Spanish B

 Spanish is offered in B level at Higher Level and Standard Level, as well as at ab initio (beginners) level.

The Spanish B course is designed for students who had previous experience with the language for two to five years. The main focus of the program is to develop the students’ power of expression in both written and oral communication; ability to respond to language demands of transactional and social contacts; and to provide students with efficient tools for possible further studies or job opportunities. During the two years, students are expected to master a variety of skills: to understand a wide range of literary texts in a critical manner, to participate in discussions and debates, and to defend opinions. By the end of the course, students are also encouraged to produce well-structured written interactions.

Ab initio are second language courses designed for students who have little or no experience with the language. The main aim of the course is to prepare students to use Spanish for a variety of purposes via authentic materials and maximum exposure to the language. Students will be expected to engage in conversations relating to everyday situations, read short written passages on defined topics; and recognize essential notices such as signs, timetables, and advertisements. Also, the students will be able to extract specific information from texts such as simple brochures, guidebooks, letters, etc; carry out writing tasks like short messages, simple letters, simple instructions, and short compositions.

Self-taught students are expected to make contact with a teacher or institution that can provide guidance on the choice of literature.

The school encourages familiy members of self-taught students to become actiely engaged in the self-taught programme.

Language A are a literary course which focuses mainly on both how the writer conveys his/her work and on what s (he) communicates, the aim being to show how both are connected. The students read 10 works over the two years. The students develop their skills in literary essay writing and formal written and oral commentary. This leads to an awareness of the ways in which literature is written.

Language A Self-Taught is offered at Standard Level only.