives: cada, otro, todo, mismo, alguno
  • The preterite tense of common irregular verbs (hacer, tener, ver) and stem-changing verbs (jugar, sacar)
  • The present tense of poder
  • Se puede + infinitive.
  • Se debe/No se debe + infinitive
  • Tener que and hay que + infinitive
  • The imperative (tu form only)
  • The present tense of reflexive verbs (singular forms only)
  • Three tenses together (present, preterite and near/immediate future)
  • Me duele/Me duelen + noun
  • Demonstrative adjectives: este/esta/estos/estas
  • Questions using a range of question words: ¿quién?, ¿adónde?, ¿por qué?, ¿cuándo?, ¿cuánto?, ¿cuál?
  • Prepositions por and para

Listening

  • Demonstrate understanding of short and longer passages which include opinions with reasons, a range of basic grammatical structures and reference to the present, the past and the future, spoken clearly (including some grammar up to and including the 6th Step).
  • Transcribe sentences.

Speaking

  • Take part in longer conversations, expressing and justifying opinions, giving detail and referring to the present, the past and the future.
  • Use a range of common vocabulary and grammatical structures (including grammar up to and including the 6th Step).
  • Demonstrate spontaneity by asking unsolicited questions, and expand answers.
  • Use increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

Reading

  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of short and longer texts which include opinions and refer to the present, the past and the future.
  • Read short authentic texts (e.g. adapted adverts, information leaflets, poems and songs).
  • Translate short passages containing a variety of tenses, vocabulary and grammatical structures (including some grammar up to and including the 6th Step) into English.

Writing

  • Write short texts in a range of contexts, giving and seeking information and opinions and referring to the present, the past and the future.
  • Use style and register appropriately in familiar settings.
  • Translate longer sentences containing linked ideas (including some grammar up to and including the 6th Step) into the target language.
  • Writing is mostly accurate and meaning is clear, but with some minor errors (e.g. spellings, genders, agreements) and an occasional major error (e.g. with verbs and tenses).