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 7 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 Guillermo Del Toro) 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, Valladolid and Valencia. Students receive intensive language tuition (conversation and grammar revision) in order to hone their skills in preparation for their public examinations.

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 Spanish Theatre productions. Additionally, we keep an eye out for opportunities to go and see the latest from Hispanic cinema together. 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)