If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide! Think how many more employment options that gives you! And if you want to take a trip to Spain or Latin America, a little knowledge of Spanish will go a long way.
Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
At St. Malachy’s College, Year 8 pupils choose between studying Spanish and Irish. Spanish is a very successful language at St. Malachy’s College with over 500 pupils studying it across the school. It has a simple sound system with just five vowel sounds. There is a direct correspondence between spoken and written forms and the basic points of grammar are quite simple.
The Spanish department is formed by 2 energetic full-time teachers, one part-time and one Spanish language assistant. Pupils at Key Stage 3 have 5 periods (50 minutes) of contact time over the two week timetable. Those studying Spanish for GCSE have 2 ½ hours every week and those at A-level have 4 ½ hours of study per week plus 1 more hour of conversation practice with the language assistant.
Dr J Thompson (Head of Department)
Mrs C Devlin
/ SPANISH IN ST. MALACHY'S
"If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide!"
/ EXTRA CURRICULAR
Bi-annual Spanish trip (Click here to see photos) for Key Stage 3 and 4
Bi-annual Spanish trip, including a home stay with Spanish families, for A level pupils
A-Level Spanish literature, theatre and cinema courses at Queen’s
Participation in competitions organised by, for example, the Spanish Embassy and NICILT
Celebration of the European Day of Languages (26th of Sept.) with activities related to Spain (music, food, films, etc.)
Lunchtime support classes
Stay app to date: useful apps and websites
Quizlet (www.quizlet.com), and search for ‘StMalachysSpanish’: feee app and website to study and learn vocabulary
Duolingo (www.duolingo.com): free app and website to learn Spanish (and other languages) in a computer game style
Duolingo Spanish Podcast: free podcast to develop listening skills in Spanish
Conjugation Nation (Spanish): paid app to revise verb formation
Word Reference (www.wordreference.com): free dictionary app and website
At A2 level, students explore the following themes:
Young People and Society (topics for development within this theme include education and career planning, part-time jobs, young people and democracy, and issues relating to European citizenship)
Our Place in a Changing World (topics for development within this theme include equality/inequality and discrimination/prejudice, poverty, immigration and emigration, and environmental issues)
Also at A2 level, students study literature. We currently study Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba.
A2 1: Speaking
A2 2: Listening (A)
A2 3: Extended Writing
Question 1: students introduce and discuss one individual research project based on either:
a cultural aspect of a Spanish-Speaking country or community
a historical period from the twentieth century of a Spanish-speaking country or community; or
a region of a Spanish-Speaking country or community
(approximately 6 mins)
A2 2: Section A - Listening
Students answer two sets of questions based on two discrete passages recorded on disk.
Recording 1 - students answer in Spanish
Recording 2 - students answer in English
As 2: Section B - Reading
Students answer two sets of question and complete one summary exercise and one translation exercise.
Question 1: Students complete a gap-filling exercise in Spanish.
Question 2: Students answer a set of questions in Spanish based on one passage.
Question 3: Students read a passage in Spanish and summarise it in English.
Question 4: Students translate a passage from English into Spanish.
A2 3: Extended Writing
Students write one essay in Spanish in response to a set literary text.
18% of A Level
24% of A Level
18% of A Level