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Spanish A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

There are over 400 million native speakers of Spanish - more than of any other language except English and Mandarin Chinese. Spanish is becoming an increasingly global language, and it is predicted that about 420 million (7% of the world’s population) will speak Spanish which will make it the world’s largest first language after Mandarin. Spanish is spoken by over 8% of the US population. Language skills are essential in the modern world and a degree in Spanish may lead to many opportunities at home, in Europe, and North and South America. This course will help students to understand the history, society, literature and general culture of Spain and Latin America. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Course content

Core content
1. Social issues and trends
2. Political and artistic culture
3. Grammar
4. Works: Literary texts and films

Paper 1 assessment: Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes | 100 marks | 50% of A-level
Paper 2 assessment: Writing

Students are assessed from one text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

Grammar assessment:
Written exam: 2 hours | 80 marks in total | 20% of A-level

• Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.
• All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and
the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.
Paper 3 assessment: : Speaking

Students are assessed by an individual research project

One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time
| 60 marks in total | 30% of A-level

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Students may take the assessment only once before

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 9-6, including Spanish Grade 9-6.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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