MFL – Spanish

Departmental Aims

We aim to prepare students to become global citizens and compete for jobs in the international marketplace by inspiring a life-long love of languages and developing independent language learning skills through an emphasis on linguistic manipulation, grammar and authentic materials.

Programmes of Study

All pupils  study the following four topics: Media and Culture; Travel and Tourism; Sport and Leisure; Business, Work and Employment.

KS3 :

Year 7 Content

* My life:  getting used to Spanish pronunciation.  Talking about your personality.  Talking about age, brothers and sisters.  Saying when your birthday is.  Talking about your pets.  Using numbers and the alphabet.

* Miro : Learning how to describe a picture from a famous painter.

* Free time:  Saying what you like to do.  Saying what you do in your spare time.  Talking about the weather.  Saying what sports you do.

* My school:  saying what subjects you study.  Giving opinions about school subjects. Describing your school.  Talking about break time.  Understanding details about schools.

* My family and my friends:  describing your family.  Describing your hair and eye colour.  Saying what other people look like.   Describing where you live.

Year 8 Content

* My town:  Describing your town or village.  Telling the time.  Ordering in a café.  Saying what you are going to do at the weekend.  Understanding people describing their town. Giving directions, learning how to read a map in Spanish.

* My holidays : Describing past holidays.  Saying what you did on holiday.  Giving opinions about what you did.

* Personal Information: Introducing yourself and greeting people.  Talking about social media and new technologies. Using Spanish in the classroom.  Getting used to Spanish pronunciation. Talking about TV and type of films, talking about what you did yesterday.

* Let’s eat: Talking about mealtimes, giving a description of your tastes in food, ordering food in a restaurant. Talking about what you ate yesterday.

Year 9 Content

* Invitations:  Making and responding to invitations.  Talking about the weather.  Saying what you do in town and what you are going to do at the weekend.

* Fashion:  Talking about clothes.  Discussing school uniform.  Choosing and buying clothes.

* My house:  Describing where you live.  Giving directions.  Talking about your house.  Saying what you do in your house.  Describing your bedroom. Talking about your daily routine.

* Operation summer : Talking about holiday homes and your preferences, saying what can you do when on holidays and talking about summer camps.

* Los cuentos ( stories):  Learning how to adapt a short tale using all grammar and skills learnt. Improving your creative writing skills by writing a short tale in Spanish.

* Films : Talking about films and what you watched in the cinema the last time you went. Watch and work on the film “ Zipi y Zape y el club de las canicas”. Writing a review of the film.

* Holidays :  Discussing different types of holidays, talking about your past holidays, your future holidays and what do you normally do on holidays. Introducing all tenses to be able to speak with spontaneity.

Key Stage 4

GCSE: Students will follow the new AQA specification at GCSE. This is assessed by four exams that will test each of the four skills. Listening, reading , writing and speaking.  Each exam comprises 25% of the total marks awarded.

Extra-curricular activities

* The department offers a vast range of activities, including the following:

* Spanish visit;

* Foreign Language Plays;

* Catch-up sessions and clubs.

How can parents supports their children

You don’t need to be a linguist to help your child achieve their potential.

1. Encourage them to learn their vocabulary. – Research shows that you need 1,000 words to be able to communicate in a language. If your child learned 10 words every week during term time from year 7 to year 11, they would take their GCSE exam with a vocabulary of 1,800 words. They will regularly be given learning homework, which is every bit as important as the written tasks their teacher sets, and they need to develop good learning habits from year 7.

2. Let them teach you. – One of the most effective ways to learn is by teaching someone else. Sit down with your child and let them show you what they have learned.

3. Help them enjoy their favourite activities in a foreign language. – Encourage your child to find music in the language they are studying and listen to it or, even better, sing along. Check their favourite DVDs to see whether they have foreign language audio or subtitles and watch them in the foreign language which they are studying. Find clips on YouTube. Look at the websites for foreign football teams or film stars. Find game sites – both language games but also the games they already enjoy but with foreign language instructions.

4. See the potential in learning a language. – 44 % of British businesses want employees who speak Spanish, (Source: CBI Language Trends survey 2013). Help your child to realise that they are not simply learning a few phrases to experiment with on holiday. They are preparing to become part of a global workforce and it is a myth that most people in the world speak English. In fact only an estimated 1 in 10 people in the world have any knowledge of English. (Source: United Nations) Language skills can help your child gain better jobs and will open up amazing opportunities.