Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 1 Spanish

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms C. Currie.

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that students have completed Year 9 and Year 10 Spanish prior to sitting NCEA Level 1 Spanish. HOD approval is required if the student has not completed the Year 10 course. 

Year 11 Spanish is an extension and consolidation of Years 9 and 10. Students will develop their understanding of how the Spanish language works by learning more complex language and grammar. The emphasis is on developing authentic communication skills, and in particular learning to understand and speak Spanish in real life situations. The four skills reading, writing, listening and speaking are continued at this level though a theme-based approach.

Language learning is closely linked to life and customs such as geography, cities and cultural festivals in Spanish-speaking countries.

By the end of Year 11, learners can interact with Spanish speakers in familiar social situations and cope with some less familiar ones. They can use basic language patterns spontaneously. They can show a willingness to experiment with the language and to read independently. They can write short passages and personal emails.

The themes will be directed by the curriculum and cover such areas as:

  • Daily life
  • Jobs and your future
  • Diet and healthy lifestyle
  • Travel and holidays
  • My town/my favourite place

Level 1 Spanish is a prerequisite for Level 2 and Level 3 work in Years 12 and 13, and subsequently university study.

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 2 Spanish

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a course contribution of $30 to cover digital resources.
Students are expected to supply their own stationary.