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Undergraduate Course: Foundation Basque Language 1 (ELCH07019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFoundation Basque Language 1 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- 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 organized around a structural-communicative methodology, in which students are expected to acquire the basic foundations of Basque language. The course will be arranged so as to provide the student with the opportunity to practice main linguistic skills: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. The learning process of such a typologically diverse language requires the fundamental step of establishing solid foundations. At this stage of the learning process, it is pivotal to understand certain structural particularities of the Basque language that constitute its specificity. Assimilation of concepts is best acquired by means of practice. Such practice will be guided in class and supported online. It is important to underscore that references to Basque culture and its socio-linguistic aspect will be a constant.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate basic skills in the spoken language and basic listening comprehension: exchange greetings, give his or her identity, name a number of familiar objects, shop and ask about an item, and talk about a trip very briefly.
  2. To read and understand short simple texts regarding personal information including likes and dislikes, hobbies, family, shopping.
  3. To recognise and understand cultural diversity in Spanish culture: recognize some aspects of Basque culture, such as Basque food, sports or music.
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,Foundation
Course organiserMr Javier Lopez
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