The increasing globalization of today’s society means that there are more opportunities than ever for people who speak a foreign language. Not only will you enhance your linguistic skills, you will also develop your knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the countries where Spanish is spoken. As part of the course you will also study a Spanish novel and a Spanish-language film. The critical thinking skills that you will practise during this your Spanish A Level will complement those needed for other subject disciplines such as English Literature, Geography, Film Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Theme 1: The Evolution of Spanish Society
Changes in the structure of the family
The world of work
The impact of tourism in Spain
Theme 2: The Political and Artistic Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World
Media and communication
Festivals and traditions
Theme 3: Immigration and Multiculturalism in Spanish Society
The positive impact of immigration
The challenges of immigration and integration in Spain
The public and social reaction towards immigration in Spain
Theme 4: Dictatorship and Transition to Democracy
The Civil War and the rise of Franco (1936-1939)
The dictatorship of Franco
The transition from dictatorship to democracy
In addition we will study the novel “Requiém por un Campesino Español” and the film “El Laberinto del Fauno”.
Assessment is conducted at the end of the course through three exams.
Paper 1 (40%): Listening, reading and translation into English.
Paper 2 (30%): Written response to works of literature/ film and translation into Spanish.
Paper 3 (30%): Speaking. Discussion of course themes and independent research presentation.
A good pass (grade 5) in Spanish.