“Why learn Spanish?
Why learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples?
450 million people speak Spanish, which makes it one of the most useful languages in the world for travel and the language of one of the largest business, professional and academic markets.”
University of Stirling
At TGS you are introduced to Spanish during Year 7 in a carousel. There you will learn some basic vocabulary and techniques to be able to read and pronounce Spanish words.
By the end of Year 7 you should be able to describe yourself and your family and give opinions about what you study at school.
If you choose to continue studying Spanish in Year 8, you will learn to talk about where you live, your routine and what you do in your free time. There is a pen-pal programme that we run with a school in Colombia so you could get involved with that.
In Year 9 we start our GCSE course in order to give you plenty of time to familiarise with the style of the lessons and exams. During these lessons you will be able to learn more about the culture, life and language of many Hispanic countries.
Students are encouraged to get involved in Spanish Clubs after school (Tuesdays and Thursdays) where they can play games, watch videos and listen to music to help them improve their Spanish skills.
Feel free to visit our department to see what is going on in our lessons!
iHasta la vista!
Course Leader: Mrs Hurtado
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examination Board: Edexcel
Assessment: 25% Listening, 25% Speaking, 25% Reading and 25% Writing
What does the course involve?
Learning languages allows you to:
- Meet people from different countries and find out more about them
- Learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, be confident about speaking in public, use problem solving strategies and write coherently
- Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, which is something many employers and higher education providers want
- Have greater opportunities to work and/or study abroad, or work for companies in the UK with international links
- Discuss your interests, ideas and opinions with other people who speak the language
- Learn more about countries where the language is spoken, and the people who speak it.
Differences from Year 9
You already know a lot of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need for GCSE: you know how to talk about yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, where you live and school. You‘ll build on this knowledge during your GCSE course, and move on to new topics.
The ability to listen to, understand and speak Spanish in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes; develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly; develop an interest in and a knowledge of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. You will also practise translation skills, which will prepare you for a smooth transition into AS and A Level.
You will develop all these skills while covering the following topics:
Identity and culture – Who am I?, Daily life, Cultural life.
Local area, holiday and travel – Holidays, Travel and tourist transactions, Town, region and country.
School – What school is like, School activities.
Future aspirations, study and work – Using languages beyond the classroom, Ambitions, Work.
International and global dimension – Bringing the world together, Environmental issues.