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Module

SPA4002 : Intermediate 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 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

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Online synchronous
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities361:0036:00Structured online activities
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Structured Homework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online synchronous
Total200:00
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.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN CATALAN.

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 Examination1202A75Test students’ ability to write or type in TL.
Oral Examination102M25Test students’ ability to produce & present their own output orally & to discuss with TL speaker directly & spontaneously.
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 Presentation2MOral presentation set by the teacher according to course progress
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written examination (75%) - Students will answer 3 sections:

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

Oral examination (25%) will consist of a 10 minute oral presentation. The oral examination is an integrated test of the oral and listening skills practised in the oral part of the course.

Reading Lists

Timetable