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SPA2021 : Introduction to Catalan

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to build on skills acquired at Stage 1 (languages learning skills and skills of cultural study) and provide students with an introduction to modern Catalan which will take them up to Lower Intermediate (post-GCSE equivalent) level.

This is an introduction to the Catalan language. It aims to give you a basic knowledge of Catalan grammar and vocabulary using written and spoken sources. You will also learn to communicate orally in Catalan and understand varieties of the spoken language. You will also learn to identify the problems that beset a ‘minority’ language and its cultures and set these in the context of your knowledge of modern Spain and France.

Outline Of Syllabus

Work requirements:
Weekly language exercises: consisting of grammar, comprehension and translation exercises.
See text book.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA2121Introduction to Catalan - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private study mainly in the Learning Resource Centre

As this is a beginners’ languages course, it is more classroom-based than the other optional modules, hence the higher number of contact hours (mainly funded by Institut Ramón Llull). The language teaching will be integrated (oral, aural, and writing skills), rather than compartmentalised, and thereby closer to a real-life situation. This explains why class tests and group learning are continuous.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40Assessing grammar and vocabulary, reading comprehension, translation exercises, composition in Catalan on a set theme
Aural Examination602A30Listening comprehension exam of exercises such as fill in the gaps with specific words and answer some comprehension questions
Oral Examination152M30Consisting of a short text reading exercise followed by comprehension questions and informal conversation in Catalan. Week 12.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWeekly grammar exercises and written tasks
Written exercise2MWeekly grammar exercises and written tasks
Oral Presentation1MIn-class oral presentations
Oral Presentation2MIn-class oral presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination (unseen) (40%) - In the 120-minute exam students will answer 3 sections:
a) Reading comprehension with short questions
b) Grammar and vocabulary exercises
c) Write a composition in Catalan of 150-180 words on a personal topic. There will be two options.

Listening comprehension exam (30%) 1 hour, all questions to be answered in Catalan. The exam will be held in a language lab. Students will control the audio and listen to the recordings as many times as they wish. 5-6 short audio recordings with comprehension questions.

Oral examination (30%) consisting of a short reading exercise followed by a role play and an informal conversation in Catalan based on the text and/or on students’ personal and academic interests. End of semester 2 (15 minutes).

Resits take the form of a written examination (unseen) following the same pattern as the written exam at the end of semester 2 but counting 100%. There will be no oral resit examination.

In the 120 minute written examination students will answer questions which directly relate to skills learned during the course. In addition, the 15 minute oral exam will allow students to give evidence of their ability in spoken Catalan by taking part in a role-play exercise based on an everyday situation (e.g. ordering food in a restaurant, buying a train ticket etc.), which they will prepare in advance, and by answering some informal questions in Catalan about themselves, their studies, their hobbies and interests etc. The oral examination is an integrated test of oral and aural skills.

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