Spanish (Y10-13)


Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world. Here at Chester International School we believe that languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Learning an additional language and its related cultures extends students’ linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers.

At CIS, we are passionate about our communicative and interactive approach to language learning. Our aim is to enable students to become competent communicators, building students’ confidence and their ability to communicate as global citizens. Through our learning experiences, students use the language to make meaning becoming more effective communicators, developing the skills of listening, reading, and viewing and speaking, writing, and presenting or performing. Students learn about culture and the interrelationship between culture and language. We explore music, film, literature, drama, society, celebrations and use realia and real life experiences wherever possible.

Interaction in a new language introduces our students to new ways of thinking about, questioning, and interpreting the world and their place in it. Through such interaction, students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages, and cultures.

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Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 1 Individual and Society
Personal details appearance and character
Daily Routine
Leisure and Work
Urban and Environment
Physical geography
Town and services
Weather Neighbourhood
Resources & Links TV: Spanish soap - get to know characters FILM: Machuca Study Project:
Hispanic dance lessons (flamenco, salsa, sardana, son, tango, cumbia, etc.)

Compare/contrast the musical traditions of 2 different Spanish-speaking countries.
FILM: Motorcycle Diaries Latin America
Research the Olmec, Aztec, Maya, Inca, or other indigenous civilization.
Research significant rivers, mountain ranges, or other geographical features of Latin America.
Research the ways in which the geography and climate influence the diet of the people who live there.
Plan trip and materials for class visit to a Spanish speaking country
Year 2 Individual and Society
Physical health
Food and Drink Employment Media
Environmental concerns & global issues Recap & extension from previous topics EXAMS
Resources & Links FILM: Mar al Dentro Cooking lessons in Spanish.
Research the history, culture, and anthropological significance of a specific food item or dish from a specific Spanish-speaking country/region/people.
Applying for work and volunteer placements and jobs in Spain / Spanish speaking countries. Digital Media and Advertising in the Spanish speaking world.
Project: Create video in Spanish
Natural disasters in Latin America

Year 12/13 IB

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 12 Social Relationships (CORE)
Celebrations, social and religious events, educational system, language and cultural identity, or self-identity, multilingualism, relationships (friendship, work, family) Health
(OPTION) Customs and Traditions Global issues (CORE)
Drugs, energy reserves, food and water, global warming, climate change, natural disasters, globalization, international economy, poverty and famine, racism, prejudice, discrimination, the effect of man on nature, the environment and sustainability.
HL Federico García Lorca La Casa de Bernarda Alba / Yerma
Assessment No internal assessment. Practice internal assessments only (individual oral, interactive oral, written assignment)
Year 13 Communication and media (CORE)
Internet, mail, press, radio and television, telephone
Science and technology (OPTION) Entertainment, ethics and technology, impact of information technology on society EXAMS
HL Laura Esquivel Como Agua para Chocolate
Assessment Internal Assessment (1 x individual oral, 3 x interactive oral) and 1 x Written Assignment all completed in Year 2.