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Communicate with the 400 million speakers of the world's third most spoken language in the world
A Level Spanish requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Spanish and a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.
This A Level covers a range of social and cultural topics that relate to the countries where Spanish is spoken, such as changes in family; sexism and the rights of the LGBT community.
You will be using a range of skills to study both these topics and the film Volver as well as the novel Como Agua Para Chocolate or La Casa de Bernarda Alba. As a research project in your second year, you will be able to choose a topic related to a Spanish-speaking country to discuss in your speaking exam. Weekly speaking sessions with a native speaker will help build up your confidence and improve your fluency. We currently offer a residential trip to Seville.
Lessons are varied, with an emphasis on communication, but accurate grammar too. You will have access to online resources at home and in college in order to support your progress. Spanish can be studied in combination with any course. Graduates in Spanish are in high demand and languages students’ skills are highly valued by both universities and employers. Wyke students have gone on to university to read Hispanic Studies; Law with Spanish; International Relations and Linguistics.
Most of your lessons will be delivered in Spanish and half of them will take place in the computer room where online resources, such as Kerboodle are often used.
As well as 4×70 minutes lessons with your specialist teacher, you will have a 30 minute session with the Foreign Language Assistant each week. Topic booklets/handouts based on the AQA recommended texts and materials, are issued throughout the course to every student.
Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of the artistic culture of Spain, including music and cinema, and learn about political engagement in the countries where the language is spoken. In addition, students explore the influence of the past on present-day communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of the country and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text and a film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
• Aspects of Spanish society: current trends and issues
• Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
• Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world
• Individual research project ( based on a sub-topic of one of the above topics)
• One text and one film
This course is assessed by 3 examinations which take place at the end of the second year.
You must have exposure to the target language wherever possible. If you get the opportunity to travel abroad or talk to people from Spanish speaking countries, take it.
Watch films or listen to music in the target language, read newspapers, magazines, books and websites and look at the BBC language courses online. Vocabulary and grammar are vital, so learn little and often, and really try to develop the habit of language learning.
Ensure you know the key verbs, such as ‘to have’ and ‘to be’ and the forms of these and other common verbs in the present, perfect and future tenses. Use www.languagesonline.org to practise.
Make for yourself a list of 20 expression phrases e.g. In my opinion, I think, I’m not convinced and so on and learn them, so they can be used when you give your views on any topic
Studying languages can open up a wealth of opportunities. It can mean working in the more obvious fields such as translating, interpreting, tourism or teaching, but also in sales, marketing, law, journalism, IT and public relations, where a language, often combined with another expertise, really opens up doors for you. Many careers require language skills to cope with the global market place, international trade and e-commerce. The internet has made access to other countries and markets much easier, so effective communication with potential clients is vital for online companies. Language skills give students cross-cultural competence, enhanced employability and a lifelong skill. To employers they give added value, access to new clients and markets, high level communication skills, a wider perspective, open mindedness and a sensitivity to other cultures.
At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.
As a language student, you will be offered a range of trips and cultural visits abroad to develop linguistic, cultural and personal skills. We currently offer a visit to Seville in Spain, a trip to France and a visit to Berlin in Germany. All these visits, run by experienced staff, offer a packed programme of cultural, educational and social events.
Closer to home, staff arrange for students to attend Language Days and employability sessions at Leeds and Sheffield University plus local film and theatre events when the opportunity arises.