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Denis Basic
Seattle Campus

Independent Study or Research

Class description

Within the scope of this course, students will review their knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) morphology and syntax by focusing on four language skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through the exploration of appropriate written texts and video and audio materials, they will, further on, familiarize themselves with the Bosnian-Herzegovinan, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin culture and increase their ability to use effective strategies for language learning and communication. Hence, through this course, students will expand their knowledge of BCS syntax, morphology, and lexicology, which should enable them to communicate fluently in the target language.

Student learning goals

Enlarge your vocabulary of BCS

Increase your confidence in communicating in BCS

Master the syntax of BCS to the point of feeling comfortable reading newspapers articles in BCS and writing commentaries on them in BCS

General method of instruction

Lectures, presentations, discussions, homework

Recommended preparation

Reading in advance will help students be able to participate in class more creatively.

Class assignments and grading

1. Exams. There will be two exams during the quarter. Each exam will consist of listening, reading, writing, and speaking sections. The exams are scheduled for the following days

Exam 1 - Monday, October 29, 2012, Exam 2 - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

2. Participation. Active class participation is important to students' skill development and to the success of the course. Class participation will be assessed every day and students' daily score will be calculated on a scale 0 to 5.

3. Homework. There will be eight homework assignments. It is expected from students to hand in their homework assignments in a timely fashion. Homework will be assessed every day, and students' daily score will be calculated on the scale 0 to 5.

4. Presentations. Students are expected to prepare one presentation for each theme on a topic of their choice related to the theme. The topic of each theme should be confirmed with the instructor.

In presentation sessions, students will act as both, presenters and audience. As presenters, students can, but do not have to follow the following format of presentation:

a) Prepare a 15 to 20-minute presentation in BCS on a topic pertinent to the theme. The topic may be as general as the theme itself or as narrow as any particular part of the theme; b) The presentation should have one major point to be explained; c) The presentation should address at least four different aspects of the major point; d) The presentation should elucidate the presenter's opinion about the major point.

As an audience, the students should, but do not necessarily have to follow the following format: a) Listen carefully to the presentation. b) Using special forms provided by the instructor, students need to prepare themselves for the question-and-answer discussion after the presentation. c) Participate in the question-and-answer discussion.

Presentations will also be assessed on the scale from 0 to 5.

5. Conversations. There will be four conversation sessions, one for each theme. Students have to prepare themselves for each conversation session by providing their own opinion based on various sources about the theme. Students should try to anticipate relevant issues that might come up in conversations, so that they could argue either for or against certain points brought up by other participants. The students will be provided with special forms for preparing and following their conversation session plans. The form should be submitted to the instructor at the end of the conversation session. Conversations will be assessed on the scale from 0 to 5.

6. Paper. Students are required to write a paper in BCS. In the paper students should thoroughly discuss a topic of their choice. They should corroborate and discuss all important issues with the instructor. The following deadlines regarding the paper should be followed:

a) Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - submit the proposed topic together with some initial ideas to be discussed in the paper; b) Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - submit a source list; c) Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - submit the first version of the paper; d) Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - submit the second and final version of the paper.

The paper will be graded on the scale from 0 to 5.

Students' final grades will be calculated according to the following scale: - Mid Term and Final Exams - 20% of the grade each (40% total) - Classroom participation - 10% of the grade - Homework - 10% of the grade - Presentation - 10% of the grade - Conversations - 10% of the grade - Term paper - 20% of the grade - The instructor reserves the right to give extra points to students for special effort Grades will be assigned following the standard grade scale.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Denis Basic
Date: 09/23/2012