By means of a thematic approach, you will get to know the culture, history, politics and everyday life of Spain and Latin America. You will learn to speak and write at length in Spanish about these aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures and societies. You should expect to engage in whole class discussion, small group work and pair work. You will develop analytical and evaluative skills
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Edexcel (1-2 years)
Minimum Entry Requirement
5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including Maths and English, plus grade B in Spanish GCSE.
By means of a thematic approach, you will get to know the culture, history, politics and everyday life of Spain and Latin America. You will learn to speak and write at length in Spanish about these aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures and societies. You should expect to engage in whole class discussion, small group work and pair work. You will develop analytical and evaluative skills and improve your level in the four basic language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, and you will also have the opportunity to visit Spain on the annual college study trip. Enthusiasm and a commitment to learning are essential to language acquisition at this level.
The practical, applied approach to the study of Spanish at this level means that it is useful to students of the arts and sciences alike. The course will enable you to progress on to further study of languages, whilst being equally rewarding for those not intending to pursue the subject beyond AS / A Level.
The course will move you on from GCSE covering the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also gain a greater knowledge of grammatical structures and so develop accuracy in the language. Teaching is based on a thematic approach and the language is taught through a variety of contemporary issues, using a range of authentic resources, to support the new specification.
Unit 1 - Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish (8 - 10 minute assessment)
Section A: You respond to questions set by the board on a topic related to your chosen topic area.
Section B : You will thenengage in a broader discussion of the chosen topic
Unit 2 - Understanding and Written Response in Spanish (2 hours 30 mins)
Section A : A Listening exam in which you will answer questions on recorded texts.
Section B : A reading exam in which you will be required to answer questions in Spanish on a series or written texts.
Section C : A writing exam in which you will be required to write 200 - 220 words in the form of a letter, a report or an article.
Unit 3 - Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish (11 - 13 minutes)
You will carry out an argument on an issue of your choice for 5 minutes. The conversation will then extend to related topics.
Unit 4 - Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish
Section A: A short written translation
Section B: A Spanish Language discursive essay
Section C: A research based essay in which you write 240 -260 words on a subject, chosen by you,related to Spanish culture or society.
The course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills further whilst continuing to enhance your knowledge of the target language, countries and cultures. You will use the language to present viewpoints, develop, analyse and evaluate arguments both when speaking and writing. You will study aspects of the contemporary society and culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
There are many good reasons to study Spanish, and these include:
- Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world.
- Spanish is spoken in 23 countries as a first language.
- Knowledge of a foreign language is highly valued by universities.