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OVERVIEW

Spanish is proving increasingly popular, and deservedly so. It is one of the foremost world languages, spoken by some 400 million people. It is the main language not only of Spain but also of nearly all of the countries of Central and South America, and has become a major influence in the United States. Knowledge of Spanish gives access to a vibrant culture, which is incredibly rich and varied, and students gain far more than simply an ability to speak and write the language.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

We normally expect students to have grades 9, 8 or 7 at GCSE.

COURSE DETAILS

We enter for the AQA AS and A2 examinations. Topics across the two years include social issues and trends, artistic culture, grammar and literary works (texts and films).

ASSESSMENT

AS Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing, written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers.
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes. Translation into English; a passage of minimum 70 words

Paper 2: Writing, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 70 words. Either one question in Spanish on a set text or one question in Spanish on a set film

Paper 3: Speaking, oral exam: 12 – 14 minutes

  • Discussion of two sub-themes (6 – 7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

A Level Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing, written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers.
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes.
  • Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words.
  • Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Paper 2: Writing, written exam: 2 hours

  • Either one question in Spanish on a set text and one question in Spanish on a set film or two questions in Spanish on set texts.

Paper 3: Speaking, oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

  • Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes).
  • Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS

A language A Level is a very valuable addition to any CV, and helps open doors to all sorts of careers, for example in the areas of tourism, marketing, law and the civil service. Additionally success at this level of language shows linguistic and communication ability and a capacity to be well organised and disciplined. Universities look very favourably on a good language A-level in applications to all sorts of degree courses.

In particular there are many opportunities to take up new languages at university: at least one past student of languages at Liskeard went on to study Chinese and Japanese! His grade A helped to convince his university that he had the linguistic talent to take on this challenge. Other students have gone on to study speech therapy and linguistics.

RESULTS

2017: 100% pass rate, rated in the top 25% nationally.

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Mrs Williams

Mrs Gilbey

To get the best grades in Spanish we recommend that students should bear in mind that a stay in a Spanish speaking country with native speakers makes a huge difference to their ability and confidence in the language.

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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