Year 8 Languages

Grammar

  • Common patterns of adjectival agreement (singular and plural):
  • -o, -a, -os, -as plus -e or consonant in singular changing to -es in plural.
  • Possessive adjectives: mi/mis, tu/tus, su/sus
  • The present tense of key irregular verbs (hacer, ir, ser, tener) and the stem-changing verb jugar (singular forms only).
  • Expressions of frequency (e.g. a veces, todos los días)
  • Simple questions using ¿Qué?, ¿Cómo?, ¿Dónde?, ¿Te gusta?
  • Hay/No hay…
  • Expressions of opinion followed by the infinitive ( e.g. me gusta mucho, me encanta, no me gusta nada)
  • Present tense verbs from 2nd and 3rd steps (plural as well as singular forms).
  • The present tense of estar and use for location.
  • The present tense of querer.
  • The near/immediate future tense (ir a + infinitive).
  • Impersonal verbs (most common) (e.g. llueve, nieva, hace sol/frío).
  • Other connectives (e.g. porque, cuando).
  • Time expressions, including future (e.g. los lunes, por la mañana, a las tres de la tarde, mañana por la tarde)

Listening

  • Demonstrate understanding of main points, opinions and some details in short passages which include reference to either the present or the future (including some grammar up to and including the 4th Step).
  • Transcribe short phrases.

Speaking

  • Take part in simple conversations, referring to the present or the future.
  • Exchange opinions and give simple reasons.
  • Describe and give information in short dialogues using familiar vocabulary and common grammatical structures (including some grammar up to and including the 4th Step).
  • Begin to speak spontaneously (e.g. by giving an unsolicited opinion).

Reading

  • Demonstrate understanding of main points, opinions, overall message and some detail in short written texts, referring to the present or future.
  • Understand short texts written for target-language learners (e.g. menus, short adverts, songs, simple poems).
  • Use a bilingual dictionary or glossary to look up unfamiliar words.
  • Translate simple sentences containing familiar vocabulary and grammar (including some grammar up to and including the 4th Step) into English.

Writing

  • Write short texts for different purposes using mainly memorised language, referring to the present or the future.
  • Express opinions and give simple reasons.
  • Translate simple sentences (including some grammar up to and including the 4th Step) containing familiar words and structures into the target language.
  • Generally use straightforward language accurately and meaning is clear, but there may be errors with verbs.