Spanish

The Spanish department is part of the Modern Languages department, situated in the Library block. Spanish is a thriving subject with a large number of pupils taking the subject at GCSE, A level and for the IB Diploma Programme.

In an ever-shrinking world, many employers highly value the ability to speak a foreign language and our aim is for our students to express themselves fluently and confidently and to understand spoken and written Spanish competently, as well as introducing them to the society and culture of the Hispanic world.

GCSE SPANISH

Exam board: AQA

At the end of the course in Year 11, the pupils complete two exam papers to determine the grade they are In Year 9, we have beginners’ sets and non-beginners’ sets for those who have done the language prior to joining the Senior School. The groups then merge in Year 10 as the GCSE course is started. We follow the AQA GCSE which provides an excellent grounding for A level and IB study, as pupils take final exams in all four essential skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

A LEVEL SPANISH

Exam board: Edexcel

Entry requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish or equivalent.

The A level Spanish course is assessed at the end of the two year linear course and is separated into the following components:

Spanish Component 1
Listening, Reading and Translation. 2 hours, EDEXCEL, 40%

  • Section A: A listening assessment based on a recording. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.
  • Section B: A reading assessment based on a variety of text types and genres. Section C: An unseen passage to be translated from Spanish to English.

Spanish Component 2
Written response to works and translation, 2 hours 40 minutes, EDEXCEL, 30%

  • Section A: Students translate an unseen passage from English into Spanish.
  • Section B: Students write an extended response on either one or two of the literary texts listed.
  • Section C: Students who only answer one question from Section B must write an extended response on one of the films listed.

Spanish Component 3
Oral examination internally conducted and externally assessed, 21-23 mins with 5 minutes preparation time, 30%

IB SPANISH AB INITIO

No previous knowledge of the language is required but you must have studied another language at GCSE.

The five themes of the IB course are:
• Identities
• Experiences
• Human Ingenuity
• Social Organisation
• Sharing the planet

The course is assessed by:

• Internal Assessment: Oral Component 25% 7-10 minutes plus 15 mins of formal preparation time.
• External Assessment: Productive Skills 25% Paper 1: Writing (1 hours)
• External Assessment: Receptive Skills 50% Paper 2: Reading ( 1 hour) Listening (45 mins)

IB SPANISH A: LANGAUGE AND LITERATURE

Entry requirements: Native Speaker: Spanish as a first language

The IB Spanish A: Language and Literature course allows pupils to experience a wide range of literary and non-literary texts, covering at least six different text types, from around the world, including some not originally written in Spanish. You will be given opportunities to consider a wide range of different reading perspectives in relation to a diverse range of international texts. Standard Level pupils study four literary works, including two in translation, covering two major literary genres, two periods and two places.

The IB Spanish A: Language and Literature course is examined at the end of the 2 year linear course and consists of 70% external assessment and 30% internal assessment

• External Assessment: Paper 1, Productive Skills (1 hour 15 minutes standard level, 1 hour 30 higher level, 25%).
• External Assessment Paper 2, Receptive Skills (1 hour, 45 minutes standard level, 2 hours higher level, 50%).
• Internal Assessment: Oral, 12-15 minutes, (plus 15 minutes formal preparation time at standard level and 20 minutes at higher 25%), which is based on a visual stimulus at standard level and an extract from a literary work at higher level.

IB SPANISH B

Entry requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish or equivalent

The five themes of the IB course are:
• Identities
• Experiences
• Human Ingenuity
• Social Organisation
• Sharing the planet

The course is examined at the end of the 2 year linear course and consists of 70% External Assessment and
30% Internal Assessment
• External Assessment: Paper 1, Productive Skills
(1hr 15mins standard level, 1hr 30 higher level, 25%),
• External Assessment Paper 2, Receptive Skills
(1hr, 45mins standard level, 2 hrs higher level, 50%),
• Internal Assessment: Oral, 12-15mins,
(plus 15 mins formal preparation time at standard level and 20 mins at higher 25%), which is based on
a visual stimulus at standard level and an extract from a literary work at higher level

ACTIVITIES AND SOCIETIES

The Department runs a very popular twice-termly Spanish Society. These are usually Spanish or Latin American film nights enjoyed with tapas and are open to pupils in Year 11 and the Sixth Form studying Spanish.

Occasionally, we organise theatre and cinema trips for Spanish students if there is a suitable play or film on. In previous years we have seen ‘The Three Cornered Hat’ in Cambridge, The Buena Vista Social Club playing live in Norwich and a variety of films including ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ and ‘The Sea Inside’.

The Spanish Department is involved in wider Modern Languages Department events such as Translation Competitions, Language Days and organising the Flash Fiction Competition which is judged by Oxford University and encourages pupils to demonstrate their language skills through creative writing.

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