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Why study Spanish at A level?
Learning Spanish at A level is not just studying a subject, it is also acquiring a life-long skill. Along with becoming a confident linguist, you will also explore the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic countries. This will involve handling topics on current affairs and engaging in key discussions and debates in Spanish.
Given the academic demand of learning a language, universities look favourably at those who have a qualification in a language, regardless of which course they wish to study.
What will you study?
- Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
- Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
- Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)
- Film analysis
- Immigration (La inmigración)
- Racism (El racismo)
- Integration (La convivencia)
- Book analysis
How is this course assessed?
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing 2 hours 30 mins
Along with the listening element, paper 1 also includes a translation from Spanish into English (minimum of 100
words) and translation from English into Spanish (minimum 100 words).
Paper 2: Writing 2 hours
One question to be answered on the set text and one on the set film. Approximately 300 words per essay.
Paper 3: Speaking Approx 30 minutes
Discussion of a sub-theme from the course and a presentation and discussion of an Individual Research Project,
chosen by the candidate.
At Immanuel College, our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum is designed with the intent of providing our students with a rich and immersive language learning experience to thrive in an interconnected and multilingual world.
Our aim is to develop their linguistic proficiency, cultural awareness, and a lifelong love for languages7. By engaging in our MFL curriculum, students will develop their character by acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become confident and effective global citizens. We strive to create lifelong learners.
Students show perseverance in language acquisition and proficiency. We offer a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through exposure to authentic materials, interactive activities, and regular practice, students will progressively build their vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and fluency in the target language.
Our MFL curriculum also encourages students to think critically and solve problems in the context of language learning. By engaging in authentic tasks, enabling them to navigate real-life situations in the target language.
In our curriculum we recognise the importance of cultural understanding in language learning, which in turn develops a students’ character. Our curriculum aims to foster students' appreciation and respect for different cultures, traditions, and perspectives6. Through exploring authentic resources, literature, and cultural events, students will gain insight into the customs, history, and societal norms of the countries where the target language is spoken.
Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on developing students' communicative competence. Students will engage in meaningful and purposeful interactions, both in and outside the classroom, to enhance their ability to express themselves through hope, understand others, and negotiate meaning in the target language8.
6 Psalm 24:1– ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’
7 Ephesians 2:10 – ‘For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.’
8 Philippians 4:8 – ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’
Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language. As many businesses in the UK are opening their trade to other countries, having the language knowledge, critical-thinking skills and a deep understanding of other cultures make an A-level qualification in Spanish very desirable for employers.