Spanish (Cambridge IGCSE)
In Years 10 and 11 lessons will be spent practising the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course covers topics already familiar to you such as leisure activities, school and holidays; as well as issues such as the environment, healthy living and careers. We will use a wide range of resources including DVDs and language software. In Years 10 and 11 you will receive one weekly conversation session in a small group with a native speaker, as part of your preparation for the oral test.
We shall be following the specifications of the Cambridge IGCSE and International Certificate. The assessment of the two year course consists of separate tests in each of the four language skills, taken at the end of Year 11. All four tests are equally weighted (25%).
Why Study Spanish?
IGCSE Spanish is a springboard to A Level Spanish. Like French, it is a ‘romance’ language with Latin roots, which means there are many links between these three languages.
Spanish is a very accessible language because it has simple pronunciation rules and in writing, there is only one accent to learn. There are more than 20 countries that speak Spanish, and in the United States more people speak Spanish than in Spain! Whether on holiday or for business, studying Spanish will give you the skills to speak confidently in these countries and gain a rich understanding of the history and culture of Spain and Latin America.
Studying Spanish can give you great opportunities for your future if you want to study Spanish at A Level or later at university, or if you want to travel.
It is one of the official languages of the United Nations and is spoken by over 400 million people in the world today. It opens a window to the fascinating cultures of Spain and Latin America and to a whole new world of information and entertainment such as books, music and cinema. Spain and the growing economies of the emerging markets of South America provide business opportunities and enhanced job prospects in international companies operating with many countries where your good Spanish language skills will be a valuable asset.