Spanish

What does the course involve?
You will continue to develop your speaking skills from GCSE, enabling you to debate issues with fluency and confidence. You will study texts of a more abstract nature which are firmly rooted in the Spanish and Latin American world. You will learn more about Spanish and Latin American daily life, institutions and culture. Your vocabulary will widen and you will be able to understand more complicated articles. You will learn to use languages in a literary context by studying Spanish and Latin American 20th and 21st century short novels, plays and poetry as well as a wide range of films , and articles in journalistic registers.

How will you learn?
You will read a wide range of materials including newspapers and magazines, Internet items and literature. You will listen to and sometimes watch news, discussions and documentaries. Students will be expected to communicate in Spanish whenever possible, in every lesson. Lessons will concentrate on active tasks in speaking, role-plays, debates, reading newspapers, texts such as poems short novels or plays, watching films, listening and holding discussions on video work for comprehension and, of course, grammar.

What exams and coursework are involved?
All exams will be taken at the end of Year 13

What are the entry requirements?
Grade 6 in Spanish. Students should enjoy discussing issues in Spanish, and be interested in the wider culture, reading independently and developing a more ambitious vocabulary.

What could you do after completing the course?
There are now many opportunities for people with language skills. Language graduates have the highest employment rates of any graduates due to their social and communication skills. The Civil Service, Diplomatic Corps, banking, insurance, hotel and catering, tourism, transport, law, sales, fine arts and antiques, not to mention translating and interpreting for bodies such as the EU, all call for language competence alongside other skills. Also the fact that you have mastered a language to A Level means that you will be able to learn other languages much more quickly and easily if required to do so in the future. We usually recommend to our students combined university courses such as Spanish and Management, Engineering with Spanish, Spanish and Law as offering better employment possibilities than a straight language. Alternatively you will be qualified to take up new languages at university, especially Eastern European or Asian languages, which are much in demand these days.

 


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