LA VIDA ESCOLAR – Talking about School Life

Talking about school life, your teachers and what you are like as a student is another topic that will most likely come up during your GCSE Spanish exam. So, it is good that you are prepared with enough resources (vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical resources) to do it. It is something that we are going to do with a video and some additional activities.

In the video, you will watch some young people talking about how a good teacher should be. You will also watch a teacher giving his opinion on how a good student must be. These expressions can be used to give your opinion as well or you can use them, for example, to describe your favourite teacher.

Talking about School life for the GCSE Spanish

To make the most of the video, take a pencil and paper and write down those expressions that you think may be useful to you if you need to talk about school life during the exam. You can also stop the video to repeat what they say and improve your pronunciation.

Spanish GCSE writing exam

¿Y tú cómo crees que debe ser un buen profesor? Leave your opinion in the comments below!

Click on the link to download the transcription of the video (only for VIP students). 

Let’s see some ideas about how you can transform video sentences for talking about your school life in Spanish.

“Me gusta mucho mi colegio, nos enseñan a pensar y cuestionarnos (wonder about) las cosas, también participamos en actividades muy interesantes ¡Me encanta ir a clase”

“Es mi profesor/profesora favorito/favorita porque sus explicaciones son claras y las actividades y trabajos muy interesantes. Además, es simpático/simpática y nos motiva a aprender”


Notice that, in the video, the verbs “DEBER (to must)” and TENER QUE (to have to) are used to express obligation, but also the Spanish verb «COSTAR (to cost/find something hard). The three of them are followed by an infinitive.

Spanish verb COSTAR

The Spanish verb COSTAR (click here to see its whole conjugation) can be used to ask or say the price of something:

¿Cuánto cuestan estos pantalones?

Este video juego no me costó muy caro.

But also to indicate that something is difficult for us. In that case, we will use it as the verb «GUSTAR»: me cuesta/n (I find hard), te cuesta/n (you find hard), le cuesta/n ( he/she finds hard)…

Me cuesta entender las matemáticas.

Lo que más me cuesta es recordar el vocabulario.