What is the course about?
This course aims to prepare students for the GCSE examination higher tier and to consolidate and extend their existing skills in Spanish.
Examination board: Edexcel
Interview dates: Thursday 4th July 2019, 17.15-20.15 and Thursday 12 September 2019, 17.00-20.00
Term dates: 26 Sept 2019 – 15 May 2020
Term 1: 26 Sept – 12 Dec 19
Term 2: 16 Jan – 2 Apr 20
Term 3: 23 Apr – 15 May 20
Exam dates (provisional):
Paper 1 (Listening) and Paper 3 (Reading): 20 May 20 (morning)
Paper 4 (Writing): 3 June 20 (morning)
Paper 2 (Speaking): 2 Apr 20 (afternoon/evening)
Contingency date set by the external exam boards will be 24/06/20 (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 exams).
What will we cover?
GCSE topics: personal identification, family, pets, leisure, hobbies and entertainment, everyday activities, food and drink, health, welfare and fitness, house and home, town and local area, shopping, holidays and accommodation, school, further education and work, language and communication in workplace, the environment and society, travel and transport, public services, world events and issues, relations with others.
Grammar: all main points will be included, with emphasis on past tenses, pronouns and prepositions; understanding and limited use of some conditional and subjunctive.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- give and seek information about yourself and others, describe your home, describe your family and domestic routine
- talk about your school/education/job/future plans, discuss hobbies/arrange leisure activities/express opinions/express likes and dislikes
- find the way, give information and talk about transport, communicate as a host or guest/ talk about holidays and holiday accommodation/make plans
- talk about food and drink: recipes, restaurants, at home, express state of health/describe illness
- enquire about/describe goods required shopping/state preferences
- deal with problems and use services: post office, bank, lost property
- describe/comment on weather/understand basic forecasts
- make acquaintances/arrange meetings
- understand main aspects of Spanish culture and society, talk about environmental issues
- write/reply to a variety of letters/postcards, invitations & messages (some may be hand-written) / read short articles/reviews in the Spanish press and comment on them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 2 upper course - Students should have attended a Stage 2 lower course or have a lower intermediate level of Spanish, having studied for about 2 years. Interviews start from July. Please book early as places are limited.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level.
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.
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?
Texbook: Viva! Edexcel GCSE Spanish Higher Student Book, ISBN 978-1292118987
Please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Spanish 3 lower courses in Septemberor LSY30 Spanish preparation for A-level.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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