Studying Catalan language as a Minor at 25% of your degree will help you to become highly proficient in reading, speaking and listening to the language. It will also help you to understand aspects of the society and culture of the Iberian Penninsula.
At the University of Liverpool, Catalan is taken as a beginners' language. Catalan is a Romance language, spoken by about 10 million people, mainly in Catalonia, in the North-East region of Spain (although it is also spoken in France, Italy and Andorra). it has had a long and rich literary and cultural history. A mastery of this language brings with it not only access to cultural products including world literature and cinema, but also important social, cultural, historical and linguistic debates from the literary world of Ramon Llull to the independence movement, Football Club Barcelona and the outstanding works by Antoni Gaudí or Salvador Dalí.
In Year One our vibrant and fast-moving course will quickly take you to A Level standard during the course of your first year.
In Years Two and Four tuition in small groups will provide you with the opportunity to approximate near-native standards.
A period of study and residence abroad is not a requirement of Catalan as a Minor but it is strongly encouraged.
If you do opt to spend a Year Abroad your time will be spent in a Catalan-speaking country as an assistant in a school, as a student at a university or on a work placement. During this year, you will complete an extended essay or portfolio in Catalan or follow courses at your host university.