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Spanish AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

Students will develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Students will study technological and social change. They will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations.

Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - 3.1 Social issues and trends - Students must study the following themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country. Where Spain is not specified, students may study the theme or sub-theme in relation to any Spanish-speaking country. Students must study the themes and sub-themes using  a range of sources, including material from online media.

3.1.1 Aspects of Hispanic society

• Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)

• Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)

• Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

3.2 Artistic culture - Students must study the following themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country. Where Spain is not specified, students may study the theme or sub-theme in relation to any Spanish-speaking country.

3.2.1 Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

• Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)

• Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)

• Cultural heritage or cultural landscape (El patrimonio cultural)

 

Year 2 (Year 13) - 3.1.2 Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

• Immigration (La Inmigración)

• Racism (El Racismo)

• Integration (La Convivencia)

3.2 Political and artistic culture - Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country.

3.2.2 Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

• Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos de mañana)

• Monarchies, republics and dictatorships (Monarquías, repúblicas y dictaduras)

• Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

Entry requirements

A ‘B’ grade in Spanish at GCSE is generally the minimum requirement. In some cases there may be allowances for a C grade.

Assessment

Year 1 - Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  •  Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  •  Grammar
  •  Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  •  80 marks
  •  40% of AS
  •  Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings in Castilian Spanish will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. Questions in Spanish to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (35 marks).
  •  Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Questions in Spanish to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (35 marks)
  •  Translation into English; a passage of minimum 70 words (10 marks).

Paper 2 -  Writing

• One text or one film from the lists in the specification

• Grammar

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 60 marks

• 30% of AS

• Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).

• Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions (45 marks).

• All questions will require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied. No access to texts or films during the assessment. No access to a dictionary during the assessment. Students are advised to write approximately 250 words for the essay.

Paper 3 - Speaking - One sub-theme from Aspects of Hispanic society and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the Hispanic world.

• Oral exam: 12–14 minutes

• 60 marks

• 30% of AS

Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins. No access to a dictionary during the assessment or during the preparation time.

 

Year 2 - Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

• Aspects of Hispanic society

• Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

• Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

• Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

• Grammar

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 160 marks in total

• 40% of A-level

• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings in Castilian. Spanish will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks).

• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks).

• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

• Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

Paper 2: Writing

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 90 marks in total

• 30% of A-level

• Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

• All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film). No access to texts or films during the assessment. No access to a dictionary during the assessment. No access to a dictionary during the assessment. Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3: Speaking

• Individual research project

• One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

• 60 marks in total

• 30% of A-level

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).

• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Future opportunities

We have had a good number of students in previous years who have gone on to continue their language studies at university and have entered the Education sector as a result. In a highly regarded subject , it is also a useful subject in terms of getting into a chosen university. It shows a depth of knowledge and communication skills that are highly valued by admissions tutors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Mr A Runciman
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01228 516051

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