In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will focus on consolidating students’ competence in Catalan. It will reinforce students’ grammatical and lexical knowledge of the language and contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of Catalan speaking territories, focusing on contemporary issues in the region. The module also aims to prepare students for more specialist study in Hispanic Studies.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module is designed as an enhancement to the knowledge of the language and culture of Catalan-speaking parts of Spain acquired in the module SPA2021 ‘Introduction to Catalan’. It will also provide an introduction to contemporary Catalan culture through real texts and visual material. On the linguistic side, there will be text comprehension, Catalan grammar, composition, general oral work, oral role-plays, and listening exercises.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities
Small group teaching
Guided Independent Study
Jointly Taught With
Intermediate Catalan - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
As this is mainly a language course it is more classroom-based than the other optional (content) modules offered in the School, hence the higher number of contact hours. The teaching will be split into two main parts: A) Reading and writing skills: i.e. grammar, and text comprehension B) Oral and listening skills, which will focus on the students' active use of the spoken language in understanding and speaking Catalan.
THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN CATALAN.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Reading, writing and grammar.
20 mins Oral examination
A collection of work over time reflecting students' learning of identified outcomes (press reviews, literary analysis essays …)
3 pieces of written work spaced throughout the semester in the target language.
3 pieces of written work spaced throughout the Semester in the target language.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
1. In the 120 mins written examination students will answer 4 sections which directly relate to the skills learned during the 'reading and writing skills' part of the course: 1 text comprehension exercise, 1 listening exercise, 1 composition and 1 set of grammar and vocabulary exercises.
2. The oral examination is an integrated test of the oral and listening skills practised in the oral part of the course (covering cultural issues studied in class and discussion about aspects of the students' academic and social life).
Resit: written examination (unseen) in the same format as the written examination at the end of semester 2 but counting 100%. There is no oral resit examination.