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Studying Spanish will allow you to communicate with more than 495 million people worldwide.  Knowing Spanish will also greatly increase your employment options with many of the world's leading economies demanding Spanish speakers.  Learning Spanish will make traveling to any of the 21 countries where Spanish is an official language easier, not to mention the many countries where Spanish is widely spoken. Learn some Spanish; the knowledge will surely go a long way! 

Know a second language? Great, you're hired! If you have proven yourself to be a capable employee with just the right job skills AND you speak a foreign language such as Spanish, you are much more likely to land that job of your dreams than if you are monolingual. In fact, many jobs today require a minimum of basic proficiency in another language.

Internationally, people who speak Spanish often have opportunities to work in trade or business fields. Other options include diplomacy, interpretation, and security applications, which all require a sensitivity and proficiency of another language. And did you know that bilingual employees often receive a larger salary than their non-Spanish speaking counterparts?

Spanish is from the Romance language family of languages, its roots coming primarily from Latin, the language spoken by the Romans. As you might know, English, too has many words of Latin origin. Because of this, knowing Spanish helps speakers of English (as well as some other European languages) broaden their vocabulary in their native language. Often times, these same Latin roots are at the base of many sophisticated words in English, so Spanish learners can also become more proficient in English.

 In addition, a recognition and understanding of these words of Latin origin is especially helpful in certain professions in science, medicine, law, and many others with specialized vocabulary, as the many centuries of Roman rule left their mark linguistically in these and other modern scientific and professional fields.

Some reasons to study Spanish:

  • Spanish is the world's second most spoken language, after Chinese, and is the second most used language in international communication.
  • By 2030, 7.5% of the world's population will be native Spanish speakers, approximately 535 m.
  • The Latino market is one of the fastest-growing market in North America with over 52 million in the US. In the first quarter of 2012, they accounted for 11% of the total of $2.2 billion e-commerce purchases in the country. By 2015, their buying power is expected to reach 1.5 trillion.
  • 37 million US residents 5 years and older spoke Spanish at home in 2010, up from 17.3 million in 1990. That's an increase of nearly 20 million speakers in just 20 years!
  • "The world is rapidly becoming multilingual and Arabic and Spanish are both key languages of the future" said language researcher David Graddol, commenting on a report presented to the British Council.
  • From 2000-2010, 1 in 4 countries saw their Hispanic population double.
  • Learning Spanish will increasingly open doors to new job opportunities and trade internationally.
  • Latin American countries have been experiencing strong economic growth for years with an estimated GDP growth of 4.67 in 2011.

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At Calday, Spanish is the most popular choice of language with over 350 students studying Spanish from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5. It is also a very popular choice at A level with an average class size at AS level of 16-18.  Take up at A2 is very high (around 80%). Results at GCSE are excellent with over 80% achieving A*- B.

Whilst a thorough knowledge of the grammar is the backbone to the teaching of Spanish we also explore Spanish culture and language through a variety of other ways, including the use of ICT.


Key Stage 3

In Y7 we follow the ¡Viva! 1 course and cover a new module of work each half term.

Year 7

Autumn Term           

  • My life - students will build up vocabulary to be able to produce and recognise information about themselves
  • Free time

Spring Term

  • My school
  • My family and friends

Summer Term

  • My town
  • Revision, assessment and project work

Year 8

In Y8 we follow the ¡Viva! 2 course and cover a new module of work each half term. Students are introduced to the three main time frames. 

Autumn Term

  • Holidays
  • All about my life

Spring Term 

  • Food and drink
  • Making plans

Summer Term

  • Directions
  • Using three tenses effectively

Useful links and websites

www.quizlet.com/isabrodr/folders

www.memrise.com

www.duolingo.com

Assessment information

At Key Stage 3 students will be regularly assessed on their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Learning and exploring the culture of the language is an integral part of the course. Students also have access to a modern and well-equipped language laboratory.


Key Stage 4

In Year 9 we begin the AQA GCSE course and cover a module of work from the ¡Viva! GCSE book each term.

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Holidays

Spring Term 

  • My studies

Summer Term

  • Families and relationships
  • New technology

Year 10

In Y10 we continue the AQA GCSE course and cover a module of work from the ¡Viva! GCSE book each term.

Autumn Term 

  • Free time

Spring Term

  • Home town

Summer Term

  • Food and drink
  • Illnesses
  • Festivals

Year 11

In Y11 we complete the final year of the AQA GCSE course and cover the last two modules of work from the ¡Viva! GCSE book

Autumn Term

  • Jobs
  • Future study

Spring Term

  • Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Global issues

Summer Term

  • Revision and preparation for examinations

Useful links and websites

www.memrise.com

 GCSE Bitesize Spanish (BBC website)

www.quizlet.com/isabrodr/folders

Assessment information

AQA GCSE Spanish Specification 8698

At Key Stage 4 students will be examined by final exam in the summer of their Year 11 course.  Each skill area (listening, reading, writing, speaking) is weighted at 25%.


Key Stage 5

Year 12

Autumn Term

  • Family relationships
  • The world of work
  • Music
  • Media and technology

Spring Term

  • The impact of tourism
  • Festivals and traditions

Summer Term

  • Introduction to literature/ film
  • Introduction to independent research project

Year 13

Autumn Term

  • Immigration and integration
  • Further work on literature and film
  • Review of independent research project

Spring Term

  • The Civil War
  • The Franco dictatorship
  • The transition to democracy

Summer Term

  • Revision and preparation for the summer exams

Useful links and websites

http://www.verbs-online.com/spanish-verbs/spanish-verbs.htm

www.wordreference.com

www.quizlet.com/isabrodr/folders

www.cuatro.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/

www.bbc.co.uklanguages/spanish

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/

Assessment information

EDEXCEL A Level Spanish Specification

At A Level students build a firm foundation in the grammar of the language in the context of different topic areas. Students receive a lesson a fortnight in the dedicated language laboratories where they work independently with listening equipment. They discover the history of the Civil War, the dictatorship and the transition to democracy.

A level skills

The skills foci are:
 

  • Response to spoken text in writing, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail.
  • Response to written text in writing and speaking, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail.
  • Summary of a written text in speaking (Theme 1).
  • Summary of a spoken text in writing.
  • Translation into and from Spanish.
  • Discussion on a theme showing knowledge and understanding of the target-language context and culture.
  • Expressing viewpoints and justifying opinions.
  • Developing an argument and reaching a logical conclusion.

In addition, students need to be able to analyse aspects of culture and present their independent research project in the speaking examination.

A level skills – literature / film

In the study of the literary text / film, students will also need to develop the skills of:

  • Critically analysing the work.
  • Evaluating the form or techniques used in the work.
  • Presenting and justifying viewpoints.
  • Relating the work to key concepts, issues and the social context.
  • Writing a critical response.