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Spanish

Course overview

Stage 5

NSW School of Languages offers our Year 9 and 10 Spanish students an engaging learning experience with effective and innovative learning activities.

Students will require access to a computer and the internet during their allocated Spanish periods as much of their work is to be completed online. Students will work through learning activities on our eLearning site and are encouraged to further their learning through engagement with Spanish-speaking communities and Spanish-language media.

Students schedule regular telephone or video-call lessons to practise their interaction and speaking skills with our experienced and highly skilled Spanish teachers. Students are also encouraged to interact in Spanish with their peers where possible and are invited to attend our school in Petersham for a face-to-face lesson every term.

Students may begin their Spanish learning journey with us in Year 9 or Year 10. Students who successfully complete their studies in Year 9 and Year 10 may proceed to the Spanish Continuers course in Year 11. If students have no prior knowledge of Spanish and begin Spanish studies with us in Year 10, they may still be eligible to commence the Spanish Beginners course in Year 11.

Spanish Beginners

The Stage 6 Spanish Beginners course is a course written and produced by NSW School of Languages and Southern Cross School, Ballina. This course caters for students with little or no prior Spanish study. It has guided new learners of Spanish to achieve excellent results and learning outcomes.

In order to complete this course, students have to send in 24 units of work in Year 11, and 24 units of work in Year 12.

Weekly phone lessons allow students to practise the speaking skills component of the course interactively, and also allow for immediate and targeted support of students in their learning.

Students are encouraged to attend NSW School of Languages in Petersham once per term for face-to-face lessons with their teachers and peers.

Spanish Continuers

The Spanish Continuers course was originally produced by the Learning Materials Production Centre and it consists of 5 Modules, each module containing 4 units of work, in Year 11 and 4 modules containing 4 units of work each in Year 12 complemented with additional materials to help students according to their needs and to prepare them for their HSC with examination techniques.

The course is very comprehensive and aims to develop all four-skill areas. Phone lessons are organised on a weekly basis with the aim of developing the students' conversational skills.

Spanish Extension

The current Spanish Extension course is a course created by the NSW School of Languages. The course is presented by a background information package consisting of learning modules and every week students need to complete a series of activities related to the 8 short stories of the prescribed text and the prescribed issues. The original activities are supported by additional materials and in-depth study and analysis related to the prescribed text's themes and issues.

Our school is creating a new course to teach the new prescribed text. A film, También la Iluvia (Even the Rain), has been prescribed for five years starting with the 2020 HSC.

Course materials

Textbooks

The following is a list of learning materials which need to be purchased for the specified course. All prices are approximate.  If a course is not listed, the materials are provided by NSW School of Languages.

HSC courses

Spanish Extension (2019 HSC)

  • Book - Cinco para las nueve y otros cuentos (by author Alonso Cueto)

Available from Peru book store or directly from the NSW School of Languages for our students.

Dictionaries

All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. Please consult the Spanish faculty for advice regarding dictionaries.

Stage 6 Syllabuses (From NESA)

Go to the NESA syllabus downloads page for more information on the syllabus.