Spanish Lengua y Literatura

The Departamento de Lengua y Cultura Españolas is subject to Spanish educational law and inspection. Our curriculum must comply with the LOE (Ley Orgánica de Educación) but we adapt our teaching methods to those of the British system. The curriculum covers Lengua, Literatura and Sociales (Spanish Geography and History). Contents can be reviewed in the Curriculum Guide for Parents, available at School and on line.

One of our foremost aims is to encourage Junior and Senior School pupils to be “heavy” readers. We dedicate a weekly session to reading and working intensively with texts in class. Pupils have a list of books to read and work with at home.

Our pupils prepare their IGCSE, AS and A Level in Lengua lessons taught by Ms Muñoz, Ms Pardo and Ms Ramos, under the supervision and help of Ms Almaraz, Head of the Spanish Department.

Since 2007 Runnymede College pupils are not required to sit Selectividad to enter Spanish universities. The new process is the Credencial de Acceso. Registration under this process and homologation for Bachillerato are both carried out at School. But with the new Selectividad, pupils can sit the Pruebas de Competencia Específicas if they aim to enter a public university to read a degree with a high cut-off grade (nota de corte) such as Medicine, Architecture and others. Related information is available in the VI Form Web page or can be consulted with the Headmaster or myself.

Though Lengua y Literatura and Sociales are not compulsory in the VIth Form, we believe that pupils who wish to enter a Spanish university should be well prepared so as to have an excellent start to their first year. Through text comprehension, wide vocabulary, historical knowledge, Spanish literature, and general culture our VIth Form pupils have the opportunity to prepare their entrance to both public and private universities in Spain.

Ms Arandilla organized the I Concurso de Microrrelatos with Year 7. Ms Muñoz, Ms Pardo and Ms Ramos organized our III Concurso de Poesía for Year 9. Congratulations to Daniel S. who was the winner and to the two other finalists: Pablo G. and Sofía L.

All Year 10 Spanish and Lengua pupils participated in the “Alcalá Literario” tour visiting emblematic sites such as El Corral de Comedias, Miguel de Cervantes’ place of birth, the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and the Capilla del Oidor. It was a most rewarding and enjoyable trip.

European Union Recommendations on Key Competences acknowledge Digital Competence as one of the eight key competences for Lifelong Learning. Years 7, 8 and 9 Lengua pupils have been working with their iPads in Spanish spelling and reading comprehension. Year 7 has been filming videos inspired in their readings of El otro árbol de Guernica. Year 7 used Moodle for Lengua and their reading club.

Our Department embraces WebQuests to make good use of the internet and to engage our Year 7 (España y la Unión Europea, La Constitución española) and Year 9 (España durante la Edad Moderna) in the hope that pupils think about what the 21st Century will require. Year 10 has been working on collaborative learning activities (Paisajes Económicos españoles) and a WebQuest about the political and territorial organization of Spain. Year 11 has done research on the life of the civilian population during the franquismo.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all pupils for their hard work over the course of this academic year and wish all those who have been taking exams the best of luck with their results. I would also like to thank Ms Quinn, Ms Reid, Ms Steadman and Ms Dwyer, all at the office, for their help and support.

It only remains for me to express deep gratitude to Ms Muñoz, Ms Pardo, Ms Ramos and Ms Arandilla for their boundless commitment to the pupils and support to the Department.