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Spanish A level at Chace Community School

Course description

The course focuses on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish i.e. newspapers, websites, TV programmes.  Students develop the four language skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing through this work as well as building up their knowledge of Spanish grammar and structures.  As the course progresses students, with the benefit of small classes, gain a lot of practice speaking Spanish and build up confidence and fluency.  They also develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society of countries where Spanish is spoken. 

Course content

The A level course is designed to be studied over two years.  Students will cover all the social, political and artistic topics as well as either one text and one film or two texts from the list below.  Another component of the course will be an individual research project. 

Social and Political trends

•       Modern and traditional values

•       Cyberspace

•       Equal rights

•       Immigration

•       Racism

•       Integration

Political and artistic culture

•       Modern day idols

•       Spanish regional identity

•       Cultural heritage or cultural landscape

•       Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens

•       Monarchies, republics and dictatorships

•       Popular movements 

Texts:

•       Esquivel Como agua para chocolate

•       Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada

•       Lorca La Casa de Bernarda Alba • Zafón La sombra del viento

•       Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus

•       Sender Réquiem por un campesino español

•       Bécquer Rimas y leyendas

•       Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano

•       Manuel Rivas El lápiz del carpintero

•       Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba  

Individual research project:

Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where Spanish is spoken. They must select relevant information in Spanish from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment. 

Films:

•       Volver

•       El laberinto del fauno

•       Ocho apellidos vascos

•       María, llena eres de gracia

•       El bola

•       Las 13 rosas

Entry requirements

We recommend you have a B grade or above at GCSE in Spanish.

Future opportunities

With an A Level in Spanish you can study the language at university either as the main subject in a degree or as a subsidiary subject.  Many universities offer degrees in Business and Spanish, Drama and Spanish etc.  Language A levels are highly regarded by top universities even for studying different subjects.

The ability to learn to speak a second language is a transferable skill and you may be able to learn another language based on your ability to learn Spanish.

Employment opportunities are almost limitless.  The increase in globalisation means that language skills cannot be over-estimated; they are needed in industry, tourism, commerce, banking, the media, etc.  Employers value the study of language to A level as it shows that potential employees have a good grasp of grammar as well as general cultural knowledge. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September

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