Basque is a language like no other! This online learning experience is an introduction to the Basque language through real communicative situations for the purpose of visiting the Basque Country and being able to communicate with other Basque speakers. The course is designed to facilitate the development of basic written and conversational skills by providing opportunities for students to engage in dynamic activities, such as dialogue, games, and presentations, and to gain cultural experiences through interaction with videos, images, and with others who appreciate and seek to preserve the Basque language and culture. Students enrolled in this enrichment experience are encouraged to take full advantage of class attendance in the regular session course occurring on UCSB’s campus, if their schedules permit, and are encouraged to participate in virtual discussion through chat with a partner or in small groups and in Basque-related events that take place on the UCSB campus.
Students will be able to:
- participate in everyday conversational exchanges including—introducing themselves; asking and answering simple questions about personal information, places, services, and locations; and, defining personal relationships, etc.
- produce and interpret oral and written Basque Language at a beginner level.
- describe and illustrate cultural aspects about the Basque Country, including history, language, and traditions.