UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEEB0017 Bulgarian B off-track language module

UCL Credits: 15

Total Learning Hours: 188

ECTS: 7.5

Level: Intermediate

Course Unit: 1.0

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Yordanka Velkova

Taught By: Yordanka Velkova

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours:  2 hours per week


Either successful completion of SEEB 1009 Bulgarian A off-track language module or equivalent (lower intermediate) knowledge of Bulgarian. An assessment test will be arranged with the tutor to assess students' level before they join the course.

Compulsory Module for: N/a

Summative Assessment

2 hour written examination (70%), including grammar and lexical exercises (20%), reading (25%), and writing (25%); oral examination (30%), consisting of presentation (15%) and social conversation (15%).

Formative Coursework

Progress is carefully monitored, in particular in the early stages of the course, through a number of formative assessment tasks (short presentations and conversation exercises in class, informal and semi-formal vocabulary tests, reading comprehension tasks, grammar practice, Q&A sessions) and homework exercises.

Module Outline

This course aims to enable students to function in a range of everyday situations and get by in various social settings in Bulgarian. This includes sound knowledge of vocabulary (approximately 1200-1500 words), grammar, morphology (e.g. verbs in the present and past tense and various moods, verbal aspect, where relevant, noun cases, singular and plural forms, possessive constructions, etc.), syntax (consolidating and expanding knowledge of word order), and phonetics (continuing to improve pronunciation and intonation). The course prepares students to continue their studies of Bulgarian on the Bulgarian C off-track language module and for a study year abroad, or other extended stay or holiday visit to places where Bulgarian is used as a first language, particularly Bulgaria.


By the end of the course students should have reached level B1+ (a solid upper intermediate level) in all four skills according to the grading provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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

Indicative Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

Hauge, K., Tisheva, Y. 2006. Colloquial Bulgarian. The Complete Course for Beginners.

Хаджиева, Е., Влахова, Р. 2014. Български език като чужд. Лесното в трудния български език.

A range of texts (expository and literary prose passages, possibly poetry) will be discussed in class; these will be provided either by the teacher or by the students, depending on students' interests.

Material from the following will also be provided in class or may be used independently:

Hauge, К. 1999. A Short Grammar of Contemporary Bulgarian.

Alexander, R. 2000. Intensive Bulgarian: v. 2 (English / Bulgarian).

Хаджиева, Е., Влахова, Р. 2013. Текстове плюс.

Хаджиева, Е., Влахова, Р. 2012. Разбирам и говоря.

Жобов, В., Колев, Г. 2005. Джобна граматика на българския език. Глагол.

Златева. Ж. ., Ганева, Б. 2006. Български език за чужденци - 2. част. 2006. Аз говоря български (+CD), Фабер + учебна тетрадка.

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