"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart" - Nelson Mandela
At RHA, the Spanish curriculum provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of different cultures and learn how to express their ideas and thoughts in another language on a variety of topics. Learning a foreign language nurtures curiosity, encourages students to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develops new ways of thinking and seeing the world. Our ultimate goal is for students to understand and communicate personal and factual information in Spanish that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, to develop their ability to be self-efficacious and to create the best conditions for success in the future.
The Spanish GCSE is taught over the course of two years, following the AQA specification. Students study a variety of topics that will enable them to understand and convey information in Spanish and develop their understanding of different cultures. The material taught is both accessible and challenging in order to engage learners of all abilities. At the end of the course, students are assessed on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The curriculum reinforces confidence building and encourages students to challenge themselves, have high aspirations and an ampler global outlook.
Spanish develops many valuable, transferable skills, particularly the ability to communicate with others verbally and in writing. By working outside their comfort zone, students learn how to approach challenges in their learning and develop self-confidence and curiosity. Some themes studied at KS4, for example social and global issues, encourages students to be critical and analytical in their thinking. All these skills acquired through language learning are valued by employers and vital for students pursuing further education.
This course also exposes students to different ways of living and different cultures, encouraging them to examine their own experiences and traditions, and be tolerant and curious of other cultures. At RHA, we hope to offer trips to Spain in the future so that our students have the chance to speak Spanish with native people and visit cultural places.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Knowing a foreign language equips our students with a greater global outlook and language skills that will enrich their personal life experiences and better their chances for employment. Overall, learning Spanish will give students the opportunity to explore a variety of future pathways:
- Study a foreign language degree at university that could lead to a wider variety of careers
- Travel the world
- Better their chances in securing employment at home or abroad.