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SPA2121 : Introduction to Catalan - Part 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 1 only.

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 teaching221:0022:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:0078:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA2021Introduction to Catalan
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private study mainly in the Language 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
Oral Examination151M30Short reading exercise followed by role play and conversation in Catalan. Week 12.
Written Examination601M70In-class test before Christmas
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWeekly grammar exercises and written tasks.
Oral Presentation1MIn-class oral presentations.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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 1 (15 minutes).

Written examination (70%). Details of the exam:
a) Reading comprehension with short questions
b) Grammar and vocabulary exercises
c) Written composition in Catalan of 150-180 words on a personal topic. There will be two options.

Resits take the form of a written exercise (unseen) to be submitted electronically and to be determined by the module leader worth 100%.

Reading Lists