Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSpanish and Latin American Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stewart King


This unit provides teaching in the basic Catalan language skills (speaking/listening/reading/ writing) and an introduction to Catalan society and culture. It is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language. Students will be encouraged to develop appropriate language learning strategies. Regular assessed homework and tests emphasize the continuous nature of language learning and the need for frequent practice. In the specialized culture component, students will explore aspects of Catalan culture and society and develop the skills to be able to analyse Catalan culture and society.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. use the basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills needed to communicate in a limited range of situations referring to the present, future, and the past.
  2. talk about, write about and understand others talking about self, family, studies and basic needs.
  3. communicate effectively in Catalan, with a minimum of misunderstandings, in a limited range of situations, such as carrying out everyday tasks including shopping, eating out, travelling, attending university.
  4. skim read or read in detail straightforward, short texts in Catalan e.g. advertisements, cartoons, brochures.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of the basic structures and sounds of the Catalan language e.g. present and near future tenses, articles, adjectives.
  6. demonstrate knowledge of a range of vocabulary appropriate to the situations described above.
  7. develop an awareness of different language learning strategies and adopt learning strategies most appropriate to their preferred learning style.
  8. begin to acquire critical knowledge and understanding of modern Catalan society.
  9. develop a critical understanding of issues of identity in Catalonia since the beginning of the 20th century.


Weekly written and aural language homework: 17%
Class tests (aural, oral and written): 33%
Written language exam: 25%
2 x Written assignments: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 x 1-hour culture seminar
3 x 1-hour language tutorials

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Introductory 1 & 2 of any other European language or co-ordinator's approval.