Catalan Language and Culture I

Module code: SP2032

Module co-ordinator: Dr Anna Vives

Module Aims

The course is designed to provide a functional knowledge of the Catalan language as well as an introduction to the basics of Catalan culture.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will have acquired both a basic level in the language and a general understanding of Catalan culture.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course is structured around thematic units, each one dealing with a relevant everyday topic and tackling one or more grammar areas. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills will be developed through a variety of integrated exercises. There will be three contact hours per week: one single hour class for oral and aural activities, and one two-hour class devoted to cultural and linguistic aspects. You are expected to work at home on the topics presented in class.


Continuous Assessment (50%):

  • Homework (20%)
  • Listening (10%)
  • Independent project (20%)

Examination (50%)

  • Oral exam (10%)
  • Written exam (40%)

Key texts

Recommended for purchase:

  • Anna Poch and Alan Yates, Teach yourself Catalan (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010)

You should also buy a Catalan-English bilingual dictionary, preferably one of the following:

  • Catalan Dictionary: English-Catalan/Catalan-English (Routledge, 1994)
  • Diccionari Oxford Pocket Català (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Collins Student’s Pocket Dictionary (Ediciones Grijalbo, 2006)

And these are recommended for reference:

  • Marta Mas et al: Digui, digui. Curs de català (Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 1998)
  • Veus. Curs de català 1. Llibre de l’alumne (Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 2005)
  • Veus. Curs de català 1. Llibre d’exercicis i gramàtica (Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 2005)
  • Dominic Keown (ed.), A Companion to Catalan Culture (Woodbridge: Támesis, 2011)
  • Max W Wheeler, Alan Yates and Nicolau Dols, Catalan: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Grammars, 1999)
  • Alan Yates, Teach yourself Catalan. A Complete Course for Beginners (NTC Publishing Group, 1993)