Head of Department
Mr J Bates
“You can never understand one language, until you understand at least two”. Geoffrey Willans
The importance of foreign language learning is now becoming more essential within our expanding European community and the world of work. With stronger business links with other countries, the ability to use a foreign language is becoming more and more important. The GCSE Spanish course contains three themes which run through all four exam papers:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national and international areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
The GCSE course builds upon what has been studied in Year 9 and is based on the four key language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The examinations are divided into two levels and students will be entered for the one most suited to their ability. Students will be expected to keep a vocabulary book into which useful phrases, vocabulary and dialogues will be written.
The emphasis is placed equally on the four key skills, with each worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. All skills will be assessed by examination at the end of the course in Year 11. Students of all abilities can choose a language at GCSE and the most able linguists would be encouraged to do so.
Choosing to study Spanish is an exciting opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of new cultures, including those of Spain and Latin America. Spanish is an ever-growing language, and with some 437 million speakers, it is the second most spoken language worldwide.
For more information please see Miss Beardsley