UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEEV0001 Slovene A off-track language module


UCL Credits: 15

Total Learning Hours: 188

ECTS: 15

Level: Beginner

Course Unit: 1.0

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Maja Rančigaj Beneš

Taught By: Maja Rančigaj Beneš

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

Weekly Contact Hours: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: None
Compulsory Module for: None

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 Assessment

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 simple everyday situations and get by in straightforward social settings in Slovene. This includes knowledge of basic vocabulary (e.g. lexis used to introduce yourself, to travel and find your way around, to shop, to use a library, and key concepts of the culture particular to the language), grammar, morphology (e.g. verbs in the present, past and future tense, noun cases), syntax (word order in simple sentences), and phonetics. The course prepares students to continue their studies of Slovene on the Slovene B off-track language module, and ultimately for a study year abroad, or other extended stay or holiday visit to places where Slovene is used as a first language, particularly Slovenia.


By the end of the course students should have reached level A1+ (a solid lower 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:

Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: A, B, C ... 1, 2, 3, gremo. Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2010.

Other resources:

Ivana Petric Lasnik, Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: Gremo naprej. Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2013.

Online sources:

A very useful online English-Slovene/Slovene-English dictionary. 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

Recommended reading:

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


Grant for Summer Seminar for Slovene Language, Literature and Culture in Ljubljana

There will be the opportunity to obtain a grant to attend the Summer Seminar for Slovene Language, Literature and Culture organized by the University of Ljubljana held in the first half of July. 



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