10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Assuming a one-year post-A-level study of the language possibly including a stay abroad, successful completion of the unit Catalan Advanced 2, or equivalent learning experience at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), this unit aims to provide the linguistic and cultural skills required to operate as a near-native speaker in the target country, whether for professional, academic or recreational purposes, and to develop strategies and techniques to become a fully autonomous, life-long learner of the language and culture. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: perform at Level B2+ of the CEFR understand the majority of TV news, current affairs programmes, and films, and extended speech and lectures with a complex line of argument even when the topic is not familiar understand fairly complex articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writer adopts particular attitudes or viewpoints, as well as contemporary literary prose give a structured spoken presentation on a controversial subject related to their field of interest, expressing their views and opinions, and interacting in a persuasive manner with others write about academic, professional or personal subjects in a letter, essay or report, expressing their points of view at some length within a simple logical structure and in a homogeneous style demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural and social trends and associated behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage efficiently with native speakers in most communicative situations, including academic or professional ones demonstrate a strategic ability to study the language by themselves for specific purposes, assessing their long-term language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and using specialist tools as well as experimenting with a range of resources and techniques to achieve these goals with maximum efficiency demonstrate advanced competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, researching, presenting and analysing information, defending an argument and negotiating, intercultural and language awareness, autonomous learning, social media communication, etc.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Presentation

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