What is the course about?
A-level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. Students will develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish and also increase their understanding of written and spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.
How will I be assessed? (AQA)
· Unit 1 (AS): Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours) 70% of AS/35% of A2
Listening Section: Candidates listen to approximately 5 minutes of material which is within their individual control. There are a variety of tasks including transfer of meaning into English and items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses.
Reading and Writing Section: This section comprises 3-4 items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses, together with a cloze test, not based on any of the stimulus material, assessing manipulation of the language and grammar.
Writing Section: Candidates respond to one question from a choice of three. There is one question on three of the four AS topic areas that students will have studied.
· Unit 2 (AS): Speaking (35 minutes) 30% of AS/15% of A2
Part 1 Discussion of a stimulus card: Students have 20 minutes preparation time first and then 5 minutes of discussion based on the stimulus card.
Part 2 Conversation (10 minutes) Candidates nominate their first topic of conversation based on topics covered, then the 2 remaining topics will be covered.
Topics covered: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, Family and Relationships
· Unit 3 (A2): Listening, Reading and Writing (2 ½ hours) 35% of A2
Listening Section: Candidates listen to approximately 6 minutes of material which is within their individual control. This section comprises 3-5 items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses.
Reading and Writing Section: This comprises 2-4 items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses, together with a task involving transfer of meaning from the target language into English and a task involving transfer of meaning from English into the target language.
Writing Section: Candidates respond with one piece of writing to one question from a choice of two, based on each of the five A2 Cultural Topic areas.
· Unit 4 (A2): Speaking (35 minutes) 15% of A2
Part 1 Discussion of a stimulus card: Students choose 1 of 2 stimulus cards given to them and have 20 minutes preparation followed by a 5 minute discussion. Candidates will have to defend or justify a point of view.
Part 2 Conversation(10 minutes) The Conversation will cover both Cultural Topics studied by the candidate.
Topics covered: Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues, cultural topics
How will this course help me in the future?
This course will provide you with the ability to communicate readily in Spanish in a wide range of contexts which will be extremely valuable for foreign travel, further education and employment. Having an additional language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees. In our globalized world, languages are an invaluable skill to have, opening up pathways to new continents, cultures and international organisations.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”