Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: AQA
Why study Spanish?
Learning Spanish teaches you things which you'll find invaluable later when you get into work and private life. Using Spanish to persuade, argue or explain, preparing presentations, for different audiences - all these are vital skills for the workplace. Learning how to interact with Spanish speakers can help you to see things from a range of perspectives - making you more adaptable, creative, and insightful. If you have Spanish at A Level, you will be able to take part of your degree in any of the 21 countries where Spanish is an official language (not to mention the many countries where Spanish is widely spoken) or get work experience abroad or perhaps voluntary or charity. The opportunities are endless!
What can it lead to?
Studying AS/A2 Spanish will allow you to communicate with more than 495 million people worldwide. Knowing Spanish will also greatly increase your employment options with many of the world's leading economies demanding Spanish speakers. In today's multilingual world what you'll need is the ability to spot opportunities or problems that the monolingual won't be aware of. You'll be surprised how much you can do, and how your fluency will increase with practice.
Learning Spanish at A2 level will open doors to new job opportunities and trade internationally. Latin American countries have been experiencing strong economic growth. Also the Hispanic culture continues to have global impact on culture, architecture, art, literature and Hispanic actors and singers are gaining worldwide recognition and fame.
Jobs from receptionist to top level management need language skills. The A2 Spanish course will improve the quality of your life and your understanding of how other people live and think. David Beckham: It will be important for me to express myself In Spanish.... I’ll make a real effort because it will help me to integrate.
How is the course organised?
Awarding Body: AQA
Linear 2 year A level course: Themes:
- Social issues and trends
- Aspects of Hispanic-speaking society: current trends
- Political, Intellectual/Artistic areas of interest
- 1 Book & 1 Film
How is the course assessed?
- At both levels, learners are assessed regularly using past questions papers with a range of exercises.
- Progress is recorded in the college mark book system and is accessible by all students, on the portal.
- Mock exams.
- Home work is provides every day and AQA standardisation is used for marking. There is no coursework for Spanish but one individual research project in order to present and discuss it in the speaking assessment.
- We work using authentic sources, including online. Essay question are based on the book & the film (2 essays of min. 300 words).
What do I need to qualify for this course?
- Entry Requirements: GCSE: 4 (C)
- To be successful: Regular Attendance & Punctuality are essential.
- Regular attendance at support classes in small groups (I to 3 students): these are compulsory sessions set on top of the 5 weekly lessons in view of helping students who have difficulties with Spanish.
- The Spanish courses are compatible with all subjects and is particularly suited to those interested in the Business world, Literature, Journalism, Travel & Tourism, Media, Film Studies and Art, Criminology and Geography , etc.
Who are the teachers?
Yolanda Cos-Gayon Perez has been teaching four days a week at St. Charles College since January 2004. From September 2000 has been a visiting lecturer at the City University. She has taught in various institutions such as Kensington and Chelsea College and Tower Hamlets and City Hall
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Institute of Education, London (2004-2006)
- Diploma in Applied Spanish Language and New Technology in the Classroom
(Universidad Menendez Pelayo, Santander 2007).
- Certificate in Language Education Teaching (Kensington & Chelsea College, London 1998-1999)
- Teaching Development Program Certificate (Spanish Cervantes Institute, London 2004)
What else should I know about?
The textbook used is: AQA AS/A2
Multimedia learning materials are available on the College network.
During the course students are expected to watch Spanish TV programmes and films relate to the topics of study at AS/A2: El Bola, 8 Apellidos vascos, la Lengua de las mariposas, Volver and more.
Visits to events at, for example, at the Spanish Institute Cervantes: The Cervantes Institute was founded by the Spanish government in 1991 with the purpose of promoting and diffusing the Spanish language and Spanish and Latin-American culture in general.
What do students say about the course?
"Spanish has not only strengthened my vocabulary and knowledge of the language, but also taught me about the history and culture of Spain which I find really interesting. My teacher is really supportive and considerate to each of her students, and provides us with all the materials we need to fully prepare for the final exams. I enjoy having discussions with my peers about different topics as it improves my confidence skills and my fluency in Spanish."
"Spanish is a great subject because it will help you in life as well. Our teacher is very helpful as she is always very patient with us and she is always explaining and evaluating everything to the last detail to us. Also, in my opinion I love our Spanish teacher because she is a very nice person and she is always making us laugh which makes us more comfortable in class."
"In Spanish, I enjoy learning the language itself as well as how it can grown and developed into what it has become now. My teacher is very enthusiastic which helps when learning as she wants to make sure we understand everything and make the lessons fun as well as educational in order to keep us motivated. Spanish has expanded my knowledge on the history of it and has widened my knowledge of vocabulary."