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The Catalan government accredits the UOC School of Languages certificates
[21/07/2011]
Students passing UOC School of Languages courses will, from now on, be awarded certificates accredited by the Catalan government at the same level as the Official School of Languages. In the case of English and French, the certificates that have been approved and validated by the Catalan government are the A1, A2, B1 and B2-level certificates. In turn, the certificates validated for Catalan, Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish are A1 and, in some cases, A2; and the courses offered are to be increased progressively.

With the aim of aiding national and international benchmarking of its foreign language certificates, the School of Languages has adapted all of its courses to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which sets the oral and written expression and comprehension skills required for each level. Thus, School of Languages students can accredit their skills to any university or company around the world.

Levels

A1 is the elementary level, A2 is the basic level of knowledge of a language, B1 is the intermediate level, and B2 the advanced level. The B1 certificate in English is needed in order to study the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training – Secondary Education, Language Teaching and Vocational Training.

Other institutions

The institutions whose language certificates have been accredited by the Catalan government include the UB School of Modern Languages, the UAB Language Service, the Official School of Languages, the Goethe Institut, Cambridge ESOL, the University of Michigan English Language Institute, the Instituto Italiano di Cultura and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.

UOC School of Languages

The School of Languages encompasses all of the UOC’s language courses, using web 2.0 techniques and tools to allow students to effectively practise all the skills needed to speak a language fluently.

The UOC has courses in English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Catalan and Spanish. We do not offer Italian. That is an error on the part of the Catalan government.

SpeakApps, a package of 2.0 tools for language learning

Work is currently underway on the European SpeakApps project, an initiative led by the UOC that offers students a range of online tools and activities to aid practice of speaking foreign languages. The UOC is one of the leading institutions in research and application of online oral practice of foreign languages.

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