‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’ Frank Smith
(British psycholinguist and academic)
English may be spoken all over the world, but that doesn't mean it's the most popular language. Spanish is the second most spoken mother tongue in the world (7.8% of the world population), before English! It is spoken in South and Central America, Spain and in the United States. Spanish is one of the most used languages in communication, economy and tourism, and it continues to grow.
When you learn a new language you demonstrate empathy and respect as you discover different cultures and traditions. Your communication skills -including in English- are also enhanced as you develop a wider range of vocabulary. Your problem solving skills are tested and on long term help you to protect the brain from the effects of ageing. Studying and learning a new language can help tremendously with your career prospects, your education, travel and personal enjoyment of the arts and culture.
Subject Learning Checklist
We recommend the use of the AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish Revision Workbook and AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish Revision Guide.
- Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292131412
- Guide ISBN-13: 978-1292131443
There is also books identified in current Yr11 textbooks section.
Specification and past papers
Pupils are tested in four skills and four exams: listening, reading, speaking and writing. We follow the AQA exam board who publishes regular exam updates and past papers online. The specification is also available online. It inspires pupils to develop their understanding and knowledge of the language and Spanish speaking countries’ culture through three Themes and a variety of units.
The ability to speak and understand a foreign language is an invaluable asset in itself and is becoming increasingly important as our link with mainland Europe becomes closer and the world of work demands more flexibility and travel. There are many careers opportunities for people with a second language: media, publishing, tourism, law, advertising, marketing, education, recruitment and more.