A-LEVEL RESULTS AND SPANISH IS RISING IN POPULARITY

August 18th, 2011 @

Good morning and welcome to Ana’sclassroom A-level results blog.

According to the results published on today Thursday 18 August 2014, for 250,000 candidates in England, Northern Ireland and Wales the overall pass rate has risen for the 29th successive year.

This year, 8.2% of boys have achieved an A*, up from 7.9% last year, while girls’ performance has dipped from 8.3% to 8.2%.

There has been an increase in entries for maths, biology, chemistry and physics. Maths entries have risen dramatically, up 40.2% over five years. Entries for physics are up 19.6% over five years and chemistry up 19.4% over that period.

Foreign languages continued to decline. Entries for French are down 4.7% on last year and German down 6.9%. The number of entries for A-level Spanish and Chinese are up on last year.

Here is the story of Grace McKelvey, 18, who is going to Girton College, Cambridge, to study Spanish and Portuguese. She got A*s in French and Spanish and an A in history. She says she has always loved languages and she didn’t specifically target Oxbridge, but it happened to be the best course for her. “As part of the application process, I had four interviews and had to do an exam,” she says. “I had two interviews before Christmas and I was pooled, then Girton fished me out and I went for further interviews in January, where they were talking in Spanish. I thought the first set of interviews went better than second, but it was obviously the other way round.”

The A* grade was introduced last year, and is being used to discriminate between the best candidates at an increased number of universities this year. Oxford is demanding the grade for 15 of its courses, while students applying for some courses at Bristol, Exeter and Sussex have been asked for it.

It has been reported that David Willetts, the universities minister, has said that pupils who have taken “traditional” A-levels such as maths and foreign languages should take precedence in the race for university places.


SPANISH GSCE A MODERN LANGUAGE COURSE VERY POPULAR AMONG STUDENTS.

August 18th, 2011 @

GCSE RESULTS
About 690,000 pupils from England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their GCSE results today and the pass rate rose for the 23rd year in a row.
The number of students taking foreign languages has dropped by a third since the government made them optional at GCSE six years ago. The decline of French has been striking; it has nearly halved to just over 170,000 entries compared with more than 300,000 in 2004, and fell out of the top 10 most popular subjects this year.
Spanish appears poised to overtake German at GCSE; with the numbers taking it rising to over 67,000 while German entries have fallen to around 70,000 this year. The numbers taking Mandarin, Portuguese and Polish have also risen, with the last thought to be fuelled by the increase in the number pupils who are children of recent Polish migrants.


SPANISH GCSE- A LETTER TO A FRIEND FROM BARCELONA

August 3rd, 2011 @

 

A letter from Joan to Mary from Barcelona

Querido Mark


Estoy en Barcelona pasando dos semanas de vacaciones con Juan y Peter. Llegamos hace cinco días y nos hemos hospedado en el Hotel Major que esta muy cerca de las Ramblas de Cataluna. Barcelona es una ciudad muy grande y bonita y en esta época del ano hay muchos turistas de todas partes del mundo franceses, rusos, ingleses, alemanes, brasileños y te los encuentras en todas partes.

A mi me encanta Barcelona porque siempre hace mucho calor y hay toda clase de diversiones. Por ejemplo, hemos ido a las playas que están muy cerca, a tan solo 3 millas del centro de la ciudad y  estan rodeadas de cafeterias y resturantes. Durante el dia vamos a la playa y lo pasamos muy bien y por las tardes vamos a visitar la ciudad. Ya hemos visitado el parque Guell y la casa Mila y la Iglesia “la Sagrada Familia’ disenados  por el famoso arquitecto catalan Gaudi.

Por las noches, hemos ido a comer a varios  restaurantes donde preparan platos tipicos de Barcelona.Los platos de carne son deliciosos como tambien los de pesacado. Por las noches hemos ido a bailar a varias discotecas y todas tienen mucho ambiente.

Este fin de semana vamos a ir al campo a las afueras de Barcelona  para montar a caballo y hacer senderismo en el campo. Tambien tenemos planeado ir a un parque gigante de atracciones llamado ‘PortoVentura’ que esta a las a las afueras de Barcelona.

Lo estamos pasando muy bien.

Hasta pronto Joan.


4 Spanish Prepositions, uses and explanations

August 3rd, 2011 @

Here are revising the uses of the 4 most common Spanish prepositions A, EN, DE, CON

A (To)

CON (with)

DE (from and of)

EN (at, in, on, by)

A
1. Dirección (Direction, to )
Luis va a la oficina

2. Tiempo (Time, at)
A las dos salgo de clase

 

CON (with)
1. Compañía (Company, with)
Estoy con Maria en el cine

2. Instrumento (Instrument, with)

Toca musica clasica con la guitarra.

DE
1. Procedencia (From)
Pepe viene de clase
Luis es de España

2. Tiempo (Time, of)

Que hora es? Son las dos de la tarde

3. Propiedad (Property,of)
El libro de español es de Georgina

4. Materia (Material,of)
La mesa es de madera.

EN
1. Lugar donde se esta (Place )
Estamos en Barcelona por cinco días.

2. Dentro de (Inside)
Las llaves están en mi bolso

3. Medio de transporte (Means of transport)
Voy a clase en metro

4. Tiempo (Time)
En verano hace calor en Madrid