Languages are all around us, we live in a multilingual global society. Choosing an A Level language is a really good decision if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career options and a lot of fun along the way. Language courses are interesting and varied subjects which give you a broad range of knowledge and transferable skills. Furthermore, a Modern Foreign Language can be studied with a wide range of other subjects at university such as Engineering, Law and even Medicine.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: GCSE 5 or above in GCSE Spanish. If not previously studied at GCSE but Spanish is a second language to you and/or you are at the equivalent level to GCSE 5 or above, this would also allow you access to the course.
WHAT IS THE COURSE CONTENT AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Course content: The following themes will be covered – • Social issues and trends: Aspects of Hispanic society – Modern and Traditional Values, Cyberspace, Equal Rights. • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society : Immigration, Racism, Integration, Political and Artistic Culture. • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: modern day idols, Spanish Regional Identity, Cultural Heritage. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World: Today’s Youth, Monarchs and Dictatorships, Popular movements.
SPEAKING ASSESSMENT – (30%) 16-18 MINUTES Task 1 is a presentation of an independent research project (2 minutes) followed by a discussion (9-10 minutes). Task 2 is a discussion based on a stimulus card (5 minutes preparation followed by 5-6 minutes discussion). LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION – (50%) 2HRS 30 MINUTES
CRITICAL RESPONSE IN WRITING (20%) Two hour examination comprising of two essay questions, one based on the play La Casa de Bernarda Alba and one based on the film Volver
“ONE LANGUAGE SETS YOU IN A CORRIDOR FOR LIFE. TWO LANGUAGES OPEN EVERY DOOR ALONG THE WAY.”
ST NICHOLAS EXTRA:
There are opportunities to do work experience in Spain and we offer study tours to Barcelona or Madrid. Regular visits to the theatre and cinema at the Royal Exchange and Cornerhouse, Manchester. Links with Manchester University are in place and enrichment days are offered.