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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Basque Language for beginners (ELCH08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBasque Language for Beginners is an introductory survey of the Basque language. Although the main focus of the course will be the language, Basque culture and society will also be discussed as contexts for the language. Significant emphasis is placed upon developing good oral, listening, reading, and writing skills, which will be a solid foundation for the further study of the language. Students are expected to engage regularly in independent language learning via the e-learning modules set up on Learn. By the end of the course, students will be able to write speak and understand the spoken language on a basis level (A1-A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages). They will also be able to communicate in the context of simple day-to-day situations.
Course description This course will be taught using a structural-communicative methodology, which is goals- and skills-oriented, and focuses on communicative competence. Students will acquire the basic foundations of the Basque language by practicing oral and written expression, with reference to grammatical forms specific to the communicative tasks and goals. Part of the learning process involves becoming acquainted with the structural particularities of the Basque language. Students will learn the language through the process of communicating in it. This practice is guided in class and supported online. It is important to emphasise that students will also learn about the Basque culture and socio-linguistic aspects of the language.     
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two 1-hour class tests, to take place during week 11 of each semester (30%). «br /»
Oral presentation (10%). «br /»
Six pieces of assessed written coursework throughout the year (20%). «br /»
2 hours Degree exam (40%).«br /»
Feedback Feedback report after marking every assignment and general feedback provided orally in class.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with everyday Basque vocabulary, grammar and syntax, along with a broad understanding of Basque culture.
  2. Appraise straightforward spoken and written information about familiar everyday-, study-, or work-related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details.
  3. Communicate with reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts on familiar topics both orally and in writing.
  4. Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media, on both an impromptu and prepared basis.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team.
Reading List
All learning materials will be provided to students in the class or online. Materials for this course have been developed by the Etxepare Institute, Government of the Basque Country (Spain)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will have developed their spoken and written language skills in a further foreign language. They will have developed further their skills in communication competences and ability to link language to contexts. For further specification of graduate skills, see the university¿s graduate and employability skills framework.
KeywordsBasque Country,Basque Language,Basque Culture,Basque Society
Course organiserMs Marian Aldaz Arechaga
Tel: (0131 6)50 8305
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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