The Language Requirement is part of Columbia’s mission to prepare students to be informed and culturally sensitive citizens. Knowledge of another language and culture is the best way to understand the contingent and constructed nature of one’s own culture, and therefore to appreciate both its achievements and its shortcomings. Turning another culture into an object of knowledge trains us to achieve the same critical distance from our own, which in turn creates the conditions for our leading an examined life within our own social milieu.
The Catalan Language Program consists of an intensive sequence of four courses that seek to foster the students’ linguistic, communicative and cultural competence while exposing them to the main sociocultural manifestation of the Catalan-speaking territories. The integration of linguistic and cultural aspects is essential in the progressive training of the students to not only be well-equipped to handle themselves in all sorts of daily real-life communicative situations, but also being prepared to approach critically a variety of academic materials and to connect contents on different subject areas.
Intermediate Catalan I is the first part of the intermediate level sequence, which will continue developing communicative competence—reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension—and will further acquaint students with Catalan cultures.
Based on the objectives of the Common European Framework of Reference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the main goals that should be reached at this level (B1) are:
- To understand typical daily conversations and the main ideas of informative and opinion texts on current general matters or topics of personal interest.
- To write simple texts on familiar topics or subjects within his/her field of interest
- To participate in conversations on matters related to his/her interests, express opinions, plans, and intentions.
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