The goal of the BCS Intermediate I course in the fall semester, and its successive course in the winter semester, is to improve students’ reading skills, as well as to enhance their vocabulary and grammatical competences. On Tuesdays, we will read excerpts from prose works in Bosnian Croatian and Serbian--both literary and specialized—focusing on different reading tactics, vocabulary enrichment, and cultural contextualization. Wednesdays will be devoted to grammatical explanations and exercise, problem-solving tasks and drills.

Course description/Format:

The course is designed for students who have never learnt Russian before. We will start from learning alphabet, phonetics, intonation rules, acquiring basic vocabulary, learning elementary grammar rules, etc. 

Learning outcomes: By the end of the fall term students will be able to:

(1)  according to CEFR[1]: (a)  understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; (b) introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has; (c) interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

(2)  in addition, student will acquire abilities to work independently (with the help of a dictionary) with adapted texts: read, translate, answer questions about it, etc.

[1] Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This course is open to all students who have no or minimal previous knowledge of Latin. The course, planned to cover two semesters, is intended to equip the students with a basic knowledge of Medieval Latin, especially its morphology, so as to enable them to handle by the end of the year, at lower intermediate level, sources written in that language.

Latin Intermediate is open to all students whose level is above Beginner, i.e., who have completed two semesters of Latin at the CEU (Latin Beginner I & II) or, alternatively, who have already mastered most of Latin morphology and have at least a basic knowledge of syntax, and who would like to improve their skills in reading and interpreting Medieval Latin.