Like French, Spanish is a "romance" language with its origins in Latin. Although students don't start the course until Year 8, by the end of the course they will be as proficient as they are in French and many girls continue it to GCSE.
Why Spanish? Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world with 35 million speakers in the USA alone, Hispanic countries are popular holiday destinations and their rich culture inspires our music, media and food.
Year 8 and 9 students follow the Español de Primero coursebook which introduced basic grammar, including present tense, adjectives and pronouns. Topics include family and friends, your home and local area, your daily routine, leisure activities, holidays and travel, shopping and health.
Spanish GCSE (edexcel: 2SP01)
2 speaking and 2 writing Controlled Assessments (60%) - exams (reading 20% and speaking 20%)
In Years 10 and 11 students further develop the vocabulary, tense and grammar to describe events in the past, present and future. They build on their understanding of the five broad topic areas on which the GCSE is based:
- house, home and daily routine
- at home and abroad
- education, training and employment
- media, entertainment and youth culture
- social activities, fitness and health
Students can improve their confidence, fluency and cultural understanding through our Spanish exchange programme.
Our language GCSE students make full use of the state-of-the-art language learning facilities in the Stratford Language Centre.