Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginner II

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU code: 
SLTG 5127
CEU credits: 
2
ECTS credits: 
4
Academic year: 
2016/2017
Semester: 
Winter
Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Instructor(s): 
Nirvana Silnović

Bosnian Croatian Serbian Beginner II

Introduction to the Language and Culture of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia

Language Course, 2 credits

2017 Winter Term

Instructor: Nirvana Silnović (Medieval Studies Department, CEU)
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 new semester

Discussion of Fall Term’s final exams

 

Week 2 The past tense

Describing past events

Talking about movies

Week 3 Dative case

Weather forecast

Customs

Week 4 Future tense

At the post office

Week 5 Present tense of the verbs with consonant shift

Education and work

Week 6 Reflexive verbs (past, present, and future tense)

Means of transportation

Week 7 Instrumental case

Vacations

Week 8 Genitive case

Shopping and having guests

Week 9 Imperative and vocative case

Nouns and numbers

Dates

Week 10 Revision and Exercises

 

Week 11 Revision and Exercises

 

Week 12 Final exam