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Module

SPA4002 : Catalan II

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josep Cru
  • Lecturer: Ms Laura Arbones Martinez
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Aims

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 ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Oral exams to take place at the end of Semester Two
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching212:0042:00PiP Language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1561:00156:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this is mainly a language course it is more classroom-based than the other optional cultural 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.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN CATALAN.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing
Oral Examination152M30Consisting of a role play followed by a conversation in Catalan, assessing oral and listening skills
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MMock exam
Written exercise2MMock exam
Oral Presentation1MMock oral presentation
Oral Presentation2MMock oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exam (70%) - 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%) - Role play followed by conversation in Catalan, assessing speaking and listening skills

Reading Lists

Timetable