SPA2021 : Introduction to Catalan
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
- 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|
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
Weekly language exercises: consisting of grammar, comprehension and translation exercises.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||44||1:00||44:00||Language Classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||156:00||156:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SPA2121||Introduction 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||60||Test students’ ability to write or type in TL. Students may be allowed to type own answers providing spell/grammar check is disabled|
|Aural Examination||45||2||M||20||Test students’ ability to listen & understand authentic audio/video sources & to respond appropriately in written/oral form. Wk 11.|
|Oral Examination||10||2||M||20||Test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally. Week 12. * Continued in Rationale below.|
|Written exercise||1||M||Set by the teacher according to course progress|
|Written exercise||2||M||Set by the teacher according to course progress|
|Oral Presentation||1||M||In-class oral presentations set by the teacher according to course progress|
|Oral Presentation||2||M||In-class oral presentations set by the teacher according to course progress|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Written examination (unseen) (60%) - In the 90-minute exam students will answer 3 sections:
a) Reading comprehension
b) Grammar and vocabulary exercises
Listening comprehension exam (20%) At the end of Semester 2 (45 minutes).
Oral examination (20%) At the end of Semester 2 (10 minutes).
In the 120 minute written examination students will answer questions which directly relate to skills learned during the course.
In addition, the 15 minute 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.
* (Continued from above) It might rely on the use of specific software and technology such as listening from a recording and recording linguistic production.