Learning Spanish is becoming more and more important with regards to business and will enable you to better communicate with 350 million people whose mother tongue is Spanish including many in North America, where Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. Spanish is currently the fourth most commonly spoken language worldwide therefore knowledge of Spanish will enable you to keep pace with Hispanic influence on culture which is becoming stronger across the globe. If you've ever dreamed of visiting far-off, exotic, tropical places, you don't have far to look when you consider the great number of Spanish-speaking countries that fit this description. Wherever you decide to go, be it to Central America, or to Spain, the mother-country of the Spanish language, knowing the language will get you far. In addition to deriving more enjoyment from films, a knowledge of Spanish would help gain access into the minds and times of the people responsible for some of the greatest literature in the Spanish-speaking world.
You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:
- dedicated MFL Sixth Form study area equipped with satellite TV & other audio-visual facilities.
- up-to-date course book/self-study materials.
- small groups of about 6-12 students.
A wide variety of teaching and learning styles are used in the development of students into confident language learners. Students will work independently, in pairs or small groups and collaboratively using a variety of resources, including topical authentic materials from countries where the target language is spoken. Students have opportunities to research in detail topics of their choice in the target language. Extensive use is made of self-study materials using all of the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The nature of the small groups allows for extensive one-to-one coaching and discussion of work completed.
As well as enabling progression to Spanish study at university, a foreign language can be linked to most other academic skills at university and beyond.