Spanish Year 7
The course caters for the fact that some of our students are complete beginners but that most have received some language teaching in their primary schools. The Faculty follows the Secondary Strategy’s MFL Framework, which promotes confidence in all students through an ownership of learning skills. Students work with the textbook “Mira 1” and receive an exercise book.
What is studied
- Vamos: Greetings, names, ages, birthdays, numbers 1-31, classroom objects, days of the week, alphabet
- En el instituto: School subjects, opinions, mealtimes, describing school
- Mi familia: Family, pets, physical description and characteristics
- En casa: Talking about your home and saying where it is, describing your house/rooms, daily routine and after-school activities
- El tiempo libre: Sports and hobbies, arranging to go out, telling the time, future activities.tasks.
The language-learning skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed. Grammar is met through the topic areas, building upon students’ primary school Literacy work.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Class size is usually between 24 to 28 students.
Lessons are interactive and tailored according to the groups needs. Language skills are practised using a variety of activities: listening to native speakers, CD’s, DVDs, ICT, games, songs, projects and reading.
This reinforces class work. It is important to recognise that preparation for a speaking task or learning for a vocabulary test is given as much time as a writing or reading homework.
There are normally assessments in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, covering all four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing..
How parents/carers can help
It is really not necessary to know any Spanish at all. Please test your daughter on vocabulary, encourage her to speak any Spanish words or speaking presentations aloud to you or allow your daughter to teach you or a younger member of the family a few phrases. Look through and discuss topics/ comments in your daughter’s exercise book. Research the following websites for suitable exercises:
http://www.linguascope.com - beginner
Foreign Language Spelling Bee is a competition for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). A knock-out competition takes place in each class until an elite team represent the school at a national competition.