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Spanish

Aims

Our aim is to help you to extend your linguistic skills so that you can speak and write Spanish both confidently and fluently. During the course you will:

Develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Expand your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and acquire new skills such as translation and interpreting.
Learn to analyse literary texts and films in the target language.
Recognise the importance of linguistic competence in today’s global workplace.
Learn more about Spanish speaking countries.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

At AS you will cover a range of topics which will give you an opportunity to discover more about modern & traditional values, cyberspace & equal rights within the Spanish speaking world. You will gain an insight into Hispanic culture through the study of modern day idols & cultural heritage and you will also study a film.At A2 you will look at topics such as multiculturalism, today’s youth and different types of government from a Hispanic perspective. You will also study a book and to increase your appreciation of the culture & society of a country where Spanish is spoken you will be able to do an individual research project.  

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to the assessment at AS Level:

Paper 1:
Skills assessed: listening, reading and translation (into English)
Examination length: 1 hour 45 minutes, weighting 45% of AS

Paper 2:
Skills assessed: translation (into Spanish) and writing (based on study of a film)
Examination length: 1 hour 15 minutes, weighting 25% of AS

Speaking:
12-14 minutes (plus 15 minutes’ preparation time before the test), weighting 30% of AS.

There are three parts to the assessment at A2 Level:

Paper 1:
Skills assessed: listening, reading and translation (into English and Spanish).
Examination length: 2 hours 30 minutes, weighting 50%% of A Level.

Paper 2:
Skills assessed: writing (based on the study of a book and a film).
Examination length: 2 hours, weighting 20% of A Level.

Speaking:
21-23 minutes (incl. 5 minutes’ preparation time), weighting 30% of A Level

Desirable requirements

You should have an interest in Spanish language and culture and a desire to extend your knowledge through hard work and independent study. You should be keen to explore how language works and a willingness to communicate with others both in and out of the classroom is a key requirement. We would also strongly recommend that you should have a grade A at GCSE.

How will I study?

Each group is taught by two members of the department. In lessons you will access material from a variety of sources including textbooks, the internet, magazines and films. You will have a weekly conversation slot with the language assistant to help you develop your speaking skills. You will be encouraged to become a more independent language learner and to pursue your individual interests. There will be opportunities to attend film evenings and university language days and to participate in the sixth form study trip to Cádiz. You may also choose to undertake work experience in Spain.

 

I am currently studying Spanish, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. The AS Spanish course covers a broad range of topics which means lessons are always different and interesting. The main difference between A Level and GCSE is the unprepared speaking; however, this is easily overcome due to the speaking sessions with the language assistant. She has helped greatly with my confidence in speaking and at responding on the spot. In the Sixth Form I have been lucky enough to go on trips to Cádiz and Cuba, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The trips also allowed me to experience Spanish and Latin American culture. I have always enjoyed Spanish and, at university, I hope to complete a Science related degree with Spanish as a component because I love the language and having a language is very useful as many employers value this skill highly.”