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Spanish at King Edward VII

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Some 400 Million people in twenty-one different countries speak Spanish. Its spread throughout the world makes it enormously important. There are almost three times as many native speakers of Spanish as there are of French. Spanish is third in the list of the worlds most spoken languages.

About fifteen million British people go abroad on holidays every year and a good proportion of them go to Spain . More people visit Spain than any other country on earth, attracted by its sunshine, beaches and wine, but behind the tourists Spain lies a world as different from Britain as one could imagine. You will find lonely castles; stately old palaces, winding medieval streets and majestic Moorish architecture. By contrast Madrid and Barcelona are amongst Europe s most modern cosmopolitan cities. People forget that Spain is now one of the foremost industrialised in the world. It is a leading car manufacturer and is investing heavily in high-tech.

'There is no substitute for the ability to deal with foreign customers in their own language' (British Overseas Tourist Board - Report on Foreign Languages)

Spain is an important trading nation in the EU and the potential for an increase in trade between Britain and Spain is enormous. To ensure success in the Spanish market British firms will need to promote their products in Spanish.

'...the British educational system has largely ignored the fact that Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world... therefore our present and future businessmen and women (today's school leavers) are not equipped with a knowledge of this vital language or informed about the area of the world in which this language is used. If Spanish were understood and spoken by more executives in Britain today, senior managers would feel more confident in facing up to the opportunities available to our industry in Latin America.' (Latin American Trade Advisory Group)

In Y10 or Y11 students are encouraged to visit Spain as part of a school exchange. It is well known fact that the best way of learning a language is to spend time in the country where the language is spoken. We currently have partner schools in Madrid and Barcelona and there will be an exchange to one of these cities during your GCSE course.

Entry requirements



Assessment There are two tiers of entry.


Listening (20% of final mark) - Foundation (30+5 mins) & Higher Tier (40+5 mins)

Reading (20% of final mark) - Foundation (30 mins) & Higher Tier (50 mins)

Speaking (30% of final mark) - Un-tiered, Differentiation is by outcome not by task

Writing (30% of final mark) - Un-tiered, Differentiation is by outcome not by task

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This course is able to be combined with other opportunities within a single application

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Last updated date: 20 October 2016

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