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 Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stewart King


This unit develops basic language skills (speaking/listening and reading/writing) beyond the level acquired in Catalan introductory 1 and provides an introduction to modern Catalan society. It is designed for those with limited knowledge of Catalan. 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 range of situations referring to past, present and future: talking about, writing about and understanding others talking about self, family, studies, accommodation, travel and leisure activities.
  2. communicate effectively in Catalan, with a minimum of misunderstandings, in a range of situations, such as sharing accommodation, carrying out everyday tasks such as shopping, eating out, travelling, attending university, etc.
  3. skim read or read in detail straightforward, short texts in Catalan e.g. advertisements, cartoons, brochures, informal correspondence, short newspaper articles or extracts from longer texts.
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the sounds and the key structures of the Catalan language, e.g. past, present and future tenses, pronouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of a range of vocabulary appropriate to the situations described above
  6. develop an awareness of different language learning strategies and adopt learning strategies most appropriate to their preferred learning style
  7. acquire a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern Catalan society
  8. develop a critical understanding of issues of identity in the Catalan-speaking areas since the beginning of the 20th century
  9. develop an explicit understanding and more sophisticated practice of text analysis, especially in relation to film
  10. develop research skills


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

Contact hours

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

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


ATS2058 or co-ordinator's approval.