The course begins by gradually building confidence in spoken and written Spanish through the study of a wide variety of aspects of modern Spanish and Latin American life and culture. Students study internet, written press, radio and TV reports and discuss ideas and contemporary issues while acquiring a broad vocabulary. All students have weekly intensive language work with the Spanish assistant and are also expected to undertake listening exercises and vocabulary learning at home as well as preparation and consolidation work. There is also the opportunity to spend time in Spain on a study tour.
This course content is divided as follows:
1 Social issues and trends
2 Political and artistic culture
4 Works: literary texts and films
Exam board: AQA
Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements, to include grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing – 50% of the A level
Paper 2: Writing – 20% of the A level
Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of the A level
Paired speaking practice with the Spanish language assistant.
Spanish cinema – film visit
Study tour to Spain
We provide: In class access to:-
Kerboodle: Online access to the course text for A Level Year 1 (Yr12) to include online copy of the textbook, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.
Kerboodle: Online access to the course text for A Level Year 2 (Yr13) to include online copy of the text book, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.
Selected photocopies of key documents.
If you want a hard copy of the textbook these will need to be purchased.
Other costs: To be met by students
501 Spanish Verbs – 8th edition £10.30
Literary Text Cómo agua para chocolate £7.61
Palabra por Palabra – advanced vocabulary – 6th edition – for AQA £8.91
Collins Robert Spanish Dictionary Complete and Unabridged: For advanced learners and professionals (Collins Dictionaries) £26.00 (optional but recommended. Free online dictionaries may suffice.)
All of the above may be purchased online second hand at reduced cost.
We normally arrange a language study visit to Spain of one week’s duration. In the past this has been to Seville in Andalucia. Approx. cost £695. (Optional but very highly recommended)