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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 Teresa Montero Crespo (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

All pupils in Year 8 entering the school in September will study both French and Spanish and they will continue studying both languages until the end of Key Stage 3.

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

GCSE

Year 11 pupils must choose at least one modern language for GCSE. Some choose to study two languages.

These are the four units being assessed at GCSE.
Unit 1 : Listening (25% of the total GCSE)
Unit 2 : Speaking (25%)
Unit 3 : Reading (25%)
Unit 4 : Writing (25%)

In GCSE we follow the CCEA GCSE Spanish course. All four skills are assessed externally at the end of the course, in May / June of Year 12.

COURSE DETAILS
Throughout the GCSE course pupils study 3 contexts for Learning
- Context for learning 1 : Identity, Lifestyle and Culture
- Context for learning 2 : Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
- Context for learning 3 : School Life, Studies and the World of Work

Our textbook is called AQA Spanish Higher and is published by Oxford University Press. Pupils get a booklet in Year 11 which contains the Minimum Vocabulary prescribed by CCEA along with Grammar notes, exercises and examples of Role-Plays.

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

40% of the full A-level course
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 and 12% of A-level.

Unit 2
2 hour exam/ Listening, Reading and Translation and Grammar / 40% of AS level and 16% of A-level.

Unit 3
1 hour Writing Exam: Writing one structured response in Spanish to a set film / 30% of AS level and 12% of A-level.

A2 LEVEL

60% of A-level course
Examining Board: CCEA Length of Course: 1 year
Exam Structure: 3 Units

Unit 1
15 mins external assessment / Speaking test, conducted by an external examiner / 18% of A-level.

Unit 2
2 hours 45min exam / Listening and Reading and Translation / 24% of A-level.

Unit 3
1 hour Writing exam : writing one structured response in Spanish to a set literary text. 18% of A-level.

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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