Year 9 Spanish    (9SPA)

This course is for students who have studied little or no Spanish at intermediate school.  The students learn to communicate in Spanish about themselves, family, pets, school and personal likes and dislikes.  They also learn numbers, times and dates.  Cultural information about Spanish speaking countries is included in the course.  There is a strong focus on communication and intercultural competence.


Year 10 Spanish    (10SPA)

The course covers various topics, both personalised, and useful if travelling in Spanish speaking countries.  Some main areas are:

  • School
  • My home
  • The world of transport
  • Easter
  • Where is it?
  • My world
  • My future
  • Eating and drinking
  • Daily routine
  • Clothing 
  • The importance of learning languages
  • Mariachi
  • Culture project

These topics are assessed through unit tests.  We cover each of the four MYP criteria twice over the year.  These criteria are listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Year 11 Spanish    (11SPA)

This course focuses on developing communicative skills in the Spanish language with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing, in familiar contexts and will extend the student so that they can communicate beyond the immediate context, for example, past and future events.  By the end of the course students will be able to understand and produce more complex language and a variety of text types, focusing on practical situations which they are likely to encounter in a Spanish-speaking country.

Topics may include:

  • Free time
  • Football
  • Shopping
  • Going out with friends
  • Camino de Santiago
  • Holidays and travel
  • Weather
  • Staying healthy
  • My city
  • Cultural projects

During the year students have unit tests and internal assessments each term which will focus on the four key skill areas - listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Year 12 Spanish    (12SPA) 

This course is not available in 2021. 

This course consolidates learning to date, and uses various themes of interest to pupils to reinforce and extend the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Topics studied may include:

  • My future
  • What would you do?
  • Bullfighting
  • Spanish festivals
  • Reservations and complaints
  • Media
  • Tourism
  • Cultural project
  • The world of work

Internal assessments focus on communication and the external assessments focus on comprehension.

Internals will be worked on throughout the year and the final submissions are made at the end of Term 3.  There will be allocated class time for these but students may also need to work on them in their own time.

Students sit four Level 2 standards, worth a total of 20 credits.

Internal Standards

  • AS91149  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on familiar matters  (5 credits)
  • AS91152  Write a variety of text types in Spanish for genuine contexts  (5 credits)

External Standards

  • AS91148  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on familiar matters  (5 credits)
  • AS91151  Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of written/visual Spanish texts on familiar matters  (5 credits)


Year 13 Spanish

Level 3 Spanish is not currently offered at Glendowie College.  Motivated students wishing to continue with their Spanish learning are able to do so through Te Kura (The Correspondence School).  They will have timetabled periods to work on this independently.

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