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Module

SPA2021 : Introduction to Catalan

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
  • Other Staff: Ms Laura Arbones Martinez
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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 (this includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output). 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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities361:0036:00Structured online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Structured Homework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online synchronous
Total200:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Test students’ ability to write or type in TL.
Oral Examination102M20Test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MSet by the teacher according to course progress
Written exercise2MSet by the teacher according to course progress
Oral Presentation2MIn-class oral presentations set by the teacher according to course progress
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination (80%) - Students will answer 3 sections:

a) Reading comprehension b) Grammar and vocabulary exercises c) Writing

Students will answer questions which directly related to skills learned during the course.

10 minute oral examination (20%). The oral exam will allow students to give evidence of their ability in spoken Catalan exercise based on an everyday situation. The oral examination is an integrated test of oral and aural skills.

Reading Lists

Timetable