UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria


Bulgarian Level 3 Upper Intermediate

Course description: Upper Intermediate is for people who have completed Lower Intermediate or who have sound knowledge of the language acquired through extensive visits to the country or through self-study. 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: Tourist sights; musical festivals; sport events; regional customs; folklore; holidays and festivities; travelling; booking a holiday; renting; climate; health and illnesses; introduction to the society and its challenges. Cultural references: press and TV; films.

Functions: Summarising a text; presenting a short topic; writing letters and emails; expressing agreement and disagreement; apologising.

Grammar: Revision of all cases in the singular and plural form, revision of all tenses, personal, relative and interrogative pronouns, imperative, modal verbs, perfective and imperfective verbs, comparison of adjectives, conditional clauses, 'se' constructions expressing wish and passive meaning, passive voices, renarrative mood.

Study materials: Primary textbook: Bulgarian: Beyond the First Steps Mira Kovatcheva (ISBN 978-954-011-798-0)
Secondary textbook: A Practical Bulgarian Grammar Martin Zagorchev (ISBN 978-954-390-045-9)
Teacher’s own materials.