University of Notre Dame

Catalan

LLRO 10113: Beginning Catalan

Despite being a lesser-known language, Catalan is spoken today by a community of more than 9 million people across Spain, France, Italy, and Andorra, and forms part of every-day life in such internationally renowned cities as Barcelona and Valencia.

The study of Catalan language and culture is fundamental to understanding the socio-cultural complexity of today’s Spain, as well as the multiplicity of political and linguistic identities present in contemporary Europe. This course is a balanced approach to acquisition of language skills with equal emphasis place on spoken and written Catalan, and appreciation of Catalan culture through reading, films, music, and class discussion. This six-credit hybrid introductory course will combine traditional classroom and online instruction. Prior knowledge of another romance language is highly desirable.