Alderman Peel

High School

Spanish

Staff

Ms F Lagrange: Director of Learning and teacher of French
Mrs R Brown: Teacher of Spanish

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his langauge, that goes to his heart".

- nelson mandela

Learning a new language requires dedication (we recommend 10-15 minutes of independent revision daily) yet it offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills and improve literacy and grammatical knowledge of English at the same time.

Benefits of learning Spanish:

  • Communicating with people in 21 countries around the world who speak Spanish as a native language, with a total of around 440 million native speakers. In addition, 6 further countries have Spanish as a commonly used language, with the second-largest Spanish speaking population in the world being in the United States of America.
  • Developing knowledge of English. 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, 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 specialised vocabulary, as the many centuries of Roman rule left their mark linguistically in these and other modern scientific and professional fields.
  • Travelling; knowing the language and culture of the land you visit will give you insights into the people and culture that a non-Spanish speaker would never have access to. Considering that a great number of Spanish speakers do not know English, whether giving an address in a taxi, making reservations in a hotel, ordering food or drinks in a restaurant, or meeting the locals out and about, your travel experience will be much smoother and more enjoyable when you can communicate.
  • Cultural awareness; As more and more people are speaking Spanish world-wide, being able to communicate in Spanish will give you access to culture and people in ways that are not possible through third party translation.

 

Building a better understanding of others always leads to better relationships and language is the enabling tool which facilitates better understanding of others. It will also help you to expand and improve your use of English as knowing two or more languages develops your overall ability to better articulate your thoughts, ideas and emotions with others.

  • A second language is a requirement for many college and university courses and there is evidence to show that those who become proficient in a second language earn more than those who do not. In an increasingly globalized world, the ability to communicate and do business with those in other countries is becoming a skill which is increasingly necessary instead of a merely desirable, so being able to offer this to potential employers is a definite bonus.
  • A GCSE in a foreign language is also requirement if a student is aiming for the English Baccalaureate.
     

Assessment

There are four equally weighted terminal exams, one for each of the skill areas:

  • Listening and understanding in Spanish
  • Speaking in Spanish
  • Reading and understanding in Spanish
  • Writing in Spanish

Further information about the content of the course can be found on the Edexcel website.

 

Curriculum Intent

Ambition The MFL Department aims to produce confident, capable and articulat linguists who can work independently in their Speaking and Writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures. We aim to challenge the view that learning a language is not necessary. 
Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge students.
Pride High expectations set the tone in lessons. Students are expected to learn from their mistakes and are constantly encouraged to do so. Students are able to achieve and be successful in lessons. We clebrate the achievements of our linguists because lreaning a language is a great achievement.
Happiness An increasing number of students continue studying MFL. Students are provided with a well-planned and challenging curriculum. Students are regularly given opportunities to gain cultural awareness through lessons. The MFL Department organises Language tirps every year, to develop an awareness and understanding of the countries where the languages they study are spoken, their people and culture. Learning a language is important.
Success We provide students with opportunities to master the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. 
Students are regularly given opportunities to learn and work from memory, to ensure that they are fully prepared for the demands of the new GCSE. Our students are able to express opinions and offer justifications. We offer after-school/Easter/twilight revision sessions to highlight the importance of hard work, independence and cooperation in order to be a successful and productive member of society.

 

Please note, due to the level of proficiency required it is recommended that students have studied Spanish for at least two years before choosing it as an option.

“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.” 
Roger BaconThe Opus Majus of Roger Bacon - Volume 1