“El estudio de las lenguas extranjeras nos permite descubrir aquello que está más allá del perímetro de nuestro pensamiento. Nos abre las puertas a un mundo de diversidades tradicionales y filosóficas” Eddie Machín, Escritor
Spanish as a subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the Spanish language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, and geography to provide a context for communication. As the second most natively spoken language and studied language in the world, it has widespread use in international business and makes travel to Spain, Mexico, and most of Central and South America much more accessible.
What kind of student might Spanish suit?
Anyone with an interest in Spanish culture, history, and language.
Students interested in travelling the world.
Students who are considering working in Spain (or other Hispanic countries) or international relations in the future.
Spanish Department – Staff
Louise O’Sullivan Maria Fenton Millie Barnes Laura Keelan (Subject Coordinator) Susanne Murphy Maria Polotto
The aims of learning Spanish at Belvedere College are the following:
To contribute to pupils’ awareness of language as a system of communication
To give pupils an awareness of another culture, and thus a more objective perspective on aspects of their own culture
To contribute to the development in pupils of the capacity to engage in fruitful transactions and interactions with others
Through the above, to contribute to pupils’ overall personal and social development.
The general communicative aims of Spanish include:
Enabling the pupils to cope with the normal classroom use of the target language
Equipping pupils with a competence in the target language, which would enable them to provide themselves with basic necessities.
Furnishing pupils with linguistic skills making it possible for them to pursue aspects of their general interests through use of the target language
Through these aims ensuring that competence in the target language is conducive to the fulfilment of the general educational aims.
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