Spanish A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School
The specification requires students to develop confidence and competence in the four languages skills of Listening, Reading Speaking and Writing. A certain familiarity with the culture and “way of life” of the target-language country is assumed and will be developed via exposure to spoken and written language. The course will help you develop your general study skills, but most of all students will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language chosen.
Listening, Reading and Translation into English (40%)
Listening assessment based on a recording, a reading assessment based on a variety of text types and translation of an unseen passage from Spanish to English.
Writing and Translation into Spanish (30%)
Translation of an unseen passage from English into Spanish, two essays (one on the film, the other on the literary text.).
Discussion about one of the topics from specification. Presentation and discussion of independent research project.
The Faculty stipulates at least A grade at GCSE in the requisite language (Spanish) for admission to this course, and a grade A or better in the writing section of the exam is also a good indicator of success at this level.
A myriad of teaching materials are used, including textbooks, newspapers/magazine articles, audio/visual CDs ,DVDs and the Internet. There will be one mandatory conversation class a week for half an hour (in preparation for the oral exam). Facilities include multi-media language laboratories and a wide range of resources in the Library.
Many Modern Language students go on to study language related courses at university, an increasingly popular option given the ever increasing importance of language skills in our society. Indeed, Modern Languages certainly make any student more marketable, both in terms of higher education and employment.
All Modern Languages on offer combine readily with virtually all subjects available within the sixth form. In the past, language students have pursued a wide and eclectic range of complementary subjects. Suffice it to say, it is extremely rare to find a selection of disciplines that would not be beneficially augmented by a language ‘A’ level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.