THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING CAMBRIDGE IGCSE SPANISH
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Our Cambridge IGCSE Spanish homeschooling course is based around the language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing,
Psychological studies have found that speaking a second language, such as Spanish, is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than those of single language speakers, and these differences offer a number of benefits including:
- Improved listening skills since the brain has to work harder to distinguish different types of sounds
- A stronger working memory than those speaking only one language. This helps with mental calculation, reading and other vital skills
- The ability to switch from one task to another more quickly
- Being better at your first language. It is said that you can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
These are all quite apart from the benefits of your child immersing themselves in another culture, and of seeing their own culture from the perspective of another.
KEY TOPICS COVERED IN THE COURSE
The course covers 5 main topic areas which provide the context for your child to learn vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.
- Everyday activities
- Personal and social life
- The world around you
- The world of work
- The international world
PRIOR REQUIREMENTS/HOURS OF STUDY
- The Cambridge IGCSE Spanish homeschooling course assumes a minimum of two years of prior study of the language
- Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. 150 hours is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work
THE SYLLABUS AND THE EXAM
- The course will prepare your child for the Cambridge (CAIE) IGCSE Spanish, syllabus 0530 or 7160.
• The exam comprises three written papers and the oral:
Paper 1: Listening: 45 minutes – 25% (of the total mark)
Paper 2: Reading: 1 hour – 25%
Paper 3: Speaking: 15 minutes – 25%
Paper 4: Writing: 1 hour – 25%