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

Undergraduate Course: Catalan Language 2 (ELCH08024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course builds on the skills acquired in the beginners' level course, developing competence in spoken and written Catalan with a view to improve students plurilingual competence as well as preparing students who wish to study in a university where Catalan is the vehicular language along with Spanish.
Course description Catalan Language 2 is the follow-up to Catalan Language for Beginners. Students who have successfully completed Catalan Language for Beginners or have an equivalent knowledge to A1+ Catalan from the CEFR will be ideally suited for this course.

At the end of this course, students should reach approximately level A2/1+ on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Catalan Language 2 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 will aim to develop students¿ intercomprehension skills, 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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Catalan Language 1 (ELCH08021) OR Catalan Language for Beginners (ELCH08015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course Book: £23
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesProving Level A1 Catalan
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:
Written and oral production in class.


2 x Online Tests (listening and reading comprehension)(comprehension) (2x 5% = 10%) [individual task]

1x Poster + presentation (20%) [group task]

1x Oral Presentation (20 %) [individual task]

1 x Written Task (10 %) [group task]

2 x Written Tasks (250 words) (2x 10% = 20%) [individual task]

E-Learning (10%)

Course Contribution [portfolio of evidence and reflection on language learning] (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 the formative assignment, students will be provided written feedback for their written text and recorded feedback for their oral production.

Students will be required to reflect upon their feedback and write a small entries in their language learning portfolio with action points.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and understand different typologies of written and oral texts dealing with familiar, social and cultural matters with emphasis on the Catalan speaking territories.
  2. Discuss topics in Catalan such as experiences, travel and work, literary routes, art, architecture, language learning and current affairs, and articulate simple opinions and deliver short oral presentations on those.
  3. Compose short texts on matters of personal relevance, culture and current affairs using the past and present tenses.
  4. Research cultural communities and societies where Catalan is used and describe sociocultural similarities and differences.
  5. Use language resources autonomously to become an effective language learner (Catalan dictionaries and corpus, TV and radio programmes, contact with speakers of the language, films in the original language).
Reading List
Essencial: Vilagrasa, Albert (ed.) (2020). A punt 3. Curs de català. Llibre de l'alumne. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat

Recommended: Vilagrasa, Albert (ed.) (2020). A punt 3. Curs de català. Llibre d'exercicis. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat

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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