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Spanish A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Ashbourne offers small groups, an intimate atmosphere and a communicative approach to language learning using a wide range of authentic materials.

Alberto is our native Spanish teacher and head of languages. Not only does he make language learning fun and engaging but he also brings a wealth of experience as an Edexcel examiner which allows him to offer expert advice on exam preparation.

Spanish is currently the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and is the official language in 21 countries. Simply by learning Spanish you will broaden your jobs prospects and be able to earn yourself a ticket to travel and work confidently in the Spanish-speaking world.

Just as importantly, being able to understand and communicate in Spanish will allow you to explore and enjoy the different cultural ideas and perspectives offered by friends and through films, music, media, politics and more. As your understanding of word meanings and usage develops you will also discover and better appreciate the nuances and biases inherent within.

Learning Spanish will also improve your understanding of English and help with your other studies. Language learning challenges you to find connections, use your memory, analyse structure and differentiate meaning; and developing these communication and problem solving skills has an impact on your overall approach to learning.

Spanish is a very accessible and attractive Romance language derived from latin. Once you have mastered it you will easily be able to pick up other latin-based languages like French and Italian.

Course content

You will learn the skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) necessary to express yourself fluently in Spanish. In both AS and A level students will develop their language skills by exploring a range of social, political and cultural issues relating to Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, outlined below. A level students will also study a literary text and/or film.

Theme 1:

La evolución de la sociedad española (The development of Spanish society)

In this theme you will explore certain aspects of Spanish society and social values. How have attitudes towards family, relationships and marriage changed? What is the labour market like in Spain and what job opportunities does it offer? Is tourism a healthy industry to get into and what impact does it have on peoples’ well-being, employment and the environment?

Theme 2:

La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante (Political and cultural values, attitudes and beliefs across the Spanish-speaking world)

This theme provides a genuine excuse to listen to some great music from across the world so you can discuss its impact on contemporary culture. You will also get a chance to discover a wealth of festivals, fiestas, costumes and traditions from many of the Spanish-speaking countries and communities.

Globalisation has dramatically changed the way we communicate and share ideas today. You will examine how media – like TV, internet and social media (blogs, video, podcast, newsletter, eBook etc.) – has affected the social and political make up of Spanish-speaking communities across the world.

Literature & Film

Students will explore classic literature by authors like Gabriel García Márquez and Laura Esquivel, works by major playwrights like Federico García Lorca and cult films by the likes of Pedro Almodóvar, in this part of their course.

Students study two works, two literary texts, or one literary text and one film.

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.

Future opportunities

Spanish A level is a must if you plan to study Modern Languages or Latin American Studies at university. And if you love everything about words – history, origins, form, use and meaning – etymology or comparative linguistics could be the right course for you.

Most universities also offer combined degree courses that allow you to study languages alongside other major subjects like History, Law, Business, Management, Politics and Development Studies, for example.

With all of that under your belt you could become a key asset for companies or organisations working in Spanish-speaking countries, you could be an interpreter for leading political figures at the European Commission or translate great new novels by aspiring South American writers. And much more besides.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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