Spanish

Why study Spanish?

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree. The specification has been designed to be studied over two years. The suggestions below relating to content for year one and content for year two are based on the knowledge that the course will generally be taken over two years.

 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish.

Exam

What will I study?

Subject content

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
  • Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
  • Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

 

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration (La Inmigración)
  • Racism (El Racismo)
  • Integration (La Convivencia)

 

Political and artistic culture

Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country.

 

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

 

  • Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)
  • Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape (El patrimonio cultural)

 

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos de mañana)
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships (Monarquías, repúblicas y dictaduras)
  • Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

 

Grammar

AS and A-level students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed.

In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set, drawn from the following lists. The mention of an item in these lists implies knowledge of both its forms and its functions at an appropriate level of accuracy and complexity.

 

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What’s assessed?

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 160 marks in total
  • 40% of A-level

 

Questions

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings in Castilian Spanish will be used and students will have individual control of the recording.

 

All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks).

 

  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.

 

All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks).

  • Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).
  • Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

 

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Paper 2: Writing

 

What’s assessed

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

 

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 90 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

 

Questions

  • Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.
  • All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

 

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

 

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

 

Paper 3: Speaking

 

What’s assessed

 

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

 

How it’s assessed

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

 

Questions

  • Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
  • Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

 

No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).

 

Students may take the assessment only once before certification.

 

Assessments will be conducted by either the centre or a visiting examiner and marked by an AQA examiner.