At King Richard III International College in Mallorca, as a part of bilingual education we want to help all pupils in Secondary feel confident and able to communicate in Spanish in lots of different situations in their lives. In addition we wish to enable students to become well-adjusted, fully-integrated members of their society here in Mallorca (Majorca) and so their courses are designed to ensure they will gain a good level of knowledge of contemporary Spanish society and the cultural heritage of Spain.
To develop competency in a foreign language, students must learn to perform a variety of language functions: to list, to ask questions, to describe, to express opinions and convey thoughts and feeling so our bi-lingual education gives students all the tools they need to develop their Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills.
Like many British schools in Mallorca (Majorca), we not only deliver the National Curriculum, teaching Spanish as a foreign language to all Key Stages but we also encourage students to develop their linguistic abilities beyond Spanish IGCSE and Spanish A-level, assisting them in achieving a level sufficient to enter the Spanish Education System, taking additional qualifications from the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Key Stage 3
In Spanish Key Stage 3 students have at least four lessons per week and are divided into groups at various levels according to the individual needs of each student, whether they are beginner, intermediate or advanced speakers of Spanish.
Pupils study topics from four areas: lifestyle, leisure, work & education and home & environment. Students respond to these topics with an appropriate level of accuracy through close focus on simultaneous grammar work.
Key Stage 4
During these two years of Secondary Education we prepare the Spanish IGCSE Syllabus. Students will be tested in four skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
It is very important that students feel confident about their capability to achieve a good grade in the Spanish IGCSE exam and that’s why we offer a wide range of materials and resources which will be very useful to them and will make the exam preparation more accessible, enjoyable and rewarding.
Key Stage 5
During the two final years of their education our students can complete their Bi-lingual Education preparing Spanish AS and A-level.
We want them to achieve the skills and abilities required for further study, work or leisure in Spain or the wider Spanish-speaking world.
- develop the ability to understand a language from a variety of registers: formal, informal and personal
- understand and respond to texts written in Spanish, drawn from a variety of sources such as magazines, newspapers, reports, books and other forms of extended writing
- organise arguments and ideas logically.
- In addition students will be introduced to the study of Spanish literature. In total students will read, understand, interpret and be examined upon three Spanish texts, combining both modern and classical literature.