Spanish now available as GCSE extra-curricular option

Queen Elizabeth’s School has introduced after-school classes in Spanish so that boys can opt to study for a GCSE in the world’s most widely spoken Romance language.

Available to boys from the beginning of Year 9, Spanish will be taught over three years in hour-long lessons.

Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide and is the third most commonly used language on the internet after English and Mandarin.

The extra-curricular classes are taught in a supportive, encouraging environment. Lessons include activities to enhance boys’ cultural knowledge of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

Those choosing to take the classes are expected to spend an hour a week learning new vocabulary and completing additional work to practise what they have learnt in class. In the first year, pupils develop their skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises.