Our department acknowledges that the ability to understand and communicate in other languages is increasingly important in our society and in the global economy. Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society, to personal fulfillment, mutual understanding, commercial success and international trade and global citizenship.
Therefore, our aims are:
- To instill in our students a love, interest and enthusiasm for the language and an appreciation of its importance in an increasingly globalized society while they develop a better understanding of themselves and their own culture.
- To teach pupils to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign languages in a variety of contexts and genres
- To develop the ability to use the foreign language both imaginatively and creatively
- To give pupils a thorough grammar base in the languages studied
- To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation through insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken
- To extend pupils learning experiences beyond the textbook through the use of authentic materials and extracurricular activities encouraging them to become independent learners
- To provide skills which have a wider application and form the basis of lifelong learning experience (analytical skills, drawing inference, lateral thinking etc)
- To inspire students to pursue the study of the language and its culture in a broader context with a life-long interest in the subject
WHY IS SPANISH EXCITING AT CLSG?
As a department, we aim to combine thorough linguistic preparation with genuine enjoyment of languages and cultural competence. Audiovisual and ICT resources are used in every lesson and all exam classes are timetabled in our multimedia language laboratory once a week. We also offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as residential trips abroad, competitions (Ruta Quetzal, Canning House essay writing competition; Linguistic Olympiads etc) and subscription to Spanish magazines. Ultimately, our aim is to prepare our students to be competent global citizens through their knowledge of languages and appreciation of foreign cultures.
Years 7 - 9
By the end of the first year of study, pupils will be able to hold basic conversations, understand basic Spanish spoken at a normal pace and be able to write a letter to a pen friend on self description and family related topics. This foundation is built upon to include other topics surrounding Spanish life and grammatical rules.
Year 8 students cover topics about daily life, holidays, food etc and they learn a range of grammatical tenses and structures that entitle them to tackle longer and to understand longer pieces of reading texts, and they can produce essays on the topics covered.
Year 9 students start the IGCSE course that will entitle them to sit the exam at the end of Year 10.
We offer to Year 8 the opportunity to visit Barcelona , Spain in a cultural trip that takes place over a weekend in July.
Years 10 and 11
Students develop comprehension and practical communication skills, considering grammatical correctness and creativity. They also gain an insight into the culture and civilisation of European countries and communities and in turn develop an understanding of themselves and their own culture. All our students sit their IGCSE examination at the end of Year 10 and they follow an introductory course to Spanish AS in Year 11 where they embark on some AS topics like trends amongst young people in Spain and the social background of some current issues related to them.
In the October half-term of Year 10 we organise a study vist to Granada. Girls take structured lessons in a language shcool. There are organised cultural visits to places of great interest and opportunities to socialise with young Spaniards.
Students learn in depth topics related to current issues in Spanish speaking countries. They develop their evaluation, analytical and debating skills through the different topics studied in the lessons.
In Easter students have the opportunity to go to Spain for a week and stay with Spanish families. They attend structured lessons in the morning which have been tailored to their needs and they partake in a range of cultural activites in the afternoon and evening.
GCSE: IGCSE Edexcel
A-Level: OCR A Level
- Year 8 Trip to Barcelona July 2010
- Year 10 Trip to Granada October 2010
- Year 12 and 13 Trip to Jerez Easter 2010
- Two Sixth Form students took part in the Linguistics Olympiad Final
- One student benefitted from a scholarship to study Spanish for two weeks in the prestigious Menandez Pelayo University in Santander
- City girls have been successful in external Spanish competitions including the Canning House Essay Competition 2009, where City students won 1st and 3rd prize
- A Year 13 student won the prestigious Ruta Quetzal Spanish scholarship last year. King Juan Carlos of Spain established the scheme to unite Spanish-speaking students from around the world. She joined 360 students from over 50 countires in Europe, Asia, Africa and America on a 6 week trip through Panama and regions of Spain.
"Spanish at City is different to any of my other subjects. Not only do I feel inspired by all the teachers, but it is the only lesson where I feel totally immersed in the Spanish culture, despite being in the middle of London." Daria, Year 12
"The Spanish department at City is definitely one of the best - the teachers are excellent, the lessons are engaging and we gain a real understanding of Spanish culture, that goes far beyond the syllabus." Abi, Year 12
"Spanish at A Level is a really exciting course and is certainly never boring. I love how unlike at GCSE we speak Spanish more conversationally and are truly able to debate and express our own opinions about several topical subjects as well as learning about Spanish culture in general. I would really recommend Spanish for anyone who enjoys speaking the language and wants to take it to the next level!" Yasmin, Year 12
Head of Department
Ms M Leturia