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Spanish Edexcel AS and Advanced GCE

Many 21st century jobs are international jobs. One of the aims of the A Level is to provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many employers. Studying Spanish in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/or career in Spain or Latin American countries. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon. Be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages, at AS or A Level, will enhance their prospects.

The specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE. It promotes progression and provides a suitable foundation for the study of the subject in higher education or provides direct entry into employment. Pupils will be required to listen to authentic material. The items may include informal dialogue, news items and interviews, talks or discussions of a more formal nature. Pupils will listen on their own personal cassette or CD player and have control of the recordings.

The reading and responding part of the examination will also be based on authentic texts which may be in the form of a narrative, interview, informative or argumentative articles. There will be a short translation from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. The writing exam will be an essay based on the study of a film or a work of literature from the prescribed list of works. The oral examination involves a discussion based on a short written text and a free discussion about a topic area. Both discussions are about topic areas studied during the course. The A Level oral also involves a discussion about an independent research topic.

Teaching is shared by two members of staff in each year group. They use a variety of techniques and encourage the pupils to become independent learners. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills. All materials are authentic and regularly updated.

THEME 1: The evolution of Spanish society
  • Changes in the Family Structure: Changing Attitudes Towards Marriage, Relationships and Family
  • The Working World: Working Life, Work Attitudes, Work Opportunities for Young People and Gender Equality
  • The Impact of Tourism in Spain: Economic impact, opportunities and social and environmental impact
THEME 2: Political and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Music: Changes and Tendencies- the impact of music in contemporary culture
  • Media: Television and Soap Operas. Written Media and the Internet, - its impact on society and politics
  • Festivals and Traditions: Festivals, Customs and Traditions in Spain and Latin America
THEME 3: Immigration and Spain’s multicultural society
  • Historical and Contemporary Immigration: The Origins of Immigration, Muslims in Al-Andalus - the influence of North African and Latin American immigrants in Spanish society
  • Integration and Multiculturalism: The benefit and threats of multiculturalism and attitudes towards immigrants
THEME 4: Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy
  • Franco’s Dictatorship: The Spanish Civil War, Franco’s Up-Rise, Daily Life Under Franco, Political Oppression, Censorship and Divisions in Society
  • The Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy: The role of King Juan Carlos in the Spanish transition into democracy, Suárez’s Government and the impact of Franco’s dictatorship on contemporary society
PAPER 1: Listening, reading and translation into English written exam. WEIGHTING
This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes. 40%
PAPER 2: Written response to works and translation into Spanish written exam.  
Pupils will undergo the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays. 30%
PAPER 3: Speaking - Internally conducted and externally assessed.  
Task 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.
Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

Pupils will require a bilingual dictionary (approximately £25), a personal CD player (£20) for independent listening and an annual subscription to a magazine (combining reading, listening and grammar practice) (£18). There will be an opportunity to visit Andalucia in Spain once during the two-year course (approximate cost £500-550). Pupils are also offered the opportunity to attend valuable conferences in London, usually once a year.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus