Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginner I

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU code: 
SLTG 5008
CEU credits: 
2
ECTS credits: 
4
Academic year: 
2016/2017
Semester: 
Fall
Start and end dates: 
19 Sep 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
Instructor(s): 
Nirvana Silnović

SLTG 5008 Bosnian Croatian Serbian Beginner I
Introduction to the Language and Culture of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia
Language Course, 2 credits
2016 Fall Term

Instructor: Nirvana Silnović (Medieval Studies Department, CEU)
E-mail: silnovic_nirvana@phd.ceu.edu

Office Hours: Before and after class or by appointment

 

Learning Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian at CEU
Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are three standard languages spoken by the majority of population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro. They are mutually intelligible languages belonging to the South Slavic branch of languages. Partly for that reason and partly because of their shared historical development, they are often considered to be the three standard versions of one Serbo-Croatian, or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language. Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian languages share a common core, which enables all their speakers to communicate freely with one another. Students might choose to concentrate on Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian, but focusing on any of these languages will allow them to comprehend and to communicate throughout the region where these languages are spoken.

Goals and learning outcomes
The aim of the Beginner I course and its successive course in the fall semester is to introduce students to the basics of reading, speaking, and writing of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. The focus of the course will lie on acquiring the skills of reading and text comprehension needed for scientific research.

Format
Every session will be dedicated to introducing a new grammatical topic as well as new vocabulary tied to a particular theme. Classes are based on active student participation. Each session will begin with a short repetition of main vocabulary and grammar of the previous session(s). Students will receive regular homework, which will be checked in class.

Readings
Čilaš-Mikulić, Marica, Milvia Gulešić Macheta, Dinka Pasini and Sanda Lucija Udier. Hrvatski za početnike 1 (Book and Grammar/Exercise book). Zagreb: Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, 2006.

The course is open for everyone. No previous knowledge of Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian is required.

Assessment
Regular attendance (minimum of 10 sessions out of 12) is mandatory for all course attendants (including those registered for audit). Further absence will be compensated by extra homework covering the material missed by the student. Performance will be assessed by class participation (5%), 5 short quizzes of 5-10 minutes every other week (35%), and a final written exam (60%).

 

Week 1
Introduction to the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Alphabet

Pronunciation of vowels and consonants
The present tense of the verb “to be”
Personal and demonstrative pronouns
Basics of everyday communication

Week 2
Nouns and gender

Word order in a sentence
Professions, countries and nationalities

Week 3
Possessive pronouns

Interrogative pronouns
Plural of nouns
Numbers
Family and friends

Week 4
Adjectives

Describing people and things

Week 5
The present tense

Accusative
Getting information

Week 6
Modal verbs

Food

Week 7
Locative

Clothes, Furniture

Week 8
The past tense

Dative
Travels

Week 9
Future tense

Travelling, Seasons, Weather

Week 10
Reflexive verbs

Daily life

Week 11
Revision and Exercises

Week 12
Final exam