Teacher in Charge: Mr L. Wilson
This full year course is for students who have a real passion for Spanish and would like to eventually achieve fluency. It will equip motivated students with all the tools necessary to achieve with Merit and Excellence at NCEA L1. Furthermore, in the second half of the year students will be able to gain four L1 credits in the spoken presentation standard and potentially sit Level 1 external standards if they so choose. Moreover, it will improve students understanding of the English language.
The course starts by teaching students language for surviving on the ground in a Spanish speaking country (Levels 3-4 of the NZ Spanish Curriculum), such as asking for directions and ordering food. Then, it moves on to language for social competence (Levels 5-6 of the NZ Spanish Curriculum), for example expressing and justify basic opinions and describing past events.
Students will also have the opportunity to investigate aspects of Hispanic culture that interest them. For example, Picasso, the Aztecs, Argentine Rugby, Real Madrid vs Barcelona FC, the Salsa or Tango, Paella and Churros. Students studying Spanish will be eligible to take part in the Biannual Spanish trip to either Spain or Argentina.
Spanish could lead to careers in international business and marketing, interpretation and translation, the travel and tourism industry & communications.