UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0124 MA New Language: Serbian/Croatian

UCL Credit Value: 30

ECTS Value: 15

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Jelena Calic

Taught By: Jelena Calic

Weekly Contact Hours: 4.0

Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3 hour written examination (75%), oral examination (25%)

Formative Assessment

Grammar and reading comprehension exercises, translation, short essay writing, delivering short presentations in class.

Module Outline

This course aims to provide a competent reading knowledge of Serbian/Croatian and basic communicative skills in the language. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to assure both potential employers and academic supervisors that they possess the necessary foundation-level Serbian/Croatian language skills to work with original Serbian/Croatian texts and to enable them to undertake study and/or research in Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. The course provides an intensive introduction to Serbian/Croatian grammar, a knowledge of basic vocabulary, practice in the skills of oral communication in Serbian/Croatian in straightforward situations, translation and information retrieval skills, using Serbian/Croatian texts on regional as well as on international cultural, political, and social themes. The course is designed for beginners. It requires intensitve study including learning and practising independently beyond the contact hours.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have reached level B1+ (a solid upper intermediate to advanced level) in reading skills and in awareness of language structure, and level A2 (lower to upper intermediate level) in all other skills (speaking, writing, listening) according to the grading provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Students will improve their independent study skills, analytical skills, and general language learning ability.

Key Reference Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

Alexander, R. (2006). Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, A Grammar: with sociolinguistic commentary. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.