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Undergraduate Course: Catalan Language 1 (ELCH08021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCatalan Language 1 is a one-year course intended for those with little or no previous knowledge of Catalan. The course aims to equip students with a basic grounding in written and spoken Catalan. Students will learn the basics of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, and will be exposed to basic oral and written texts in the target language.

The course is mostly based on language, but also covers some aspects of culture and linguistic variation within the Catalan-speaking areas.

By the end of this course, the aim is to reach approximately level A1+ on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students who pass the course will be eligible to continue studying Catalan in Catalan Language 2.
Course description Catalan Language 1 is taught through the medium of Catalan and follows a flipped classroom approach, which means that prior to each contact session, students will need to engage with different materials and complete e-learning activities.

The materials are mostly authentic Catalan sources such as videos on places of interest in Catalonia, infographics on historical figures, paintings of Catalan artists, newspaper articles and clips from TV, which allow students to practise reading and listening comprehension as well as to engage with different aspects of Catalan culture and society.

The e-learning activities aim to develop students¿ intercomprehension skills, which encourage students to reflect and to draw from the knowledge of languages they already know, including their own. These activities also help with the practice of grammar and the learning of vocabulary.

During the two contact hours each week, students check their understanding of grammatical structures and focus on the production of both spoken and written language. To that aim, students work in pairs and in groups.

For assessment, students will need to work both individually and in groups, as they will write a collaborative text and will deliver a group oral presentation.

Throughout the course, students will reflect on their language learning and their progress via a Portfolio. In this way, they develop their metalanguage and metacognition whilst they improve their Catalan.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative «br /»
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Written production (Personal presentation) «br /»
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Oral presentation «br /»
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Summative «br /»
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Course contribution (portfolio of evidence and reflection on language learning) 15% «br /»
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E-Learning activities 20% «br /»
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Poster 1 (Collaborative text) [group task] 10% «br /»
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Written Text 1 (Personal email ¿ 250 word) [individual task] 10% «br /»
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Listening Comprehension Test 5% «br /»
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Reading Comprehension Test 5% «br /»
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Written Text 2 (Reflection ¿ 250 word) [individual task] 10 % «br /»
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Oral presentation [group task] 15 % «br /»
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Poster 2 (Collaborative text) [group task] 10 %
Feedback Students will be provided regular oral feedback during class time.

During class time students will be given opportunities to provide peer feedback for formative assessments.

For the summative written assignments, students will be provided written feedback.

For the oral presentation students will be provided with peer and tutor feedback

Students will be required to reflect upon their feedback and write small entries in their language learning portfolio with action points. Some feedback will also be provided for their Portfolio entries both from peers and tutor.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. compose simple descriptive texts in Catalan such as short personal letters, descriptions, and basic opinions and reflections on Catalan culture and culture.
  4. 4. demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural communities and societies where Catalan is used.
Reading List
1. Recommended: Bastons, Núria, Bernadó, Cristina and Comajoan, Llorenç (2011) Gramàtica pràctica del català. Teide
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management.

Become an effective and self-aware independent language learner.

Have the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team.

Communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing.

Have the ability and willingness to engage with other cultures, appreciating their distinctive features.

Have the ability to mediate and use empathy in communication.
KeywordsCatalan Language Culture
Course organiserMiss Roser Vich-Gallego
Tel: (0131 6)50 3140
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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