Catalan 1

Course summary

  • Wed 11 Oct 2017 to Wed 14 Mar 2018
  • 5:15-7:15pm 20 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £340.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O17P582XXW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course cancelled

Catalan 1


This interactive course provides an introduction to Catalan language and culture of Catalan-speaking countries. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some Catalan expressions and phrases through travel or socializing.

The course content is equivalent to level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The topics and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in the countries where Catalan is spoken.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

Please note: This course will commence on the 11th October, one week later that originally advertised.


Term 1: 11th October

Week 1:          Hello, good-bye and other greetings. Asking a name. Saying who you are. Spelling your name. Introductions.

Week 2:          Saying who someone is. Asking and telling your age. Asking and telling your telephone number.

Week 3:          Saying where you are from. Telling what languages you speak and what your hobbies are.

Week 4:          Telling what your occupation is. Telling what you are studying. Saying what your marital status is. Informal greetings.

Week 5:          Final task: providing personal information.

Week 6:          Introduction formalities and greetings. Introducing other people.

Week 7:          Saying where you live. Identifying other people. Describing physical appearances.

Week 8:          Talking about family relationships.

Week 9:          Talking about languages spoken in the world. Describing cities.

Week 10:        Final task: Describing people and places.


Term 2: 10th January

Week 11:        Talking about everyday activities.

Week 12:        Telling the time.

Week 13:        Comparing timetables. Telling what you are doing.

Week 14:        Comparing daily routines. Telling how often you do something.

Week 15:        Final task: Finding out about people's habits.

Week 16:        Asking and telling where you live.

Week 17:        Describing your house.

Week 18:        Talking about the housing market.

Week 19:        Talking about where you live, your neighbours and neighbourhood.

Week 20:        Talking about daily chores. Final task: Choosing the perfect location for an event and explaining why.


Course book;

Marta Mas, Albert Vilagrasa., Veus. Curs de català. Llibre de l'alumne. Nivell 1  [Compulsory for the class]

Marta Mas, Albert Vilagrasa., Veus. Curs de català. Llibre d'exercicis i gramàtica. Nivell 1  [Compulsory for the class]


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To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)


All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.


Course Fee: £340.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Ms Silvia Xicola-Tugas

Sílvia Xicola (Barcelona, Catalonia) holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting and is an official sworn translator for the Spanish Government since 2000. PG in Teaching Catalan to Adults, she has been a language teacher, proofreader and translator for the last 10 years, and is currently the Lecturer in Catalan at Oxford University. She specialises in teaching writing and oral skills both in Catalan and Spanish. Her research focuses on sociolinguistics, language attitudes/ideologies, critical discourse analysis, language and media and empowerment through social movements. Sílvia also studied Illustration and Fine Arts in Barcelona and joined Urban Sketchers in 2012, and has participated in group and solo exhibitions.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with little or no previous knowledge of Catalan an introduction to simple everyday language and culture of the Catalan-speaking countries.

Course Objectives

* To develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for simple interaction in Catalan

* To equip students with basic information about the culture and daily life of the Catalan speaking countries.

* To familiarize students with basic vocabulary and grammar structures to understand simple short texts such as notices and adverts

Teaching methods

All the Department’s language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities, role-plays, and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on interacting in the target language, practising listening speaking and grammar structures, as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:


S              participate in simple everyday conversation

L              understand simple messages and conversations

R              obtain specific information from basic written texts

W            produce short texts

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace.  Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students’ progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

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