Additionally, the literary, artistic and cultural benefits of pursuing Spanish to A-Level are numerous and varied - if ever you needed convincing of the cultural insights just ask your Spanish teacher at school about Lorca or Don Quijote and you’d probably find it hard to get them to stop talking.
Communication is at the heart of language and in terms of fluency, you will learn to hold and conduct spontaneous conversations on a variety of topics and to use and adapt the language to suit the situation. For able linguists who wish to pursue this subject at degree level (or an even more exotic language like Arabic) A-Level Spanish is excellent preparation.
During the course at Chapeltown, we study the works of Lorca and Garcia Márquez and the films of Diego Luna and Perdo Almodóvar. Additionally the A-Level course gives wonderful and exciting scope to explore aspects of Hispanic society and make comparisons with British society in relation to issues of equality (la igualdad), values (los valores) and new technologies (el ciberespacio). Additionally, the course explores issues of la inmigración, la integración and el racismo in the context of multiculturalism in Hispanic society. The final “content” element is artistic culture and political life in the Hispanic world and this section encourages study of a huge variety of features, including aspects of Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España) , popular movements (movimientos populares) modern day idols (la influencia de los ídolos) as well as historical dictatorships across the Spanish speaking world.
Previously we have visited Cataluña, where we were based in Barcelona and any students wanting to study Spanish are strongly recommend to come on one of our planned visits to Spain. We have trips to Valencia and Sevilla in the pipeline. Should there be enough interest we will also look to organising a trip to South America.
The course is founded upon a comprehensive grammatical understanding of the language – essential for success in every aspect of its usage. We look at this early in the first year to ensure students can really make the most of everything the course has to offer.
Our entry criteria are for students to have a B grade in the language at GCSE, although this really is an absolute minimum. Critically, students should be fiercely passionate about the language, and the desire to learn how to read, speak and write it and be committed to understanding about the culture in which it has thrived and thrives now.
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Speaking to someone in their own language, merely while on holiday, is an amazing benefit of having succeeded at A-Level language.
That aside, job prospects for linguists are significantly greater in industry and the professions where foreign markets and clients are served. Further, command of a second language is particularly beneficial for international work (e.g. with the UN), or work relating to translation, interpretation and review.
Spanish at A-Level is, almost always, a pre-requisite for studying it at degree level.