We encourage pupils to use the language in the classroom as soon as possible, and we focus on delivering the majority of each lesson in the target language. Pupils will hear a range of accents and will also benefit from the department's Hispanic cultural experiences. It is our firm belief that pupils will make the most of the subject when they see a real purpose for learning. We incorporate a range of activities in our teaching, making use of songs, games, and our interactive language laboratory. We are keen for our students to experience Spanish outside the classroom, too. Examples of some of the events and trips that have taken place over recent years include:
- Annual Spanish plays for KS3 and KS4 pupils produced by the Onatti Theatre group (http://onatti.co.uk)
- A Level cinema evenings at the Little Theatre, Bath
- Tapas and Spanish-speaking evenings
- KS3 trip to Andalusia Spain.
- Exchange to Madrid for a pupils view.
- Sixth form Languages Day at Southampton University
This year the Spanish Department welcomed Professor Stephen Hart who specialises in Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College, London. He gave a seminar on the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tan author that Year 13 students are studying for their A level examination. Professor Hart has spent much time in Colombia, producing a documentary on Garcia Marquez, which gives a real insight into the author, his life and the experiences which influenced his novels. Having such an expert speak to the students about the intricacies of the novel was of huge benefit to our Sixth Form Spanish students. We look forward to welcoming Professor Hart again next academic year.
There are many reasons why learning Spanish can bring lifelong benefits:
- Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. It will enable you to speak to people not only in Spain but also in the majority of South America. Moreover, it is the second language in the world's most powerful economy, the USA.
- Learning Spanish will enhance your job prospects. According to studies, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. Having Spanish allows you to become more marketable to potential employers in a global economy.
- Spanish can help you learn other Latin based languages. Portuguese and Italian will both come relatively easily once you have a good grasp of Spanish.
You can view details of our A Level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.
Please click here to view details of our GCSE course in the Kingswood GCSE curriculum booklet.