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Spanish

Modern Foreign Languages is currently taught by:

Mrs Blasco-Albelda - Subject Leader Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Rice - Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty strives to develop, maintain and stimulate students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the process of learning foreign languages whilst achieving to their full potential.
We believe that the study of a foreign language not only provides our students with useful skills which are fast becoming essential in a modern and highly competitive world, but it also gives them a liberating and life-enhancing experience, which adds breadth to their cultural, social and linguistic knowledge and skills.

These opportunities add a lot to the understanding they have gained in class and prepare the students for the demands of coursework at GCSE which Spanish remains a popular choice with our students.

The Key Stage 3 Spanish Curriculum is designed to offer the opportunity for students to develop their language skills and abilities thoroughly, which then means that students can apply their language skills to learning other foreign languages later in life, whether for business or pleasure. Students study relevant and interesting topics, such as;
  • Year 7 Topics – Introduction, life at school, the family, at home, hobbies and interests and life in the city
  • Year 8 Topics – On holiday, Spanish food and culture, people, what people do and life in the city
Assessment
Students work will be assessed twice every half term for every topic covered. These results are recorded and reflected on by students as a way of illustrating the progress that is being made. In order to understand the assessment process better, students will undertake regular self and peer-assessment activities within lessons.

Course Outline
At Key Stage 4, if students opt to study Spanish as an option, they will enjoy an extended programme of study, building on the issues explored in Key Stage 3. The new GCSE Spanish course has been developed to help students of all abilities to develop their language skills and to be able to manipulate the target language to communicate effectively. There is a wide range of engaging topics to focus the students on real world situations so the MFL Department works to create as many authentic situations as possible for the students to develop their language skills.

The qualification consists of 4 papers covering the skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking. Each of those exams papers will account for 25% of the final mark. The exams will be differentiated into Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

Subjects / Modules
There are four topic areas which will be covered to prepare students for the listening and reading exams. These feature common scenarios set in a country where Spanish is spoken. All students will cover the following content regardless of their chosen themes for the speaking and writing units:
  • Identity and Culture - General interests, leisure activities, family and friends, lifestyle, healthy eating and exercise.
  • Local area, holiday and travel - visitor information, weather, local amenities, accommodation, public transport, directions, cafes and restaurants, shops, dealing with problems.
  • School – subjects, school issues
  • Future aspirations, study and work- internet language, job advertisements, job applications and CVs, school and college, work and work experience.
  • International and global dimension- the environment, youth problems, music events, sports events, campaigns.
Assessment
Speaking – 25% of the mark. Three tasks.
  • Task 1 is a role-play
  • Task 2 is a picture to talk about and some questions related to the picture
  • Task 3 conversation on two topics. Topics are chosen by the student the Exam Board.
Writing – 25% of the mark. The Foundation Tier has three extended tasks and a translation from English into Spanish and the Higher Tier will have two longer extended tasks and a translation from English into Spanish (word count will vary between FT and HT).

Listening – 25% of the mark. Section A with instructions in English and Section B with instructions in Spanish

Reading – 25% of the mark. Section A is set in English, Section B is set in English and Section C will be a translation from Spanish into English.

Progression / Further Study
From September 2016 our students will be able to progress to study Spanish at A-Level at the Redhill Academy or any other college they choose to select. Spanish can also be used for modules of other courses such as Travel and Tourism and can work with any other subject as a complementary skill or as part of a job requirement.