Spanish Year 8
Students build upon their knowledge they have acquired in Year 7. The future tense is explained and the perfect tense (past) is introduced. The Department 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 2”and receive an exercise book.
What is studied
- En la ciudad: Describing your town, building longer sentences
- La gente: Describing people, talking about activities, using reflexive verbs and understanding nationalities
- ¿Vamos a salir? Talking about places in a town, practising the present and near future tenses, inviting someone to go out and making excuses
- Mis vacaciones: Saying where you went on holiday, how you travelled, what you did on holiday and giving more details about your holiday, using the preterite tense
- La comida: Talking about mealtimes, shopping for food, eating out at a restaurant, talking about a past meal and what you like/ don’t like eating.
The language-learning skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed. Grammar is introduced, building on students’ junior school Literacy work.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Class size is usually between 20 to 26 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, DVD’s, 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 child 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