Languages

The Languages department at Broadlands Academy passionately believe that language learning is an essential skill for all our students. We are delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity of learning Spanish since we believe that learning a language allows us not only to communicate with people all around the world, but also enables us to experience new cultures and in doing so learn more about ourselves.

Key Stage 3

How do our students learn?

The best way to learn another language is to surround yourself with it. In our languages lessons we encourage students to use the language to communicate in the classroom - whether asking for a pen or giving an opinion about the lesson!

We also know the power of making lessons as fun, engaging and relevant as possible. Language learning activities include songs, games, puzzles, group work, pair work, mime, movement, dance and much, much more.

Several times a year we organise languages clubs where students can come and get engaged in extracurricular activities to help them to take part in our school life.

What do our students learn?

In Year 7 students start learning Spanish from scratch which they continue into Year 11 to achieve their GCSE qualifications.

KS3 students study the following topics:

  • My free time   
  • My life
  • My school
  • My family and friends
  • My city
  • My holidays
  • Technology
  • Food and drink
  • Arrangements
  • My house
  • Health
  • Culture and world issues

How do we assess our students?

In KS3 we test the students on two different skills every six weeks: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Students' grades for each skill are recorded and the average grade of the students' assessments is calculated to give parents, students and staff the pupils' Assessed and Predicted Grades.

Key Stage 4

How do our students learn?

Languages lessons continue to include a variety of active teaching and learning techniques and encourage students to develop their extended writing and oral presentation skills. Students will learn the vocab and structures associated with each topic area and also prepare for a series of written and spoken controlled assessments. We also use a range of past papers and authentic resources to develop students' Listening and Reading skills.

What do our students learn?

We currently follow the Edexcel course for Spanish. Students will develop the language skills they have gained during KS3 and will become more independent in their use of spoken and written language. 

The topics we cover at KS4 are:

  •   Holidays
  •   School
  •   People, identity and socialising
  •   Free time, identity and culture
  •   My city
  •   Daily routine
  •   At the doctors
  •   Culture and traditions
  •   In a restaurant
  •   Work experience and jobs
  •   Environmental issues and natural disasters
  •   Healthy eating
  •   International events

Each topic will have a grammar focus and students will be expected to learn the topic specific vocab associated with each topic.


How do we assess our students?

The Spanish GCSE includes students being assessed on all four language skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We use the Pearson Edexcel exam board specifications and guidelines. More information: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/spanish-2016.html


Useful Websites

Three particular websites of interest are as follows:


3) DUOLINGO: Learn Spanish, French and other languages for free. Interactive activities and training: https://www.duolingo.com/

In addition to the above, the following thirty websites are useful sources of information:

1.     Spanish Grammar online
Excellent grammar explanations and practice exercises.

2.     European word translator
See your chosen word in a map of Europe!

3.     TED talks 
With Spanish subtitles - superb!

4.     Easy Spanish
Videos with subtitles!

5.     ProfeDeEl
Some good podcasts here with subtitles

6.     spanishlistening.org
Improve listening skills by watching videos and quizzes

7.     Spaleon
Practise your tenses here!

8.     qlipo 
Learn Spanish by listening to music!

9.     Euronews
The latest news on video with transcripts!

10.   Infografías
Information in a visual form...

11.   muyinteresante.es
Very interesting! Facts about Nature, Science, History all sorts!

12.   Spanishgames
As the title suggests - Spanish games!

13.   Prospanish
A great site for beginners!

14.   Cervantes.es (Mi mundo)
Learn about Spanish language and culture here!

15.   lyricstraining
Learn a language by karaoke style activities...

16.   Reall Languages
Games and news here!

17.   Typeit
Spanish accents - type it here!

18.   Photo Vocab
The photo of the day and the key word!

19.   Text to Speech
Type what you want and listen to how it is pronounced!

20.   veintemundos
A monthly magazine with podcasts and their transcripts - fantastic!

21.   Routes into Languages
Why study languages? Infomation and useful tips!

22.   Quizlet
A site which allows you to type in the words you want to learn and play with.

23.   soccerlingua
To help you learn languages through football!

24.   Learnspanishvocabulary
GCSE vocabulary with sounds!

25.   BBC Bitesize
Plenty of GCSE practice here.

26.   Languagesonline
From Year 7 to 13 - this site has it all!

27.   Spanish TV and Radio
Here, you can watch or listen to whatever you like!

28.   BBC Mi vida loca
Just one episode a week...

29.   Spanishrevision
No time like the present to start revising...

30.   Linguascope
Don´t forget both Linguaprime and Linguastars! You´ll need our username and password for this one.


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