JCoSS students have the option to take up Spanish from the beginning of Year 8. They can do this by dropping either French or Hebrew at the end of Year 7. Spanish is spoken for most part of the lesson and speaking is highly encouraged. In addition, students learn a range of skills such as listening, understanding the world around us and literacy which they use in other areas of the curriculum.
Students learn through activities such as games, songs, films and role plays. They are taught by native speakers as well as non-native speakers. The Spanish department is well resourced and uses authentic materials as much as possible. Students have the opportunity to visit Spain in year 10 to practise Spanish in real situations.
In year 8 and 9, students study an accelerated course to cover the key stage 3 content and build a secure base which will enable them to strive at GCSE. They cover a variety of topics from talking about themselves, their family, their town and hobbies to debating about the uniform or world issues. They use the skills and vocabulary to date in assessments which includes: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.