Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Beginner I

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU code: 
SLTG 5027
CEU credits: 
2
ECTS credits: 
4
Academic year: 
2017/2018
Semester: 
Fall
Start and end dates: 
18 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
Instructor(s): 
Nirvana Silnovic

 

Bosnian Croatian Serbian Beginner I
Introduction to the Language and Culture of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia
Language Course, 2 credits
2017 Fall Term
Instructor: Nirvana Silnović (Medieval Studies Department, CEU)
silnovic_nirvana@phd.ceu.edu
Office Hours:
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 winter 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, 2015.
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 pronouns
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

 

Bosnian Croatian Serbian Beginner I
Introduction to the Language and Culture of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia

Language Course, 2 credits
2017 Fall Term

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

Office Hours:By appointment

 

Learning Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian at CEU

Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are three standard languages spoken by themajority of population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, andMontenegro. They are mutually intelligible languages belonging to the SouthSlavic branch of languages. Partly for that reason and partly because of theirshared historical development, they are often considered to be the threestandard versions of one Serbo-Croatian, or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian languages share a common core, which enablesall their speakers to communicate freely with one another. Students mightchoose to concentrate on Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian, but focusing on any ofthese languages will allow them to comprehend and to communicate throughoutthe region where these languages are spoken.

Goals and learning outcomes.

The aim of the Beginner I course and itssuccessive course in the winter semester is to introduce students to the basics ofreading, speaking, and writing of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. The focus of thecourse will lie on acquiring the skills of reading and text comprehension neededfor scientific research.

Format.

Every session will be dedicated to introducing a new grammatical topicas 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 LucijaUdier. Hrvatski za početnike 1 (Book and Grammar/Exercise book). Zagreb:

Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, 2015.

 

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) ismandatory for all course attendants (including those registered for audit).Further absence will be compensated by extra homework covering the materialmissed 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 pronouns

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