My name is Rosemary Osborne, I teach A Level Spanish and I’m also the Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Reigate College. I’m delighted you’ve chosen to study Spanish and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to our friendly Modern Languages Department at the beginning of the academic year.
In preparation for you starting the course and to help maintain your language skills, I’m going to be setting a series of tasks for you to complete over the coming months. I hope you enjoy working through them.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
The Benefits of Learning a Language
Languages are useful for holidays and travel, but did you know that learning a language can also:
Improve employment opportunities – your linguistic and cultural knowledge will be invaluable to employers.
Improve mental health – by alleviating stress and depression and delaying the onset of dementia.
Improve brain power – making you a better lateral thinker. Often good linguists are also good mathematicians and musicians (though you don’t have to be a mathematician or musician to be a linguist!)
Watch this video and make notes on the benefits of learning a foreign language:
Developing Your Skills
At this stage, you’re probably more concerned about how a language can help you with further studies and your future career. Did you know that by learning a language, you will not only gain language-specific skills such as translating and interpreting, summarising, essay writing and understanding of grammar, but also develop transferable skills useful for any career such as:
confidence and flexibility
interpersonal and communication
debating and discussion.
Compare how these people have used languages in their careers:
You will learn far more than just language on a language course – you will build your cultural knowledge about the countries where the language is spoken, developing an insight into their history, culture, values and beliefs.
Read the following information about the famous tomato battle that takes place in Spain each year.
Write a short summary in English about the festival.
Make a note of any Spanish words you are unfamiliar with and look up their meaning.
If you were giving a presentation about this fiesta, how would you best organise the information boxes?
Develop your understanding by researching an element of Spanish culture that interests you.
For example if you would like to know more about Spanish fiestas, visit the following website: https://www.red2000.com/spain/1f-map.html (You can check your understanding by simply changing the website into the English version).
Try this fun Kahoot quiz to test your general knowledge of the Hispanic world.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
One of the best ways to prepare for your A Level Spanish course is to revise, so you are really confident with what you have already learnt. Remember the best way to learn a language is to practise little and often, so you are constantly reinforcing your learning. You can do this in lots of enjoyable ways.
Work through the following activities:
1. Revise vocabulary
Revise your vocabulary from GCSE in a
fun way with Quizlets. Try out all the activities: speller, learn, test, as
well as the games scatter and gravity, for practising the following essential
words and phrases:
Thoroughly revise your knowledge of Spanish
grammar to ensure you are confident and proficient with the basics.
Use the following website for lots of
different options: try the placement test, look at Spanish lessons 201, but also dip into
Spanish lessons 101 if you want to review the basics of tenses, adjectives and
Choose your favourite Spanish artist and try
and fill the gaps as they sing!
Start with beginner level.
5. Watch Spanish TV and films
you have a television streaming service at home such as Netflix or Amazon
Prime, explore Spanish films and television series, or try watching your
favourite film with the Spanish subtitles.
students have recommended the following:
La casa de pape
Las chicas del cable
El ministerio del tiempo
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.