- What A-level Spanish like?
- I've heard that for the listening you get to listen to the tracks individually with headphones and can replay it as many times as you like, is this true?
- Are the topics interesting?
- Would you say you learn enough Spanish to become fluent by the end if you achieve an A*?
- How hard would it be for a grade 9 GCSE student to get an A*?
- In what way do you study the text? (ie is it like GCSE English Literature or is it more just about themes and events?)
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Get on kerboodle and look at the online spanish a level textbook to get a better idea
1. unike GCSE languages, A level languages require you to use the language more independently, rather than just learning set phrases etc as a lot of people do at GCSE. As well as learning about grammar, you also learning about Spanish-speaking culture and Spanish literature/ film meaning that the topics are a lot broader.
2. FOr AQA, at least, that's true, and I'd guess that it would be the same.
3. That depends on what you like studying, but there is a lot more variation than at GCSE, and a lot more room for debate.
4. Perhaps not fluent, but it gives you a good basis for fluency if you work hard and do well at the end. Certainly you can become strongly conversational.
5. Most a levels are difficult, whatever you get at GCSE. However, if you work hard all the way through (especially on listening practice, speaking practice and vocab, but also on grammar and essay writing/ exam technique) there's no reason not to get a high grade. I'd especially recommend finding a podcast to listenin to that you enjoy, and trying to listen to it at least once per week. Even if you don't understand every word, listening to fast Spanish can really help you for the listening exams. Practicing vocab daily is also really helpful.
6. It is quite similar to English literature, but it's more focused on meaning than on literary techniques and close analysis.
- I've heard that for the listening you get to listen to the tracks individually with headphones and can replay it as many times as you like, is this true? Yes this is true , but I assume it might be different for different specifications . I can confirm for AQA
- Are the topics interesting? Again depends on exam board but generally yes, examples: tourism, sexist, culture, celebrities...
- Would you say you learn enough Spanish to become fluent by the end if you achieve an A*? That's up to the person, you can get A* and not be fluent. But surely you'll have a great understanding in Spanish so being fluent shouldn't be a hard task after this
- How hard would it be for a grade 9 GCSE student to get an A*? GCSE to A-Levels is a big change in everything , cannot use GCSE data to predict how'd you do. But if you are hardworking , you'll get there