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Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Catalan Language & Culture 2

Unit code SPLA53020
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The course unit consists of advanced study of Catalan grammar and practice in oral, aural and reading skills, including all kind of texts, from written to audiovisual. Students will gain a thorough understanding of Catalan grammar and syntax with the revision and consolidation of the points learned in the preceding courses. They will be enabled to communicate confidently in Catalan through a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary to develop students’ language learning skills.

The students will finish the course having core knowledge of the construction of Catalan national culture and identity, and the pivotal role the Catalan language has had in this process.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Catalan Language & Culture 1 SPLA53010 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

  • to gain a broad understanding of Catalan grammar and syntax
  • to communicate confidently in Catalan through a range of written, oral, and aural comprehension exercises covering different areas of vocabulary
  • to write compositions in Catalan and write summaries in Catalan of Catalan texts of an appropriate level of difficulty
  • to use spoken Catalan to cope with real-life situations and to discuss a variety of topics
  • to raise awareness of and responsiveness to the nature and extent of cultural diversity
  • to understand, analyse and comment upon texts from a range of different genres

Teaching and learning methods

Reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises will be performed in class, focusing on the use of the language. Also, students will be asked to deliver 2 oral presentations to raise awareness on Catalan culture.

Materials will be available on Blackboard as the course progresses as well as supplementary resources (extra hand-outs or online materials). 

The languages of teaching will be English and Catalan.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework
  • demonstrate a broad, active knowledge of Catalan grammar and awareness of different registers of language
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate with confidence in written and spoken Catalan
  • demonstrate an understanding of a range of social, cultural and intellectual issues in Catalonia and the Catalan speaking territories,  as reflected in the materials studied
  • show an understanding of the language in its broader cultural context

Intellectual skills

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • develop powers of analysis and use them to solve problems
  • write compositions in Catalan and write summaries in Catalan of Catalan texts of an appropriate level of difficulty
  • express coherent ideas and arguments in spoken and written Catalan
  • reflect upon and improve their language-learning capabilities
  • use spoken Catalan to cope with real-life situations and to discuss a variety of topics

Practical skills

  • Students will have the opportunity to get one of the scholarships offered by the Catalan Government to take a Catalan Language and Culture course in Catalonia in order to enhance the skills learned during the course

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • communication and presentation skills, both oral and written through presentations and teamwork
  • assessing and evaluating others
  • problem solving skills
  • creative skills

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Formative or Summative

Length

Weighting within unit (if summative)

Grammar and vocabulary test at the end of Semester 1 – Week 12

Summative

1 hour

25%

Written examination at the end of Semester 2

Summative

1.5 hours

35%

Oral examination at the end of Semester 2

Summative

15 minutes

10%

2 Oral group presentations (in English and Catalan) on a cultural topic; one each Semester

Formative and Summative

Semester 1: 15-20 minutes

Semester 2: 20-25 minutes

Semester 1: 6%

Semester 2: 9%

2 Written tasks; these tasks are formative for the written and oral exams in Semester 2

Formative and summative

Semester 1: 150-175 words (aprox.)

Semester 2: 200-225 words (aprox.)

Semester 1: 6%

Semester 2: 9%

 

Feedback methods

  • Individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and presentations
  • In-class comments on homework and other exercises
  • Global feedback (delivered orally in class/posted to Blackboard/as a handout) on frequent errors or omissions will be provided to the whole class

 

 

Recommended reading

Materials will be linked from or posted on Blackboard as the course progresses.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ruben Manuel Oronich Unit coordinator

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