The Use of Catalan Language at CETT

CETT has always wanted to contribute through its business activities in the consolidation of the awareness of our country, Catalonia.

We are lucky to work in a sector that allows us to contribute to this task in many ways, since Tourism nourishes from its landscape, its people and its cultural manifestations.

This gives us the opportunity to bring out the cultural affirmations represented by these touristic attractions and to be active leaders of the construction of Catalonia.

As an education center we have the responsibility to get our students to know the Catalan culture.

For this reason, invoking the right recognized by law, Catalan is the institutional language of CETT and the body of the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy

Teaching is conducted in both Catalan and Spanish, which are Catalonia’s official languages. However, while it seeks to guarantee the standardized use of Catalan, the center’s increasingly international involvement and its participation in interuniversity mobility programs have led it to adopt language policies that also foster the study and use of other languages in order to consolidate CETT as a multilingual institution.

Both teachers and students are entitled to express themselves, either orally or in writing, in the official language of their preference. For instance, students may write assignments and answer exams in either of both languages, regardless of the language used by the teacher.

Catalan, as well as Spanish, is a Romance language. The close proximity between languages in this group makes it easier for visiting students and non-Catalan-speaking students who can speak a Romance language to begin to understand those classes taught in Catalan. Besides, it also helps that the language register used in class is typically scientific or technical, which is much easier to understand than non-academic and informal language.

The UB’s Language Services also offer visiting and non-Catalan-speaking students a wide range of opportunities to learn Catalan, including free Catalan courses for beginners - including an information session describing features of the Catalan language – and the chance to sign up at the Language Services’ Exchange Program and participate in different cultural events. Taking part in the Program is a particularly effective way to become involved in the University’s academic, social and cultural life; and of course it also makes it easier for you to get to know the other students!