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Slovene Level 4 Advanced

Course description: Level 4 is for people who have completed Level 3 or who have good knowledge of the language acquired through living in the country or through using Slovene 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.

Topics and functions: Learning foreign languages, talking about sport and sportspeople, food and Slovene cuisine, animals, environmental protection, shopping, consumption, reading and commenting on newspaper articles on different contemporary topics, culture, major writers, artists, famous films, simple analysis of a film orally and in writing, familiarising oneself with short and famous literary works, important events in Slovene history, historical figures, talking about the history of the region, general culture and important figures in general terms, skimming and/or translating newspaper articles of interest.

Grammar: Revision of grammar introduced at the previous level, singular, dual and plural forms of nouns, adjectives and pronouns, perfective and imperfective verbs, numerals, word order, word formation, synonyms and antonyms.

Study materials: The basic course book will be Polona Libešar, Ivana Petric Lasnik, Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: Naprej pa v slovenščini. Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2015. It will be supported by press articles, audio and video clips and teacher’s materials.

Online sources: A very useful online English-Slovene/Slovene-English dictionary is www.pons.si

The Fran Portal is a useful resource that integrates a number of dictionaries, portals, and other sources developed by the Fran Ramovš Institute in Slovenia. It allows browsing in Slovenian linguistic corpora based on both simple and complex searches. www.fran.si

If you are interested in the history of the Slovene language, its characteristics and development, there is an excellent book by Monika Kalin Golob, Nataša Komac, Nataša Logar: O slovenskem jeziku/On Slovene.