A Level Spanish at JCoSS
With the growth of new technologies our economic, political and cultural horizons have widened dramatically and we now regularly communicate with people all over the world, many of whom do not have English as a first language. Spanish is spoken by 400 million native speakers and is the second most widely spoken language in the world. If you want to develop your ability to converse in Spanish at a high level and to develop your knowledge of Hispanic culture then Spanish is the course for you. It is a useful bridge between almost all subject areas and combines especially well with French, Mathematics, Geography, History, Business Studies and English.
Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing In this unit students will study a series of cultural issues, including Media, Popular Culture, Health & Lifestyle, and Relationships. Students will examine these themes through contact with Spanish news reports, literature, podcasts and statistics and they will be expected to give informed opinions of each theme. Students will also work on developing a high level of grammatical accuracy.
Unit 2: Speaking In this unit students choose one of the above topics to form the basis of a discussion with the examiner. During the AS year students will research their chosen topic area so as to create a convincing and justified series of arguments supporting their opinions. Students will also be expected to converse with a good degree of fluency on any two of the other AS topics.
Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing This unit sees students extending their knowledge of contemporary issues through the study of the Environment, Multi-cultural Societies and Contemporary Social Issues. They will also undertake a detailed study of a Spanish novel and a Spanish language film researching the themes of the work, the ideas of the author/director and the wider influences upon his/her work.
Unit 4: Speaking The structure of this unit is similar to that at AS, though at A2 also includes a discussion of both the novel and films studied throughout the year
To be accepted onto this course, a minimum of a B Grade at GCSE in this subject is required. However, it is highly recommended that students have an A or A*. The course demands good essay writing skills and a willingness to contribute to discussion in a foreign language. You will be set independent learning tasks every week and will also be expected to carry out your own reading in Spanish. You will be expected to read a quality online newspaper to keep abreast of current affairs and you will also be expected to spend time each week learning vocabulary and practising new grammar structures.
Assessment at AS is by one written paper which covers three skill areas – listening, reading and writing. The questions require short responses in either Spanish or English. They will also be required to write an essay of a least 200 words on one of the AS topics areas. Students also sit a 15 minute oral examination. At A2 the structure is similar but students must also complete a 300 word essay on either the novel or film they have studied.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JCoSS directly.