Spanish

Leadership

Head of Department

Mrs Hannah Latimer

latimerh@aesessex.co.uk

Careers in the Classroom

Key Stage 5

Subject Intent:

The Spanish department seeks to develop ambitious and resilient linguists who recognise their common humanity and strive to gain inter-cultural understanding and respect. We aim to provide an understanding of Spanish in a range of themes from social changes, global issues and history which enables students to communicate effectively in authentic situations on their exchange visits and prepared for the challenges of developing the language at a higher level and with an aspiration to continue the language at University or to at least see its value in their future career paths. We intend develop our students to be inquisitive and curious about Hispanic cultures, knowledgeable and understanding, open-minded and courageous as they personally develop through their learning of Spanish.

Subject Implementation:

The Spanish department uses an array of strategies to engage students and tackle the five key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation. Through the different themes, students will be further exposed to language. Film and Literature also constitute a key part of our curriculum and require students to think critically. We use regular 10 point testing to build memory, flipped learning to give students ownership, and group and pair work to build team work and communication skills. Our implementation goes beyond the classroom walls and is enriched through a wealth of extracurricular activities both in school through clinics and enrichment days and overseas work experience through our extensive visits programme connecting communities in various Spanish cities.

Subject Impact:

We strive for our students to be able to communicate effectively when discussing a range of themes and in different contexts. Our students show an understanding of the culture and customs of the Hispanic world. However, our impact goes far beyond data as our students will show intercultural understanding and build relationships with peers overseas. 

At A level in 2018, we achieved an ALPS grade 4. 

Spanish continues to be very popular with several students choosing to continue their studies at University. 

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