Girls in Years 8-11 are taught the subject to GCSE. They follow a lively new course supplemented with interactive and online activities and opportunities for independent reading and listening. We promote listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and offer a good grounding in grammar. ICT is also used to complement the course.
All girls study aspects of Hispanic culture and produce work which illustrates topics of interest. From Year 11 onwards, girls have weekly lessons individually or in small groups with the Spanish Lectora who also runs the Spanish Club with the help of girls in Year 13.
At AS and A2 we follow the AQA specification with topics ranging from family life in Spain to Latin American novels. Courses are supplemented with audio-visual materials and on-line resources. Students can also watch Spanish programmes broadcast live via the Internet. They are encouraged to borrow Spanish and Latin American films, documentaries and DVDs from the department's audio-visual library.
Recent extra-curricular events have included Salsa dancing, a tapas evening, a Skype link with a partner school in Chile, cinema evenings, and a Language Day at Salford University. A team of Year 13 students also took part in the regional debating competition held at Cheadle Hulme School.
At Easter girls from Year 10 participate in the Spanish Exchange with students from a school in Málaga. Sixth Form girls are also given the opportunity to attend a Language Course in Cádiz and to undertake work experience in Spain.