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Spanish at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

This course is suitable for any student who is interested in languages and communication, and enjoys learning about culture, ways of life, business world, travel, literature and tourism of Spanish speaking countries (Spanish is the official language in 21 countries!!!).

At the end of the course there will be a range of opportunities open to you, where you can continue to use and further develop your language skills and knowledge of Spanish.

If you have an interest in and a flair for languages and you enjoy sharing your views in class discussions and presentations/debates, Spanish is ideal for you. Having Spanish at AS or A2 level will improve your employability, in particular with companies who have international branches.

The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which Spanish is spoken.

Reading
You will be able to read, understand and extract information from written passages in Spanish taking from authentic sources, such as magazines and newspapers, reports or books.

Listening
You will be able to listen to, and understand contemporary Spanish and answer questions on what you have heard. The passages that you will learn to listen to will be taken from a range of sources such as news reports on the radio or TV, weather forecasts, announcements, interviews and discussions.

Speaking and writing
You will learn how to write essays or longer pieces and to hold conversations and discussions in Spanish. You will learn all the appropriate grammar, words and phrases that will help you to:

  • Present information in Spanish - Organise your arguments
  • Provide opinions - Analyse your ideas.

Course content

The course is made up of 2 units at AS level and a further 2 units at A2 level, including the study of a wide range of topics relating to contemporary society in the Spanish speaking world - day to day matters, society, the working world, the environment and citizenship and the European/International context.

In all units you will develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, so that you become a competent user of the language actively (speaking and writing) and passively (reading and listening).

Spanish also enables you to develop important Key Skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards :

Communication:

  • Presenting a chosen topic and expressing opinions and ideas.
  • Writing a letter to an environmental organisation seeking information.

Information Technology:

  • Producing a newsletter or poster
  • Using the internet, CD roms and DVDs.

Working with others:

  • Role plays.
  • Working on an exchange project
  • Work experience abroad

Improving own learning and performance

  • Setting targets with the teacher for oral topic
  • Receiving feeback on work and taking forward suggestions on how to improve it.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE Spanish

Assessment

During the year, you will be assessed continually through homework, class tests and vocabulary and grammar tests.

Future opportunities

Spanish provides an excellent foundation for language study (or a new language - Japanese, Russian, for example) at university level or perhaps in conjunction with any other subject. We live in a multicultural, multilingual world. Spanish will equip you with the transferable skills and confidence necessary to embark on a career in a wide range of fields, both in the UK, continental Europe and beyond.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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