Spanish

SPANISH 2017-2018

Students at Malden Oaks have the opportunity to study either conversational Spanish or Spanish GCSE if they have studied Spanish before. We follow the AQA Spanish GCSE course which involves assessment in the following four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9).

Through this course, the following topics are covered:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Them 3: Current and future study and employment.
  How is it Assessed? Questions
Listening: Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

 

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

 

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

 

Speaking: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes Non-exam assessment

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

 

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

 

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)

Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)

General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Reading: Understanding and responding to different types of written language Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

 

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

 

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

Section C – translation from Spanish into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

25% of GCSE

 

Foundation Tier

 

Q1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

Q2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

Q3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

Q4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

 

Higher Tier

Q1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Q2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

Q3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

 

Post 16 and employability:

Having a language at GCSE level is recognised by many employers as a very useful additional skill, (using a language at work could raise your salary from 8- 20% )

A language at GCSE is also regarded as an important academic subject when applying for a place in post-16 educational institutions.

Having a language can take you towards a number of careers from holiday rep. hotel receptionist to translator, or even international lawyer! People always need to communicate, and knowing a foreign language is a skill that can be transferred to almost any career, and it will definitely make you stand out in an interview situation

Booklet

If you choose to study Spanish, you’ll be working on these four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Through learning the grammar, the language and about the culture in the Spanish speak world, we will explore the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Them 3: Current and future study and employment. At the end of the course, you will have an oral assessment conducted by your Spanish teacher where you’ll record a role play, a conversation with visual prompts and a general conversation for 12 minutes. You’ll then also have 3 exams that will assess your listening, reading and writing skills.

Learning a language is difficult but also great fun. Having language skills can support your learning in other areas of the curriculum as well as develop your understanding of the world around you.