Spanish GCSE at Parliament Hill School
Exam board: AQA Team Leader: Mr S. Jones, MFL@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? If you are now studying Spanish, then you have the opportunity to continue with it to GCSE and gain a qualifi cation in a Modern Language, which will enhance your other subjects. Why languages? It is all about communication between people. Just think of the enjoyment and satisfaction in being able to talk to someone in their language. This is your chance to develop new friendships, to gain an understanding of a different culture, to have a better knowledge of how other people think and to see how they view the world. Where can it lead? Remember that as we are part of the European Union, there are many more opportunities to travel, live and work in other countries. Speaking another language gives you many more choices. So, you can apply the skills learnt in languages across many careers, including the areas of business, commerce and the media. Some courses at university may require knowledge of a language at GCSE, in order for you to take up a place, for example in law and in medicine. Think of a career and put “international” in front of it. That is what a language qualifi cation can mean to you. Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) Unit 1: Listening: Examination – 20% 30 minutes at Foundation Level 40 minutes at Higher Level Unit 2: Reading: Examination – 20% 30 minutes at Foundation Level 40 minutes at Higher Level Unit 3: Speaking: Controlled assessment – 30% This means that you will prepare for two tasks, each between 4-6 minutes, which you will perform with your teacher. You will have an opportunity to talk about what you want and to choose a topic that interests you. It could be an interview with a celebrity, or a conversation about fi lm and television. Unit 4: Writing: Controlled assessment – 30% During the course you will prepare for two pieces of course work, which you will write under the supervision of your teacher. This is a chance for you to choose two topics that have appealed to you during the course. You may opt to write about the customs and lifestyles of two different communities, or you may prefer an account of a holiday, as you bid to win fi rst prize in a competition. Tiers on entry Higher and Foundation are both available in Reading and Listening Speaking and writing are not tiered and are assessed by outcome. Requirements for A level/ Laswap In order to progress to the study of Modern Languages at Advanced Level within LaSwap, you would need to achieve a minimum grade B at GCSE. Description of course What are the skills that you will develop? As you progress during the course, we would be expecting you to become more confi dent linguistically: - to deal with unpredictable situations - to understand a wide range of language and structures - to be able to give your opinions - to be able to describe and give accounts Year 10 Term 1 • Relationships with family and friends • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles • Future Plans Term 2 • Free time activities • Media • Fashion, shopping and new technology Term 3 • Holidays Year 11 Term 1 • Home and the local area • Special occasions • Being environmentally friendly Term 2 • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs • The pressures and problems of school Events European Week of Languages Useful websites http://www.linguascope.com/ (ask Languages staff for a log-in) www.atantot.com www.wildfrench.co.uk http://www.ashcombe.surrey.sch. uk/curriculum/modlang/
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How to apply
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