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University of Alicante implements a Catalan conversation programme in seven local councils

Translated by Annabel Alcaide Carmona

The University of Alicante (Languages Service and Interuniversity Institute for Valencian Studies) implements a Catalan conversation programme on the campuses of Alcoy and San Vicente del Raspeig and in several local councils as well. The aim of this proposal is to promote the use and learning of Catalan. This initiative is supported by the town councils of Alcoy, Elda, Orihuela, Sax, Torrevieja and Villena, including Escola Valenciana, an association to promote the use of Catalan.The programme will be held at their UA venues and off-campus culture halls. 

Conversation programmes are critical to support Catalan learners, as they can practise the conversation in a relaxed atmosphere while interacting with others participants. Here, they debate about current issues, participate in communicative situations and express their opinions.

In order to encourage the learning, conversation classes are based on groups of six people driven by staff members recruited by the University of Alicante Languages Service. Participation is free and open to any person with enthusiasm for improving their Catalan.

Participants in Elda, Orihuela, Sax and Torrevieja simply go to the provided space and start speaking while in Alcoy and Villena it is necessary to make a prior reservation. People wishing to attend the conversation classes organised by the Catalan Self-learning Centre (CAU) on the San Vicente campus must first register in the forms available at the CAU. These forms can be found on the ground floor of the Main Library. Almost 1,500 people joined the Catalan Self-learning Centre conversation programmes last year.

For further information about timetables, location and registration procedures, do not hesitate to visit conversation programmes and the Catalan Self-learning Centre websites.


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