Catalan Beginner 1 MLT01024

Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: No level
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: 
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Diana Mesa-Torres
  • Module Leader: Pol Masdeu Canellas
  • Pathway: MLT01025

Delivered through small-group interactive seminars and tutorials and assuming no prior knowledge of the language, this unit aims to provide a general foundation in the language and culture in order to cope with a range of predictable, everyday communicative situations encountered when interacting at a basic level, orally and in writing, with sympathetic native speakers during, for instance, a brief visit abroad.

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to:

  • Perform at Level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment), and catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements
  • Read and extract key information from short, simple texts and written documents (messages, notices, instructions, brochures, etc.)
  • Interact in a simple way with a sympathetic native speaker in routine, predictable situations, requesting or providing fairly detailed factual information, and coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses by asking for repetition or clarification
  • Write simple notes, messages and short personal letters or emails providing or requesting essential information
  • Demonstrate an insight into very basic aspects of the culture and everyday life in areas where the language is spoken so as to respond appropriately when interacting with native speakers in simple situations.
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of essential grammar terminology and a basic ability to study the language by themselves, using essential tools such as the Word Wide Web or a dictionary and developing techniques for the acquisition and retention of new language
  • Demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, handling unexpected communicative situations, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently, etc.

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Information last updated: 30 September 2021