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 Upper Sixth. We are based within the Modern Languages Department in the new Turberville Building.

Curriculum

As with all departments at Eltham College, the examinations we sit at the end of the course are not the sole aim of our teaching. Rather, we aim to teach a broad and rich curriculum covering as much as possible of the variety and diversity of the Spanish speaking world which will, we hope, inspire our students to become committed, global citizens. Nevertheless, students will sit the AQA A level at the end of two years and will cover a number of topics relating to both current and historic cultural and political strands of the Spanish world. We also look at a number of film directors (though concentrating primarily on Pedro Almodóvar) and study a variety of Spanish and Latin-American literature. More details relating to the examination can be found on the AQA A level Spanish Specification.

Trips, activities and clubs

A whole variety of trips have been enjoyed by many Eltham Hispanists over the past few years. The Spanish department regularly organises language study visits in the Sixth Form 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 for their public examinations.

Cultural visits to Mexico and Cuba have brought students a rich and varied insight into the political, economic and social dimensions of these very diverse but equally dynamic Spanish speaking countries. Cultural visits to the Americas bring the language alive and make its learning that more tangible!

Additionally, we run excursions to see productions at Sadler’s Wells (Flamenco show, Ballet Revolucion – a cuban modern ballet show), Havana Rakatan (cuban floor show), the Baron’s Court Theatre, and we go to cinema workshops at the BFI every June to study the work of the Spanish film director – Pedro Almodovar. We have entered competitions in theatre, debating and poetry translation. In short, there is much going on to keep our students challenged both within and without the classroom.

Staff

  • Ms E Paull BA MSc (Head of Spanish)
  • Mr F Nieto Almada MA
  • Mr J Houghton MA (Chaplain)
  • Mrs M Parra (Language Assistant)