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Ms B Claver MA PGCE (Head of Department)

Mr A Brown MBA BA PGCE

Miss Nicola Wylie BA Ma PGCE

Miss Miriam Martinez Fernandez (Spanish language assistant).

DEPARTMENT AIMS

- To develop pupils' ability to use Spanish as an effective means of communication in both the spoken and written word.
- To introduce pupils to the culture and civilisation of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, thus encouraging healthy and positive attitudes to others and increasing understanding and tolerance of these countries and peoples.
- To encourage pupils to visit Spain or to correspond by letter or e-mail with Spanish young people.
- To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for the world of work, further study, training and leisure

KEY STAGE 3

Every pupil coming into Year 8 has the chance to study French or Spanish.
If you study Spanish in Year 8 you will begin French in Year 9, then you continue studying both until the end of Year 10.

Some of the topics studied at Key Stage 3 include:
- Family
- Personal descriptions
- School
- Hobbies
- House and town
- Daily routine and household chores
- Food

We are currently introducing a digital learning space for all our Key Stage 3 pupils called “Active Learn” which works alongside our textbook and will allow pupils to further practise the skills, grammar and vocabulary learned in class.
http://www.pearsonactivelearn.com

GCSE

At least one of the two languages has to be studied as a GCSE, but a good number of pupils decide to study both of them.

These are the four units being assessed at GCSE.
Unit 1 : Listening (20% of the total GCSE)
Unit 2 : Reading (20%)
Unit 3 : Oral (30%)
Unit 4 : Writing (30%)

In Year 11 we follow the CCEA GCSE Spanish course.

In Year 12 we follow the AQA GCSE Spanish course.
Throughout the 2 years of GCSE the pupils will complete 2 Oral Controlled Assessments and 2 Written Controlled Assessments. Each of them weighs 15% of the total GCSE.
The Reading and Listening Skills are assessed in formal exams at the end of Year 12.

COURSE DETAILS
Throughout the GCSE course pupils study 4 contexts for Learning
- Lifestyle
- Leisure
- Home and Environment
- Work and Education

Our GCSE pupils are provided with access to a digital learning space called Kerboodle, which works alongside their course textbook and provides them with online resources, assessment and homework to support their learning experience.
http://www.kerboodle.com

A LEVEL

The Spanish course introduces a range of topics of interest to young people, and it aims to develop their confidence and competence in spoken, written, reading and responding skills. It seeks to promote a critical awareness and a positive attitude towards the society and culture of Spain. It provides students with a basis for further study at degree level by preparing them to use the language in both social and professional situations.

Pupils study for AS level in Year 13 and may decide to continue on to A2 Level in Year 14. Pupils are expected to produce work at much greater depth and to research topics more independently. They are encouraged to read widely in the A Level topic areas and to compile a bank of information (vocabulary and phrases). They should avail themselves of resources within the department (visual, audiovisual, textual, Internet).

A-Level pupils have weekly classes with our Spanish language assistant. In these lessons our pupils get an opportunity to use their oral skills when discussing topical issues, which is of great help when it comes to the oral exam.

AS LEVEL
Examining Board: CCEA Length of Course: 1 year
Exam Structure: 3 Units

Unit 1
15 minutes external assessment / Speaking test, conducted by an external examiner / 30% of AS level

Unit 2
1 hour / Listening, Reading and Use of Language / 40% of AS level

Unit 3
1 hour / Writing Exam: Writing one structured response in Spanish to a set film / 30% of AS level

A2 LEVEL
Examining Board: CCEA Length of Course: 1 year
Exam Structure: 2 Units

Unit 1
15 mins external assessment / Speaking test, conducted by an external examiner / 50% of Advanced GCE

Unit 2
3 hours / Listening, Reading. Translation into Spanish and writing one structured response in Spanish to one literary text / 50% of Advanced GCE

Careers options
A qualification in Spanish will be advantageous in a great range of careers such as:

Travel and Tourism
Law
Language teacher
Journalism
Hospitality
Careers in the Diplomatic Service
Cabin Crew
Bilingual Secretary
Interpreter/ Translator
Careers in Sale/ Marketing
International Sales Manager
PR
Finance and Banking

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