Spanish

Overview

The Eltham College Spanish Department is a thriving Hispanic community within Eltham College with students being challenged linguistically at every level, from beginners in Year 8 to Oxbridge candidates in Year 13. We are based within the Modern Languages Deptartment which will be moving into the new Turberville Building in Spring 2019.

Curriculum

Students are given the opportunity to start this successful and very highly regarded versatile language in Year 7 for two periods a week. If they opt for Spanish in Year 8 then they will study the language for three periods a week until Year 9. They can then select to study Spanish for iGCSE in Years 10 and 11 and can choose it for A level in Sixth Form.

More than a third of the year group opt to take Spanish as their GCSE language when students have four teaching periods per week. From September 2013 we started teaching the Edexcel iGCSE.

Classes are taught in a lively and interactive way, giving students the confidence to speak and write with fluency, whilst ensuring a rigorous approach to grammatical understanding. We aim to deliver lessons that instil a true appreciation and understanding of the multi-faceted vibrancy of Hispanic culture. The engagement that we hope this fosters, together with an eye to the skills specifically required for their exams, is our recipe for success for students of linguistic abilities.

Trips, activities and clubs

A whole variety of trips have been enjoyed by many Eltham Hispanists over the past few years. Younger students have been on trips to Catalunya and will go, this year, to the Sierra de Gredos.

The Spanish department regularly organises language study visits in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 to important cultural destinations including Barcelona, Madrid and Valladolid. Students receive intensive language tuition (conversation and grammar revision) in order to hone their skills in preparation to taking public examinations.

Staff

  • Ms E Paull BA MSc (Head of Spanish)
  • Mr F Nieto Almada MA
  • Mr J Houghton MA (Chaplain)