• Blaine Pike

In brief: What are the top spelling patterns to teach to expand students' vocab?


Continuing with the theme of shameless shortcuts (which basically means exposing students to as much GCSE vocabulary as quickly as possible), I've ranked the top spelling patterns from the AQA Spanish syllabus to help students expand their vocabulary fast.

If you have any students currently self-isolating, you could get them to focus on their vocabulary strategies. Can they work out these patterns for themselves, and/or some of the words in English? These skills are appropriate for all ages and levels.


I've also sorted each tip using my "similarity index", which means cognates and similar words come first in my results (so the students can spot links even faster).


1. Spanish es- ⮕ English s-


There are 21 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



2. Spanish -ado/ido ⮕ English -ed


There are 18 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



3. Spanish -ción ⮕ English -tion


There are 12 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



4. Spanish -io/ia ⮕ English -y


There are 12 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



5. Spanish -ivo ⮕ English -ive


There are 6 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



6. Spanish -encia ⮕ English -ence


There are 4 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



7. Spanish -ente ⮕ English -ent


There are 4 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



8. Spanish -ano ⮕ English -an


There are 4 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



9. Spanish -ario ⮕ English -ary


There are 3 instances of this pattern in the AQA Spanish syllabus.

NB. These results are indicative only, please excuse any anomalies!



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¡Muchas gracias!


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