In the Spanish department at Belmont School, we emphasise that learning languages is a skill for life.
We strongly believe that the knowledge of a foreign language opens doors to different cultures and enriches lives immensely.
The aims and objectives of the Spanish Department are to enable pupils to:
- develop an ability to use Spanish language effectively. Be able to speak with spontaneity and intonation, understand a range of texts, provide detailed information, and express their opinions on contemporary topics, with justifications;
- develop pupils’ linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where the language is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes, and preparing pupils for a global society.
In a world where the ability to communicate clearly is increasingly important, we support our pupils to communicate effectively and accurately. We offer direct access to the language through links to schools abroad and aim to enhance a tailor-made residential visits programme.
Our pupils are encouraged to watch films and read books in a foreign language, which they can borrow from our Spanish library. In order to provide further enrichment outside of the classroom, Spanish pupils participate in debating, filmmaking and essay writing competitions and the linguistics Olympiad, which they find both enjoyable and rewarding.