Syllabus query

Academic Year/course: 2017/18

416 - Degree in English

27804 - Second Language I: Catalan

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
27804 - Second Language I: Catalan
Faculty / School:
103 - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
416 - Degree in English
First semester
Subject Type:
Basic Education

5.1. Methodological overview

See "Learning activities" and "Syllabus"

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.2. Learning tasks

  • Theoretical lectures.
  • Practical lectures.
  • Individual work.
  • Personal study.
  • Assessment activities.

5.3. Syllabus

(27804) Second language I: Catalan

Theory programme. The programme will cover the theory of the subject as follows:

  1. Functional questions: a) Personal information (about oneself and about third parties); b) Locations (of people and places); c) Actions, activities and events.
  2. Grammatical questions: a) Phonetic aspects concerning vowels and consonants (neutral vowels, o/u neutralisation, the pronunciation of the open and closed “e”, the pronunciation of the open and closed “o”, the silent “s” and the voiced “s”, palatal sounds) and their influence on orthography, b) Orthographical marks. Accentuation. Diaeresis; c) The gender and number of nouns and adjectives; d) Demonstratives and possessives; e) Personal pronouns (general questions); f) Aspects concerning verbs (conjugations, inchoative verbs, the periphrastic perfect); g) Use of prepositions.

Practice programme (22.5 hours, 0.9 ECTS): The practice programme will follow a functional-communicative methodology: using various audiovisual documents and journalistic and literary texts students will be able to improve their knowledge about day-to-day Catalan life and culture, while focussing on grammatical contents. Theoretical and practical aspects of the subject will both be covered in the classes, meaning that the face-to-face practical activities will be integrated: a) Grammatical and lexical activities from various educational viewpoints to practice the contents covered in the theoretical classes; b) Oral comprehension activities, songs; c) Written comprehension activities (Reading and multiple-choice or true/false exercises to check understanding); d) Oral production activities (role play exercises, interviews, etc.); e) Written production activities (writing of various kinds of short texts: letters, notes, simple descriptions, etc.).

5.4. Course planning and calendar

See the academic calendar of the University of Zaragoza ( and the website of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts (Schedule of classes:;Examination schedule:

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

 BB Diccionari castellà  - català  / presentació d'Antoni Dalmau ; proleg de Manuel Seco ; cap de redacció, Josep Torras i Rodergas ; redactors, Maria Llopis i Freixas [et al.] ; col.laboradors, Xavier Carrasco i Nualart [et al.] . 3a. ed., 1a. reimp. Barcelona : Enciclopèdia Catalana, 1999
BB Diccionari de la llengua catalana / Institut D'Estudis Catalans . Barcelona : Edicions 62, 1995
BB Ruaix i Vinyet, Josep. Català  fà cil : curs bà sic per a catalanoparlants / Josep Ruaix i Vinyet . 10a. ed. act. Moià  : El autor, 1993
BB Veus : curs comunicatiu de català . 1, Llibre d'exercicis i gramà tica / Marta Mas Prats, Albert Vilagrasa Grandia (coordinació) ; Nuria Bastons Vilallonga ...[et al.] . Barcelona : Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 201
BB Veus 1 : curs comunicatiu de català  : enfocament per tasques. Llibre de l'alumne / coordinació, Marta Mas Prats, Albert Vilagrasa Grandia ; autors, Núria Bastons Vilallonga, Marta Mas Prats, Gemma Verdés Prieto, M. Helena Vergés Carreras, Albert Vilagrasa Grandia . 2ª ed. rev. Barcelona : Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 200
BB Xuriguera, Joan Baptista. Els verbs conjugats / Joan Baptista Xuriguera . 9ª ed. Barcelona : Claret, [2008]