Choosing Spanish

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese. It is the official language of Spain, Equatorial Guinea in Africa and 19countries in the American continent. It is the 3rd most studied foreign language, since speaking English and Spanish makes a person able to communicate with 80% of the world’s population.

During lessons, importance is given to the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking at all levels whilst tackling intercultural aspects. At Intermediate and Advanced level, cultural themes are dealt with in more depth. The option of studying one literary text at Intermediate level could also be considered, depending on availability. Furthermore, at Advanced level, students are expected to read and appreciate critically a minimum of two literary texts.

Recommended Textbooks

Advanced Level – Literature – to choose 2 books from:

  • 1. La casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca;
    ISBN 9788497403771
  • 2. Rimas by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer; ISBN 9788421690277
  • 3. La casa de los espíritus by Isabel Allend; ISBN 9788483462034
  • 4. San Manuel Bueno, mártir by Miguel de Unamuno; ISBN 9788497403962
  • 5. La Familia de Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela; ISBN 9788423342785

Culture

Language

  • Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Edición revisada y ampliada; ISBN 9788484437260
  • Uso de la gramática española elemental; ISBN 978-84-7711-710-0
  • Uso de la gramática española; ISBN 978-84-7711-712-4
  • Uso interactivo del vocabulario. Nivel A – B1; ISBN 978-84-7711-978-4
  • Uso interactivo del vocabulario. Nivel B2 – C2; ISBN 978-84-7711-979-1

Intermediate Level

Students are to choose either Culture or just one book from the first 3 Literature books in the Advanced Level section

The teaching programme is supplemented by:

  • Occasional outings to events and institutions related to the language and/or its cultures
  • Occasional guest speakers

Further Studies/Career Opportunities

  • University of Malta
  • Careers in tourism, international business, the diplomatic service and EU institutions, translation and interpretation and education

You can study Spanish at:

Course Prerequisites Duration Lessons Practical/Tutorial Sessions
Advanced Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) or equivalent is required

2 years 5 lessons per week 1 tutorial per week
Intermediate Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) or equivalent is required

2 years 3 lessons per week N/A
SEC Level

No previous knowledge is required

1 year 4/5 lessons per week N/A
FLPP

A grade of 6/7 in Sec or SPA Level 2

1 year 4 lessons per week N/A