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Year 13 Spanish

Guidance for Parents

What will students be studying in Spanish this year?

Building on the linguistic knowledge acquired at AS level, the A2 course will allow A2 students to further develop their proficiency in all four skill areas in Spanish. At this level they will need to use their language skills to present viewpoints, develop arguments, analyse and evaluate both in speech and in writing. The oral exam is 40% of the final A2 grade and Listening, Reading and Writing make up the remaining 60%. We follow the WJEC A2 specification

Film studies and the analysis of at least one literary text also form an integral part of the course. Spanish essays at this level could be about characters, relationships and topics featured in the films and/or literary texts. Compared to the essays at AS level they require much more in depth analysis and background reading. Students will also develop their ability to translate from English to Spanish and will tackle short translations on a weekly basis.

Expectations of students in Spanish

Year 13 students should by now have developed the ability to manage their time effectively. They need to make sure that they not only keep up with homework set by their class teachers and the language assistant but they should also find enough time to make sure that they are keeping up to date with the news in Spain and working to consolidate and develop their vocabulary and cultural knowledge further.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students will be set written pieces to complete most weeks, translation passages and regular grammar and unit tests throughout the year. The mock exam will take place in November and, after that, there will be other opportunities to work through past papers.

Students will start to research their film/book from November onwards and will have a full mock oral in February.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher(s). Once we have ascertained why she is struggling and in which areas, we will be able to put together a personalised and manageable support package.

How can I support my daughter in Year 13?

As most parents do not have specialist subject knowledge in MFL, it is not always easy for parents to provide targeted support. It is not really necessary for parents to buy materials as nearly everything your daughter will need is available on the Internet. It is important to make sure you listen to your daughter and ask her how she is getting on. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Please encourage your daughter to take part in at least one of our school trips as this is often a great way to develop confidence and a love of the subject.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be doing?

There are a whole host of things your daughter can do to develop her language skills: read Hispanic newspapers online, listen to songs and video clips, watch DVDs from our extensive film library, use vocabulary building websites to consolidate and learn vocabulary. Independent learning is the key to doing well in this subject and all the evidence confirms that students who are effective independent learners achieve the grades they are aspiring to.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Spanish department: either Mrs Ballaster or Mr Moren at eballaster@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk or peter.moren@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk