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Slovene Level 3 Upper Intermediate

Course description: Level 3 is for people who have completed Level 2 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.

Topics and functions: Talking about school and the education system in Slovenia in comparison to the UK educational system, describing work, work experience and communication in the workplace, writing letters and emails, communication media, summarising a text, presenting a short topic, agreement, disagreement and apologising.

Grammar: Revision of all cases in the singular and plural form, modal verbs, word order in past and future tense, conditional clauses, personal, relative and interrogative pronouns, imperative, modal verbs, perfective and imperfective verbs, conjunctions and prepositions.

Study materials: The basic course book will be Ivana Petric Lasnik, Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: Gremo naprej (Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2003). It will be supported by additional teacher’s materials (grammar exercises, role play, reading and listening comprehension).

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.