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Spanish (at BWS) at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

You will continue to develop your speaking skills from GCSE, enabling you to debate issues with fluency and confidence. You will study texts of a more abstract nature which are firmly rooted in the Spanish and Latin American world. You will learn more about Spanish and Latin American daily life, institutions and culture. Your vocabulary will widen and you will be able to understand more complicated articles. You will learn to use languages in a business context as well as literary and journalistic registers.

In Year 12 the topics studied will include: Aspects of Daily Life, Leisure and Entertainment, Communication and Media, Education and Training. Thorough revision and consolidation of grammar will take place and new structures introduced.

In Year 13 further topics will include: Society, The Environment, Science and Technology, Culture.

Course content

How will you learn?

You will read a wide range of materials including newspapers and magazines, Internet items and some literature. You will listen to and sometimes watch news, discussions and documentaries.  Students will be expected to communicate in Spanish whenever possible, in every lesson.  Lessons will concentrate on active tasks in speaking, role-plays, debates, reading newspapers, texts such as poems or plays, listening and holding discussions on video work for comprehension and, of course, grammar.

Entry requirements

  • Spanish at Grade B or above at GCSE is required.
  • A good performance in the written element of the GCSE is expected, as this is such an important element of A level study.
  • Students should enjoy discussing issues in Spanish, and to be interested in the wider culture, reading independently and developing a more ambitious vocabulary.

Assessment

Examination Board: OCR

What exams and coursework are involved?

  • 2 exams at the end of Year 12: An oral exam of 15 minutes including discussion of a prepared topic of your choice (30%) and a writing / reading / listening paper of 2h 30 minutes (70%).
  • 2 exams at the end of Year 13: An oral exam of 15 minutes (30%) and a writing / reading / listening paper of 2h 45 minutes (70%).  You will have to write an essay of approximately 400 words in this paper on an issue related to Spanish or Latin American culture or society.

Future opportunities

There are now many opportunities for people with language skills.  The Civil Service, Diplomatic Corps, banking, insurance, hotel and catering, tourism, transport, law, sales, fine arts and antiques, not to mention translating and interpreting for bodies such as the EU, all call for language competence alongside other skills.  Also the fact that you have mastered a language to A2 level means that you will be able to learn other languages much more quickly and easily if required to do so in the future.  We usually recommend to our students combined university courses such as Spanish and Management, Engineering with Spanish, Spanish and Law as offering better employment possibilities than a straight language.  Alternatively you will be qualified to take up new languages at university, especially East European or Asian languages which are much in demand these days.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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