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SPA4002 : Intermediate Catalan

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
  • Other Staff: Miss Neus Colomer Collell
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation). 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 Examination1202A40Test students’ ability to write or type in TL. Students may be allowed to type own answers provided spell/grammar check is disabled
Oral Examination202M20Test students’ ability to produce & present their own output orally & to discuss with TL speaker directly & spontaneously. Week 12.
Aural Examination452M20Test students’ ability to listen & understand authentic audio/video sources & to respond appropriately in written/oral form. Wk 11.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20One in-class assessment in each Semester. * Continued in Rationale below.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative task prior to in-class assessment.
Written exercise2MFormative task prior to in-class assessment.
Oral Presentation1MFormative task in preparation for the final oral examination
Oral Presentation2MFormative task in preparation for the final oral examination
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

One 120 minute written examination in Semester 2 (40%) on Reading/Writing/Grammar
One oral examination in Semester 2 (20%).
One listening test in Semester 2 (20%)
In-class assessments of portfolio tasks (20%). There will be an in-class assessment in each Semester and only the best mark will count towards the module mark.

* (Continued from above) The best mark will count towards the final module mark.
This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

Reading Lists