Spanish

Head of Modern Languages:

Mr W McMurtry

 

Teachers in Department (Spanish):spanish_flag2

Mrs K. Campbell

Mr C. Hunter

Mr A. Keenan

 

External Examinations:

GCSE Spanish (CCEA)

AS & A2 Spanish (CCEA)

 

Key Stage 3

Spanish is taught to all Year 8 pupils using a modular approach until the end of Year 10.  The Spanish Department endeavours to engage Key Stage 3 pupils in a language learning experience which is stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable for all.  To this end teachers employ a variety of teaching methods in order to develop the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing and in recent years the department has made great strides in incorporating ICT, and active teaching and learning strategies, into its classroom practice.

 

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Vocabulary Learning Strategies

 

 

GCSE

Overview

Studying a Modern Language is no longer compulsory at Larne Grammar School, however it is hoped that students will realise the benefits, advantages and many career opportunities that arise from having a qualification in another language.

At GCSE level, students should derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.  The course also aims to encourage students to recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual, global society.

Course Content

Following on from the Curriculum Objectives at Key Stage 3, the course at GCSE has been divided into three contexts for learning.  Context 1: The individual – a focus on students’ lives, homes and interests, and those of others in the target language country.  Context 2: Citizenship – a focus on lifestyles, attitudes and customs in both the home and target language countries.  Context 3: Employability – a focus on education and employment in both the home and target language countries. 

Assessment

Candidates will be assessed in the four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The assessment of the speaking and writing elements of the course, which constitute 30% each, will be controlled; students will prepare and complete two tasks for each, under supervision.  The reading and listening elements of the course, which constitute 15% each, will consist of one externally assessed written paper for each; pupils can be entered for Higher or Foundation tier for these papers.

Teaching Methods

The Spanish course incorporates a variety of teaching methods including paired work, use of ICT, listening exercises, reading comprehensions, and written work.  Pupils will also have the opportunity to meet with the Foreign Language Assistant; such time spent with the native speaker of the language will develop the pupils’ ability to communicate more effectively and confidently in the target language.

Careers & Further Study

The course has been designed to provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of the language, as well as a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in the subject. Career paths taken with the study of a Modern Language include: interpreting, translating, diplomatic work, teaching, international business, journalism, immigration and customs, international sales, voluntary service overseas and many more.

For further information on GCSE Spanish, including the GCSE Specification, Practical Advice and Past Papers, click here:

http://www.ccea.org.uk/spanish/

 

A-level

Overview

At AS/ A2 level we aim to develop understanding of spoken and written forms of Spanish from a variety of registers, to communicate confidently through both the written and spoken word, to develop critical insights into, and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where Spanish is spoken and to develop positive attitudes to language learning. The transition from GCSE to AS/ A2 is gradual with students being encouraged to develop their knowledge of topics covered at GCSE and to explore new and wide-ranging issues such as delinquency, fashion and current affairs. The study of a literary / civilisation topic is one aspect of the course that students would not have encountered before.

Course Content

At AS level, students undertake 2 compulsory modules: module 1 is speaking and module 2 is listening, reading, and writing. At A2 level, there are 2 further compulsory modules: module 1 is speaking and module 2 is listening, reading, and writing. Topics studied during the course focus on family life and relationships; personal and interpersonal relationships; physical and mental well-being; interests; influences on young people; education and career planning; equality; multi-cultural society; democracy and conflict; conservation; energy and climate change. Unlike in previous years, pupils will not be introduced to literature at AS level, but rather will be offered a responsive writing type question which will allow students to focus more on their language skills at this levelAt A2 level there will be an introduction to Spanish Literature through the study of  Laura Esquivel's Como agua para chocolate, as well as a study of the Spanish film Solas, focusing on elements of the region’s history, economy, industry, tourism, and culture. Students will also have an allocated time with the Spanish assistant which will enhance their spoken Spanish and give them a greater insight into Spanish culture. The exam board is CCEA and further information on their syllabus can be found on the website: www.ccea.org.uk

Assessment

AS

Module 1 (17.5%)

Speaking – Topic-based presentation & conversation (13 min)

Module 2 (32.5%)

Listening – Topic-based listening questions (40 minutes)

Reading & Writing – reading comprehension, translation into English, topic- based essay (2hr 05min)        

A2

Module 1 (17.5%)

Speaking – discussion based on societal theme & conversation (15 minutes)

Module 2 (32.5%)

Listening – Topic-based listening questions (40 minutes)

Reading & Writing – reading comprehension, translation into Spanish, literature- based essay (2hr 20min) 

Teaching Methods

The Spanish course incorporates a variety of teaching methods including paired work, use of ICT for individual and group presentations, personal research into various topics, listening exercises, reading comprehensions, translation activities, and use of the language assistant.

Careers & Further Study

The Spanish course has been designed to provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of Spanish, as well as a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in the subject. Career paths taken with the study of Spanish include: interpreting, translating, diplomatic work, teaching, international business, journalism, immigration and customs, international sales, voluntary service overseas and many more.

For further information on A-level Spanish, please click here…

http://www.ccea.org.uk/spanish/

 

Academic Success

The department prides itself in consistently performing well above the Northern Ireland Grammar School Average in terms of A* Grades at GCSE.  For example, in 2014, 41% of our pupils achieved an A* Grade at GCSE, which is 18% above the N.I. Average for Grammar Schools.  

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