ASHS Coursebook: 2SPA (Level 2 Spanish)

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Level 2 Spanish 2018

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two!

This is the communication age and languages are the heart of the communication.

With over 400 millions speakers in 28 countries, Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world, after Mandarin and English.

Why would you not become a Spanish speaker and be part of the global citizenship movement?

After all, studies have shown over and over again that bilingual people are ruling the world- think Bradley Cooper, Maya Angelou, Franklin Roosvelt, Mila Kunis.

By taking Spanish and learning it you will be in great company!

What will the course be like?

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This course will appeal to students who want to become competent speakers in Spanish with the focus of moving to personal independence in Spanish. You will learn to speak confidently using a variety of language, maintain conversations in relevant contexts, express points of view and debate current issues (all in SPANISH). You will comprehend detail in a range of texts and learn to summarise meaning.

You will be able to collaborate on having a choice of topics to study, you will work within a group to develop resources to be used as a class in Spanish.

You will develop a deep understanding of the Hispanic culture and the awesome traditions that are important to hispanic people through focusing on the language, the culture, the history, the geography and customs of Spain and Latin America and by connecting with other Spanish-speaking students in the community and guest visitors. 

Students interested in going to Spain will also have the opportunity to get involved organising a trip to Spain.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • express opinions about daily life and current trends in Spain and Latin America
  • interpret selected and adapted media (newspapers, magazines, television, movies and popular music)
  • discuss socio-economic concerns in Latin America and Spain (unemployment, social welfare, education, immigration)
  • understand global issues from the Hispanic Perspective and expressing opinions about them
  • read Spanish and Latin American literature and express points of view
  • research modern history in the Hispanic world 
  • Course design principles:
  • intentional planning which means that you will be involved in the planning of the course by selecting topics that interest you and link in with your interests
  • high expectations which means that your teacher will

be clear on what is expected of you, and how to meet those high expectations. An open door policy means that you will have the opportunity to discuss with your teacher where your learning is going.

  • assessment which enables learning which means that the learning takes over assessment and that you will concentrate on

providing evidence of your learning as you learn and assessment will not be a isolated occurence at the end of a unit but rather a by product of learning. You will be in charge of choosing which evidence will go towards your internal assessments.

What sorts of things will I do? All things Spanish of course!

You will:

  • focus on the languge, the culture the history, the geography and customs of Spain and Latin America through keeping an digital portfolios, connecting with other Spanish-speaking students in the community and guest visitors
  • watch Spanish TV and movies and discuss them by comparing trends
  • spend a day at the University of Auckland exploring pathways and careers involving Spanish
  • create and act role plays with your fellow students and the Spanish assistant
  • make and taste Spanish food
  • use gadgets such as virtual comic strips, virtual chat to enchance your speaking skills
  • read monthly magazines from Spain
  • be part of the National Spanish debate 'The Unbeatable team' from ASHS

What standards can I enter?


You will be in charge of your learning and assessments. You will keep a digital portfolio which will record evidence of your learning throughout the year. It is your responsibility to keep and add evidence to your porfolio and also to show it to your teacher on a regular basis to receive feedback. Milestones for collections of evidence will be negotiated with your teacher and advertised in the Assessment Calendar 2018.

No further assessment opportunites will be offered for this course, as evidence of your learning will be collected throughout the year in your portfolios.

Summary of standards
NCEA Level Standard Number Name of standard Version Number Credits Assessment       Domain          
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on familiar matters
2 91149 Interact using spoken Spanish to share information and justify ideas and opinions in different situations 1 5 Internal Spanish
Give a spoken presentation in Spanish that communicates information, ideas and opinions.
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of written/ visual Spanish texts on familiar matters
Write a variety of text types in Spanish for genuine contexts

Total available credits: 24