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SPA4002 : Intermediate Catalan

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


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA4102Intermediate 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.


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40Reading, writing and grammar.
Oral Examination202M3020 mins Oral examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M30A collection of work over time reflecting students' learning of identified outcomes (press reviews, literary analysis essays …)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M3 pieces of written work spaced throughout the semester in the target language.
Written exercise2M3 pieces of written work spaced throughout the Semester in the target language.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exam (40%) - In the 120-minute written exam students will answer 3 sections:
a) Reading comprehension
b) A set of grammar and vocabulary exercises
c) Written composition of 350-380 words

Oral exam (30%) - Presentation and discussion with the teacher based on an newspaper article in Catalan.

Portfolio (30%) - 3 assessed written compositions and 1 assessed oral presentation.

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.

Reading Lists