Students who wish to study a course in Catalan or who do not have any reservations about taking a course in Catalan should state so during registration.
In order to foster teaching in Catalan, the University of Alicante has launched teaching groups in Catalan
In these groups, teaching staff use Catalan as the working language since most teaching materials and recommended readings are in Catalan. Students can use both official languages during university activities.
The University of Alicante fosters teaching in Catalan so that, on the one hand, students can know enough Catalan to have a brighter professional future, and on the other hand, to respect the students' right to receive courses in their own language.
The amount of subjects taught in Catalan depends on the availability and capacity of the teaching staff to teach lessons and produce teaching materials in Catalan. It also depends on the amount of subjects in Catalan demanded by students.
In order to accomplish these objectives, the University of Alicante offers groups with teaching in Catalan (tuition in Catalan) in most degrees.
For groups with teaching in Catalan, teaching staff use Catalan as the working language and therefore most teaching materials and recommended readings are in Catalan. Students can use both official languages during university activities.
The Languages Service is fosters teaching and use of Catalan in the university environment.
Generally speaking, lessons in Catalan are not compulsory.
UA students are entitled to use any of both official languages during university activities.
Students can voluntarily take lessons in Catalan in degrees where Catalan-taught groups are available.
In the Undergraduate Degrees in Child and Primary Education, Catalan Language is a compulsory subject for all students, as teachers trained within the Region of Valencia must have a broad knowledge of the Region's own language to practise their profession.
In language studies (philologies), there are Catalan language and culture contents that can be optional or compulsory, depending on the academic pathway chosen by the students.
In any case, it is important to remember that both Spanish and Catalan are official languages at the University of Alicante.
UA official languages are Catalan and Spanish (art.1.4 UA Statutes). Therefore, both can be used in all university activities, that is: they can be used in class, in practical lessons, in tests, when communicating with their teachers, among classmates.
Most of the lessons are taught in Spanish, but there are also courses where teaching in Catalan, English and other foreign languages is available.
The University of Alicante offers groups with teaching in Catalan where Catalan is the working language.
Students who wish to take a course in Catalan or who do not have any reservations about taking a course in Catalan, should state so during registration.
Teachers can request translation of notes, practical lessons, exercises, slides, and other teaching materials at the Languages Service. This is a free, quick, and safe service.
The Languages Service helps lay out and edit teaching materials in notebook format for free, so that students can buy them as photocopies in the university's copy shops.
The Languages Service translates tests for teachers quickly, safely, and for free. Therefore, students can require teachers to carry out a test in Catalan.
It is an activity developed by the Languages Service whereby people who speak Catalan help others who are willing to learn the language or improve their level.
The activity is carried out in language pairs or in talk groups.
Every year, the Languages Service's area for Language Promotion provides information about Catalan knowledge and Catalan teaching demand. Students can ask for information to the person in charge.
Attendance-based, non-attendance based and intensive courses are offered.
Passing UA Catalan tests means obtaining an official accreditation issued by the Valencian Language Certification Board (JQCV).
The Languages Service also fosters the use of self-learning materials.
According to UA Regulations on Undergraduate Degrees Implementation, students must develop certain oral and writing skills.
Moreover, the University of Alicante encourages all university students(especially students of the Master's Degree in teacher training) to hold a C1 Catalan level certificate by the time they complete their university degree. Such a certificate will make it easier to access to jobs, especially within the public sector.
According to the Undergraduate Degree in Child Education and Primary Education regulations, students are obliged to obtain a C1 Catalan level certificate.
Catalan language accreditation can be issued by universities in the Valencia region, universities within the rest of the Catalan-speaking world, the Valencia Region Government, as well as official Language Centres.
Besides, students can prove their knowledge of Catalan by sitting and passing Catalan language subjects courses organised by the UA, and and sitting language level tests.
Catalan certificates will be included in the students' academic record.
The Institute for Valencian Studies and the Department of Catalan Studies will prove the academic validity of any of the Catalan accreditation pathways.
Instructions for Catalan and foreign languages competences' accreditation
The Valencian Language Certification Board belongs to the Valencia Region Government (Regional Department of Culture) and is in charge of establishing and carrying out Catalan knowledge accreditation.
The Certification Board organises tests for different levels (officially known as Oral, Elemental, Mitjà and Superior). Two tests per level are carried out every year (in June and November). Students can register in April and September.
In Alicante, tests are carried out on the UA campus.
Official Catalan competence accreditation issued by the Valencia Region Government is also recognised in other Catalan-speaking territories.
Universities within the Region of Valencia can also certify Catalan competence.
This accreditation can be obtained by studying and passing the Catalan coursesthat the UA Languages Service organises, or by studying courses included in theUA Regulations on Catalan competence accreditation.
The Valencian Regional Department of Culture organises two examination sessions. Registration periods: March-April and September. Students who register in March-April are entitled to sit both sessions.
Tests: June-July and November.
Exams always take place on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. Students are divided into two groups depending on their surname's first letter.
Venue: University of Alicante (normally in Lecture Building 2) and various towns within the Region of Valencia.
Obtaining the Catalan Teaching Competence Certificate and the Catalan Language Teacher Certificate is totally advisable for university students who look forward to becoming teachers in the Region of Valencia.
Obtaining the Teaching Competence Certificate and the Catalan Language Teacher Certificate (only available for education and philology graduates) allows students to teach courses in Catalan in all pre-university education levels, as well as teach courses in Catalan in child and primary education.
In order to obtain the Catalan Teaching Competence Certificate students must hold a Catalan C1 level certificate (C2 for the Catalan Language Teacher Certificate), and pass the Catalan Teaching Competence Certificate Course held by Catalan universities.
Faculty of Education students, as well as students from philologies and humanities can obtain the Catalan Teaching Competence Certificate by following the academic pathways included in their curricula for that purpose.
Order 17/2013 of the Regional Department of Education on the certificates enabling to teach in Catalan, to teach Catalan language, and to teach foreign languages in non-university courses within the Region of Valencia
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