School Life

School Life

School Vocabulary and Subjects

  • Learn and understand vocabulary and phrases concerning school subjects like ‘matemáticas’ for maths, ‘ciencias’ for sciences, and ‘historia’ for history. Know how to express likes and dislikes regarding these subjects.
  • Familiarise yourself with words regarding homework and assignments. ‘Deberes’ is Spanish for homework, and ‘proyecto’ is the word for project.
  • Recognise different types of schools, such as ‘colegio’ (primary school), ‘instituto’ (secondary school), and ‘universidad’ (university).

School Structure and Routine

  • Understand the Spanish school timetable structure or ‘horario escolar’. Look into terms like ‘primera hora’ for the first hour and variations for subsequent hours.
  • Be able to talk about school facilities in Spanish, such as ‘biblioteca’ (library), ‘laboratorio’ (laboratory) and ‘gimnasio’ (gym).
  • Comprehend the grading system in Spain and how it differs from the UK. For instance, they use 1 to 10 instead of letters.
  • Understand terminology around school rules and behaviour. This might include ‘reglas’ for rules, ‘comportamiento’ for behaviour, or ‘castigo’ for punishment.

Teachers and Teaching Styles

  • Know how to discuss your teachers and their teaching styles. Use phrases like ‘Mi profesor de inglés es muy exigente pero divertido’ which means ‘My English teacher is very demanding but fun.’
  • Familiarise yourself with the word ‘profe’ – a slang term for professor or teacher in Spanish.

Future Studies and Employment

  • Be prepared to discuss future plans post-school including ‘universidad’ (university), ‘formación profesional’ (vocational training), or ‘trabajo’ (work).
  • Practice how to express your ambitions, hopes, and fears regarding school and future employment. This might include phrases like ‘espero asistir a la universidad’ (I hope to attend university) or ‘tengo miedo de los exámenes’ (I’m afraid of exams).

In Preparation for the Exam

  • Remember to practise all this vocabulary in the context of different tenses – present, past, and future – to be fully prepared.