Final year other Iberian language modules

Advanced Basque Language (20 Credits)

This module builds on the Level 2 Basque Language module, and aims to consolidate students’ linguistic competence in Basque and to expand their knowledge of specific areas of grammar, with the objective of achieving 1B/2A Level Competence, as defined by the HABE. Classes cover grammar, translation, stylistics, and oral and written production, and emphasis is placed on oral and written competence, in the assumption that reading and listening competence are already well established.

Assessment: 2 x written assignments or 1 x Oral Presentation (25%); Oral Exam (25%); 1 x 3-hour Written Exam (50%).

Contact Hours: 3 hours per week, all primarily in the target language, in both Semesters.

Convener: Ms Ira Ortigosa Pascual.

Advanced Catalan Language (20 Credits)

This module builds on the Level 2 Catalan Language module, and aims to consolidate students’ linguistic competence and to expand their knowledge of specific areas of grammar in Catalan, with the objective of achieving Advanced Level Competence, as defined by the CIC. Emphasis is placed on oral and written competence, in the assumption that reading and listening competence are already well established.

Assessment: 2 x written assessments (40%); Oral Exam (10%); 1 x 3-hour Exam (50%).

Contact Hours: 3 hours per week, all primarily in the target language, in both Semesters.

Convener: Dr Elisenda Marcer.

Advanced Galician Language (20 Credits)

The module builds on the knowledge of Galician language and culture imparted in the level-2 module, developing students’ awareness of, and ability to use, sophisticated patterns of language and speech, whilst extending their analytical skills and understanding of Galician culture through study of a selection of canonical literary texts. Activities include both practical oral and audio-visual exercises in the Galician language, designed to familiarise them with a range of registers and styles, and more formal translation work. Literary study is incorporated in the programme in a series of seminars, in which students give presentations and discuss a range of texts, in prose and verse, drawn from the period between the 19th-century Galician cultural revival (Rexurdimento) and the present day.

Assessment: Coursework (35%); Oral Exam (15%); Aural exam (10%): Written Exam in May (40%).

Contact Hours; 1 x2-hour language workshop, and 1 x 1-hour conversation class per week, in both Semesters.

Convener: Ms. Paloma Serrapio.

Intermediate Portuguese Language (20 Credits)

This module consolidates and builds on the language skills acquired in the Beginners’ Portuguese Language module, through exercises in direct and inverse translation, writing essays and commentaries in Portuguese, video and aural comprehension work, and work on socio-linguistics and text analysis. Particular attention is paid to modes of address and the language of advertising.

Assessment: Oral Exam (10%); Coursework (40%); 1 x 3-hour Exam (50%).

Contact Hours: 1 x 1-hour language; 1 x 1-hour translation workshop; 1 x 1-hour conversation class per week, in both Semesters.

Convener: Fátima Candé.

Advanced Portuguese Language (20 Credits)

This module consolidates and builds on the language skills acquired in the level-2 Portuguese Language module. On completing the module students should be skilled communicators, able to speak Portuguese fluently, to understand spoken standard Portuguese, to write Portuguese correctly, and to translate a range of registers with accuracy and flair. Activities undertaken include direct and inverse translation, writing essays and commentaries in Portuguese, doing video and aural comprehension work, and work on socio-linguistics and text analysis. Particular attention is paid to modes of address and the language of advertising.

Assessment: Oral Exam (10%); coursework (40%); 1 x 3-hour Exam (50%).

Contact Hours: 1 x 1-hour language; 1 x 1hour translation workshop; 1 x 1-hour conversation class per week, in both Semesters.

Convener: Fátima Candé.

 

 

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