Year 8 Languages

Grammar

  • 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).
  • 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.

Listening

  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of short passages which include opinions with basic reasons, details and reference to either the present and the past, or the present and the future, spoken clearly (including some grammar up to and including the 5th Step).
  • Transcribe short sentences.

Speaking

  • Take part in short conversations on a range of topics, describing, informing, expressing opinions and giving reasons.
  • Demonstrate spontaneity by asking some unsolicited questions.
  • Refer to the past or future, as well as the present, using a range of familiar vocabulary and common grammatical structures (including some grammar up to and including the 5th Step).
  • Use increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

Reading

  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of short and longer texts which include opinions and refer to the past or future as well as the present.
  • Use processes to work out meaning in short authentic texts (e.g. adapted adverts, poems and songs).
  • Translate longer sentences into English, showing awareness of familiar grammar (including some grammar up to and including the 5th Step), especially tenses.

Writing

  • Write short texts giving and seeking information and opinions, referring to the past or future as well as the present.
  • Translate longer sentences (including some grammar up to and including the 5th Step) into the target language writing will be mostly accurate and meaning is clear but some minor errors (e.g. spellings, genders, agreements) and some errors (e.g. with verbs and tenses).