Undergraduate Course: Catalan Language for Beginners (ELCH08015)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Classes are seminars of written and spoken language classes with native speakers. Points of grammar will be covered on a weekly basis and these will be reinforced in small group spoken and written language classes with the intention of consolidating the student's proficiency in the 4 core skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
If you are a first year joint hons student studying two languages you may not take this course. It is available to second year joint hons language students.
During hybrid delivery there will be two weekly sessions of 50 minutes each of contact time which will alternate online and on-campus teaching. In addition, students will be provided with other opportunities to practice their language skills by taking part in speaking class activities in Catalan and posting on the class' Discussion Board.
Students will also be expected to do some group work to write collaborative text and to deliver oral presentations.
Catalan Language for Beginners is taught through the medium of Catalan and follows a flipped classroom approach, which empowers students to be in control of their own learning process. Prior to each contact session, students engage with different materials and complete e-learning activities, so that contact hours can focus on the practical application of Catalan.
Most e-learning activities follow a plurilingual approach, which encourages students to reflect and to draw from the knowledge of languages they already know, including their own. In this way, they develop their metalanguage and metacognition whilst they improve their Catalan.
The course uses authentic Catalan sources such as videos on Catalan traditions or places of interest in Catalonia, infographics on famous historical figures, paintings of famous artists, newspaper articles and clips from TV, which allow students to engage with different aspects of Catalan culture and society while learning new vocabulary and being exposed to different aspects of grammar.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is not available to first year students already taking two languages as part of their degree.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
- Course participation: interactions and contributions online (padlet and discussion board entries and comments on peers 'posts) 10%
- E-Learning activities 10%
- Written personal presentation (40-50 word) 5%
- Personal presentation recorded on video (1-2 min) 5%
- Collaborative text (150- word) about a place in a Catalan-speaking area 5%
- Writing a personal email based on a listening activity (200-word) 5%
- Listening test 5%
- Reading comprehension test 5%
- Course participation: participation in three written tasks via the discussion board, comments on peers' entries and oral interactions with peers during collaborate sessions 10%
- E-Learning activities 10%
- Collaborative text (250-word) on a public figure from a Catalan-speaking area 10%
- Group oral presentation (2-3 min) on one aspect of Catalan culture 10%
- Written language reflection (250-word) contrasting two aspects of Catalan culture and their own 10%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To read and understand different typologies of simple and short written and oral texts dealing with familiar topics, as well as social and cultural matters with emphasis on the Catalan speaking territories.
- To engage in basic conversation on everyday situations provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help; articulate simple opinions and deliver short oral presentations on topics related to Catalan culture.
- To compose simple descriptive texts in Catalan such as short personal letters, descriptions, and basic opinions and reflections on Catalan culture and culture.
- To familiarise oneself with cultural communities and societies where Catalan is used and describe sociocultural similarities and differences.
- To use reliable language resources and authentic material to become an effective language learner.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||DELC Catalan Begin
|Course organiser||Miss Roser Vich-Gallego
Tel: (0131 6)50 3140
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026