What is the course about?
To prepare students to sit the GCE Advanced level examination (Edexcel) in June. The aim of this course is to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and to enable students to use the language for practical communication at an advanced level.
Interview dates: Tue 9 July 2019, 17.00-20.00 and Tue 10 Sept 2019, 17.00-20.00
Term dates: 24 Sept 2019 – 19 May 2020 (33 weeks)
Term 1: Tue 24 Sept – 10 Dec 19 + Sat 2 Nov 12.30-15.30 (12 weeks)
Term 2: 14 Jan – 31 Mar 20 + Sat 8 Feb, Sat 7 March, 12.30-15.30 (12 weeks)
Term 3: 21 Apr- 19 May 20 + Saturday 16 May (5 weeks)
Paper 1 (Listening, Reading & Translation): 21 May 20 (morning)
Paper 2 (Written response to works and translation): 5 June 20 (morning)
Paper 3 (Speaking): Friday in April or May 20 (all day) – specific day tbc
Contingency date set by the external exam boards will be 24/06/2020 (you need to be available on this date if the exam contingency is invoked by the exam boards’ due to a local or national emergency affecting GCE or GCSE examinations).
What will we cover?
A wide variety of themes and contemporary issues in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries will be used as a basis for general language work. The exam consists of reading, listening and writing papers (including essays), and an oral examination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- communicate with greater confidence in Spanish
- write more accurately in Spanish
- compare/contrast aspects of contemporary Spain and Spanish speaking-countries
- demonstrate an extended knowledge of the grammatical structure of Spanish
- sit the A-level examination with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a good upper intermediate level of Spanish. They should be reasonably fluent (not rusty) and have a solid grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary as this is a demanding course preparing you for the A level exam in one year. Please note that you will need to have studied Spanish for about four years or have an equivalent level.
Interviews start from July. Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: prepositions, direct and indirect pronouns, subjunctive, main and subordinate clause.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: conditional, indirect and direct pronouns, hypothetical sentences, subjunctive, subordinate clauses and more complex conjunctions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Edexcel Spanish A Level by Hodder Education. ISBN 978-1471858314
Grammar book: To be confirmed by tutor
A good bilingual dictionary is essential (Oxford or Collins).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any Spanish 4 or 5 course in September or summer.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details