First year other Iberian language modules
Beginners’ Basque: Basque Language and Culture I (20 Credits)
Euskara is the language spoken in Euskal Herria, the Basque Country, a nation that lies in southwestern Europe and that is currently divided between two states: France and Spain. Euskara is a language of unknown origin, with no connection to the Indo-European, Uralic or any other family of languages. Reasons for choosing to study Euskara include: access to an ancient culture and a language unlike any you have seen before; a rare opportunity to study an important non-Indo-European language; the option to continue to study it for free at an academy in the Basque Country.
Beginners’ Catalan: Catalan Language and Culture I (20 Credits)
Catalan is spoken in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). This module teaches Beginners Catalan. There is a whole culture to discover, including writers, painters, architects, etc. The three weekly hours include communicative language and grammar classes (2 hours per week) plus a culture hour to develop comprehension skills and to provide an introduction to Catalan literature and culture. Students also have the opportunity to achieve an extra qualification by taking the International Certificate of Catalan Language issued by the Institut Ramon Llull.
Beginners’ Portuguese (20 Credits)
Portuguese is a true world language, being spoken not just in Portugal, itself a uniquely distinctive tile in the Iberian mosaic, but also in Brazil, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, as well as in Angola, Mozambique, and several other African and Far Eastern countries. This intensive language module is suitable for those with no knowledge of Portuguese (or with Portuguese to GCSE). It introduces students to the vocabulary and structures of Portuguese through a variety of classroom activities, engaging them with a range of written and spoken registers of Portuguese Language through a combination of textual and visual activities. The module also provides an introduction to the culture and society of the Portuguese speaking-world.