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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE

SPANISH (EDX)

GCSE Course Outline

Why choose Edexcel GCSE Spanish?

Spanish

We believe languages should be accessible for all students. Our new Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Spanish has been developed to help students of all abilities progress and develop a passion for languages, through culturally engaging content.

The specification includes both familiar and new topics that motivate students.

Manageable content

Our content has been structured across five themes. This flexible programme of study allows time for a focused revision period at the end of the course.

Content and assessments that provide an engaging real-world focus.

The authentic situations and stimuli enable students to see language in context and learn about the culture of the target language country. Our assessments allow for spontaneity and test grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently, creatively, and in authentic situations.

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

The five themes are:

All themes and topics must be studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

For listening and reading assessments, the majority of contexts are based on the culture and countries where the assessed language is spoken. Students may also refer to the culture of the assessed language country/countries or communities in the speaking and writing papers. It is, therefore, important that students are exposed to materials relating to Spanish-speaking countries throughout the course.


Spanish GCSE Course Specification
Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Spanish
Written examination
Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks 25% of the total qualification

Assessment overview

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken Spanish by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female Spanish speakers.

Paper 2: Speaking in Spanish
Internally conducted and externally assessed
Foundation tier: 7-9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks
Higher tier: 10-12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks
25% of the total qualification

Assessment overview

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in Spanish for different purposes and in different settings.

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Spanish
Written examination
Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks
Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks
25% of the total qualification

Assessment overview

Students are assessed on their understanding of written Spanish across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Students are required to respond to multiple-response and short-answer questions based on these texts.

Paper 4: Writing in Spanish
Written examination
Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks
Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks
25% of the total qualification

Assessment overview

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Spanish for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in Spanish. The instructions to students are in Spanish. Word counts are specified for each question. Students must answer all questions.

Foundation tier - three open response questions and one translation into Spanish.

Higher tier - two open response questions and one translation into Spanish.

Introductory Reading
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Core textbook:
- Leanda Reeves and Anneli Mclachlan: Edexcel GCSE Spanish
- Rachel Hawkes and Christopher Lillington: Viva Edexcel GCSE Spanish