Remember how I signed up for a course in Japonese food and culture in Catalan to keep up my skills while I'm here in Canada? At UOC, yes I'm naming them and debating posting in Catalan too. That would be the Universitat Obert de Catalunya.
The class is advertised as being in Catalan, so imagine my disappointment when I logged in today and found the welcome and the course orientation information entirely in Spanish.
The body of materials provided for the course are in Catalan, but the teacher....well, she's a girl from Spain, as in not Catalunya Spain, doing her PhD in something or other and doesn't write Catalan well, though she can read it, she says. (why is it I cannot get any work anywhere without nivell C in Català and this broad can teach a Catalan language University course in Spanish????)
Why, one might ask, would the UOC consider her a suitable instructor?
I wrote her an email, explaining that while I am interested in Japonese food and culture, I was principally taking the course to maintain my Catalan, so the Spanish use is pretty much NOT ok with me. She replied in fairly terrible Catalan, and then reposted the welcome and intro in better Catalan, I suspect some emails were sent back and forth and someone in the University is translating it for her now.
Unfortunately, many of the Catalans in the course are now writing in Spanish rather than Catalan, a frankly SUPER annoying habit that most Catalans have of simply switching languages every time anyone with an accent speaks or if even 1 person in the room has trouble with Catalan. Honestly. Drives me nuts. Do they want this language or not? Do they want people to learn it? Do they want immigrants to learn it or would they like to keep it to themselves as a sort of secret?
I will grant that not all Catalans do this, only about 95% of them, and many persist in Spanish even if I persist in Catalan (which I pretty much have to) and outright ask them to use Catalan.
UOC will also be getting an email from me.
Not a very nice one either.
Ya know, I teach courses here, I cannot advertise that the course will be offered in English and then deliver it in French. Not a choice boys and girls.
Not a choice.