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We believe that learning and practising a foreign language is not only very satisfying in itself, but once you have it, linguistic power opens up a whole world of opportunities and experiences for you. Travel really does expand your mind and if you can visit the country and communicate with people in their own language, you'll not only encounter more friendliness and courtesy, but you also end up with a far greater understanding of other countries. Ultimately, we aim for you not only to become functional, successful linguists, but to relish a real interest and enthusiasm for other cultures. We want no Colyton student to discover that their world is limited by their language.
Acquiring a language is not only an intellectual exercise: it's also practical and we try to ensure that almost all lessons have some practical activity. We’re always trying out games and communicative exercises so that you get the skills and confidence as well as the knowledge to make you a successful, functioning linguist. We try to strike the right balance between listening, reading, speaking and writing over a sequence of lessons and we love to use lots of different technology.
What we do
Learning Spanish or any other language enhances your employment and mobility prospects, whether you want a career in business, tourism, the media, fashion or world-class football. If working abroad or traveling for work is one of your career goals, learning how to speak Spanish fluently will help you get there. In an increasingly global market, being bilingual will help you speak with international clients, negotiate business deals abroad, and collaborate with experts across the globe.
It will enable you to travel and thrive in Spain and many other Hispanic countries in Central and South America, broadening your horizons, developing your cultural knowledge and understanding and fostering transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity.
Spanish is a sister language of French, part of the Romance languages. Learning Spanish can help boost your vocabulary by familiarizing you with English words that have Latin roots. Once you get to the end of the course, your level will be parallel with French or German.
Lower Years Spanish
Family and Personality
Sport and Leisure
Ordering from restaurant
Opinions and reasons
Food and drinks
Plans for eating and going out
Holidays and Preterite
Middle Years (Y9-11) Spanish
The three broad themes studied are:
Identity and culture
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Current and future study and employment
The GCSE Spanish course will develop your desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of Spanish around the world in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. By number of native speakers, (there are over 400 million of them), Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, as well the official language of twenty countries. You will find this linguistic skill very useful later in life.
Within these themes you will study:
• Self and relationships
• Technology and social media
• Health and fitness
• Entertainment and leisure
Customs and Traditions
• Food and drink
• Festivals and celebrations
Home and Locality
• Local areas of interest
France and French-speaking countries
• Local and regional features and characteristics
• Holidays and tourism
• Social issues
• Charity/voluntary work
• School/college life
• School/college studies
World of Work
• Work experience and part-time jobs
• Skills and personal qualities
Jobs and Future Plans
• Applying for work/study
• Career plans
GCSE Spanish is a linear qualification with 100% of assessment taking place at the end of the course. There are four components:
We emphasise practical communication and help you to develop your confidence to manipulate language spontaneously so that you can enjoy and be successful in real-life social situations abroad or when dealing with Spanish-speaking visitors. We use realistic and authentic resources and will be offering you the chance to apply your language skills (and gain a memorable experience) on the Castellón Exchange in Valencia. Needless to say, as with French, you will find qualifications in Foreign Languages essential assets in your career and leisure time.