Plan of studies

General Teaching Goals at the EOIs

The curriculum for all courses and levels is specified in the Royal Decree 1629/2006 of 29 December, which sets down the basic curriculum aspects of non-general language education regulated by the LOE 2/2006. In Catalonia it is set out in the Decree 4/2009 of 13 January, which establishes the organization and curriculum of non-general language education.

Non-general language education is aimed at people who, having acquired basic skills in general education, need throughout their adult life to acquire or improve skills in one or more foreign languages, both for general and specific purposes, and obtain a certificate of their level of proficiency in these languages.

These aims lead to using a model of language use as a basis for education. This involves the development and activation of both general skills and linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic skills. This view of language, in line with the reference levels developed by the Council of Europe, forms the basis for the goals, course content and assessment criteria that all EOIs apply.

The EOI curriculum lays out the language teaching goals, which are for students to acquire skills for the effective use of the language as a means for general communication.

A new curriculum has been set out for the Catalan for foreigners course in the Resolution EDU/1707/2010, which divides the teaching of Catalan into 6 courses: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, C1 and C2.

Following the introduction of the C1 level for English, French and German, a new curriculum for this level was published in the Resolution ENS/1365/2012.

Levels

The EOIs teach through courses lasting from 130 to 145 hours each. The number of courses varies for each language.

English, French and German (6 courses)

  • Basic Level: 2 courses
  • Intermediate Level: 1 course
  • Advanced Level: 2 courses
  • C1 Level: 1 course

Basque, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (5 courses)

  • Basic Level: 2 courses
  • Intermediate Level: 1 course
  • Advanced Level: 2 courses

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian (6 courses)

  • Basic Level: 2 courses
  • Intermediate Level: 2 courses
  • Advanced Level: 2 courses

In the case of Chinese, each of the two Basic Level courses are divided into two 70-hour courses, which can be taken separately (1st A, 1st B, 2nd A and 2nd B). However, the total number of hours in the Basic Level is the same as the other languages in this group.

Catalan (6 courses)

  • Basic Level: 2 courses
  • Intermediate Level: 1 course
  • Advanced Level: 2 courses to be taken in one academic year
  • C1 Level: 1 course
  • C2 Level: 1 course

University Credits

Catalan universities can award EOI courses a number of elective language credits. Please inquire at your faculty office about the procedure and how many university credits are awarded.