‘Se llevaron el oro y nos dejaron el oro… Se lo llevaron todo y nos dejaron todo… Nos dejaron las palabras’ Pablo Neruda
Spanish is one of the main foreign languages studied at St. Vincent’s College. First years may choose it as their modern language and generally continue it through to Leaving Certificate. Strong emphasis is placed on communicative skills and classes are conducted through the target langugae. Teachers of Spanish make great effort to develop and concentrate on the four language skills- Oral, Aural, Listening and Reading.
The Junior Certificate:
The Junior Certificate syllabus caters for the entire ability range of pupils. It is divided into Ordinary and Higher level and consists of:
- An Aural examination
- A Written examination
The syllabus is the same for both levels.
|Listening||140 marks||44%||140 marks||44%|
|Reading||100 marks||31%||120 marks||38%|
|Writing||80 marks||25%||60 marks||19%|
|Total||320 marks||100%||320 marks||100%|
The Leaving Certificate
The Leaving Certificate Assessment is by means of a written examination at both Ordinary and Higher level.
- There is also an aural and an oral examination at both levels.
|Listening||80 marks||20%||100 marks||25%|
|Reading||100 marks||30%||160 marks||40%|
|Written Production||80 marks||25%||60 marks||15%|
|Oral||100 marks||25%||80 marks||20%|
|Total||400 marks||100%||400 marks||100%|
Transition year offers the student the opportunity to experience Hispanic culture and traditions by means of films, music, literature and two language programmes. The Department runs a Homestay Programme in CastellÃ³n and an Exchange Programme in Madrid. Students are encouraged to participate in these programmes to practise their language skills and to experience Spanish life.
- Second year students of Spanish go on an annual trip to Madrid where they experience Spanish life first hand.
- Castleknock Spanish debating teams have been extremely successful in the Irish Spanish debating competition, having been finalists in the last two years.