UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria


Bulgarian Level 5 Advanced

Course description: Advanced is for people who have completed Upper Intermediate or who have good knowledge of the language acquired through living in the country or speaking Bulgarian regularly. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course will cover the following:

Topics: Newspaper articles on different contemporary topics; important events in Bulgarian history; the political system; the educational system; environmental protection and nature reserves; conflicting views and political conflict, past and present; major writers; artists; sportspeople; historical figures; famous films. Cultural references: regional customs; arts and crafts; films; essential literature texts.

Functions: Skimming and/or translating newspaper articles of interest; talking about the history of the region, general culture and important figures in general terms; understanding and talking about the school system and the political system; familiarising oneself with short and famous literary works; simple analysis of a film orally and in writing.

Grammar: Revision of grammar introduced on previous levels, conditional clauses and passive voice, the past and present adverbial participles, word formation, synonyms and antonyms.

Study materials: Authentic press articles, audio and video clips, teacher’s materials.