Module LXS-2028:
Galician I

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Ms Iria Aboi Ferradas

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To introduce the students to Galician, one of Spain's co-official languages through both grammatical and communicative approaches.
  2. To encourage the students' awareness not only of the existence but of the instrumentality of Spain's co-official languages.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving A2 on the Common European Framework of Referencer for Languages (CEFR).

Course content

This module involves an introduction to Galician through the study of key areas of grammar (verbal tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, etc.), idiomatic register, and general vocabulary. Through selected in-class texts, students will also be introduced to Galician culture, literature, and sociolinguistics. The course is highly recommended for students who intend to do their year abroad (or part of it) in the historical city of Santiago de Compostela (the capital of Galicia) and its university or the cities of Vigo and A Coruña.

Books: Boullón Agrelo, Ana; Monteagudo Romero, Henrique; García Cancela, Xermán, Diccionario normativo Galego-Castelán (Vigo: Galaxia, 1994). Gómez Guinovart, Xavier, Dicionario moderno inglés-galego (Vigo: 2.0 editora, 2012). Normas ortográficas e morfolóxicas do idioma galego (Vigo: Real Academia Galega & Instituto da Lingua Galega, 2004). Pérez Barreiro, Servando, Dicionario completo galego-inglés, inglés-galego (Vigo: Cardeñoso).

Webpages: Dictionary English-Galician, Galego-Inglés: http://sli.uvigo.es/dicionario/index.html Galician dictionary by the Real Academia Galega: http://www.realacademiagalega.org Linguakit: https://linguakit.com/full_analysis

Articles: O’Rourke, Bernadette, ‘The Galician Language in the Twenty-First Century’, in A Companion to Galician Culture, ed. by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (London: Tamesis, 2014), pp.73-92. Thompson, John Patrick, ‘Portuguese or Spanish Orthography for the Galizan Language? An analysis of the Conflito Normativo’, in Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: between the local and the global, ed. by Kirsty Hopper & Manuel Puga Moruxa (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2011), pp. 143-165.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied, and an ability to implement them at a basic level.

good

50-69%: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied, and an ability to comprehend and produce the language confidently.

excellent

70+%: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and should demonstrate that considerable independent work has been done with a view to reaching an advanced knowledge of the language.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main historical events and debates related to the Galician language.

  2. Read and pronounce Galician texts with confidence.

  3. Communicate competently on basic issues.

  4. Demonstrate an ability to produce short creative pieces of writing in Galician, using basic tenses, vocabulary, and key grammatical construction.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Grammar - Exercise 1 10
Grammar - Exercise 2 10
Final Reading/Commentary 25
Oral Exam 5
Exam 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

Teaching strategy: 1 grammar-focused seminar per week for 11 weeks 1 seminar on cultural content per week for 11 weeks 1 oral skills seminar per week for 11 weeks

33
Private study 167
 

1 grammar-focused seminar per week for 11 weeks 1 seminar on cultural content per week for 11 weeks 1 oral skills seminar per week for 11 weeks

 

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 16. Sensitivity to and appreciation of basic grammatical mechanisms in Galician and an ability to implement them in spoken language. (Benchmark statement 5.3)
  • A more comprehensive understanding of Galician phonetics and spelling. (Benchmark statement 5.3)
  • The ability to critically understand cultural studies concepts on cultural hybridity and their application to core Italian postcolonial texts. (Benchmark statements 5.7, 5.10).

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lxs-2028.html

Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lxs-2028.html

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: