Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages


Introduction:

Due to its popularity, Spanish has become a compulsory subject for KS3 in many schools in UK. Although it may seem that everyone speaks English, the truth is that over 75% of the world’s population do not and the demand of linguists is increasing every year. Being the second most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin, makes Spanish a good choice..

At NUAST, we understand Spanish is an opportunity to expand our students’ future career prospects. We also make sure that our curriculum has a balance between speaking, listening and writing skills and that our lessons are interactive, engaging and fun. Progress is noticeable, and soon students start building their confidence when doing speaking role-plays, writing longer paragraphs and picking up more information in the listening and reading activities.

Key Stage 3:

Spanish is currently offered in year 7 and will expand into year 8 and year 9 as the school grows over the coming years.

Year 7 topics:

• My life

• My family and friends

• My free time

• My school

• My town

GCSE:

We offer GCSE courses in Spanish and are following the new Edexcel GCSE specification.

TITLE OF GCSE COURSE & SYLLABUS – EDEXCEL GCSE SPANISH COURSE

Theme 1: Identity and culture

• Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

• Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

• Topic 3: Free-time activities

• Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

• Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

• Topic 2: Social issues

• Topic 3: Global issues

• Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

• Topic 1: My studies

• Topic 2: Life at school/college

• Topic 3: Education post-16

• Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

How is the course assessed?

Grades available – 9-1

For Spanish you are marked on four key areas - reading, writing, listening and speaking – these will be important skills to have when you apply for college, university and even a job.

Reading Exam – 25% Listening Exam – 25% Speaking Exam – 25% Writing Exam 25%

• The reading and listening exams are short and some answers are multiple choice.

• The oral assessments include a role-play, the description of a picture and a short conversation. We do lots of practice in class and few mocks before the final exam.

• The written assessment is based on the themes that we have learnt in class and students have to write only 150 words for the longest task.

How can parents support students in this subject?

• Regular checking of homework tasks; testing weekly vocabulary on Quizlet.

• Highlight relevant media articles about Spanish, from newspapers, magazines or the internet. Encourage students to watch the international news and take an interest in the world around them.

Links:

Quizlet:

https://quizlet.com

(45 minutes per week recommended to learn key vocabulary)

Edexcel GCSE Spanish:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/spanish-2016.html

Spanish revision website

: http://www.spanishrevision.co.uk/gcse/gcse_index.htm

Languages gym:

https://language-gym.com/#!/

(30 minutes per week of “verb trainer” recommended to practise tenses)

BBC Bitesize GCSE Spanish

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z4dqxnb

Lyrics training Spanish:

https://es.lyricstraining.com/

Modern Foreign Languages