Learning and undertaking activities in languages contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The importance of languages
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world. Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.
What qualities/skills do I need to study Spanish GCSE? You will need: enthusiasm, a positive attitude, determination to be successful, willingness to learn and work hard, perseverance, confidence and be an independent learner. Skills – creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, good listening. reading skills and good communication skills in speaking and writing. What will I learn? There are four main areas of learning: Lifestyles, Leisure, Home and Environment and Work and Education. These topics include: health choices, the media, the environment, careers and information technology. What qualifications will I get? One GCSE – ranging from A* to G How will I be assessed? In May/June of Year 11 there are tests in the Listening and Reading skills. Each test is worth 20% of the final marks. During the two year course there are controlled assessments for the Speaking and Writing Skills. You will produce two written assignments worth 30% of the final marks and two speaking assignments again worth 30%. How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? You can continue to study languages at A level and at University, many universities are now asking for a language qualification owing to the skills language learners are able to use. Combine a language with a Business qualification or a course in Travel and Tourism. This is an academic subject and so will count towards the English Baccalaureate. Careers in Languages. Customer Service Advisors, Telesales Executive, Banking, The Insurance Industry, The Hospitality Industry, Social and Youth Workers, The Travel Industry, The Diplomat Service, The Media World, Solicitor, Teaching, Local Government, The Civil Service.