Why do A-Level Spanish?

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Fluency in Spanish opens up educational, employment and travel opportunities,especially in Europe, Latin America and the US, where Spanish is the most widely spoken language after English. Students find it an accessible and attractive language to learn. The study of a foreign language encourages students to use a different part of their brain, develop confidence and learn to appreciate a culture other than their own. The study of grammar often improves their competence in English. The aim of this course is to develop speaking,listening, reading and writing skills and to enable students to use the language for practical communication at an advanced level.

Petchey offers small groups, an intimate atmosphere and a communicative approach to language learning. This means that students have plenty of opportunity to practise their language skills and improve their accuracy and fluency. We use a variety of exciting authentic materials to stimulate language learning to prepare students for what they will face in the examination.

Year 12

(a) Leisure and Lifestyles: including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living, health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol etc
(b) The Individual and Society: including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc), education, vocational training and future careers

You will work from textbooks, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio broadcasts, DVDs and literary texts and extracts, studying both language and culture

Year 13

(a) Environmental issues: including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability
(b) Social and Political Issues: including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integrations, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalisation etc

Scheme of examination:

Unit 3 (A2) - Understanding and spoken response (debate)
Unit 4 (A2) - Research (students research about a Hispanic country and at Petchey we focus on Cuba), Understanding and written response

We also use a variety of extra curriculum activities such as:

  • Work experience in Alicante for two week where students not only improve their Spanish and immerse in a cultural experience, but also have the opportunity of working in Spain.
  • Pen pals and Skype scheme,where students can practise their Spanish skills with other students in Spain.
  • Trips to the cinema
  • Gastronomy, theatre
  • AS Experience at Westminster University