Intensive Programme Winter 2006/07

The courses in Bosnian Language & Culture provide students with the basics of communication in Bosnian language and an understanding of the culture of the people who speak it.

Programme:
20 hours, at 2 hours a day, Mondays through Fridays, over 2 weeks.
Beginner Immersion Programme also includes:
class materials (student's book, and supplementary materials), and Sarajevo City Tour on Saturday.
School Profile
The Soros Foreign Language School was founded in 1996 under the auspices of the Open Society Fund Bosnia-Herzegovina, itself a guarantee of the seriousness and integrity of our approach to language training. The School is now a self-supporting, not-for-profit organisation. Our goal is to provide our learners with the high quality staff, equipment, and materials necessary for an efficient, modern and enjoyable language learning experience. Soros School offers a variety of language courses for adults and younger learners. We also offer special courses which are tailor-made for business and other clients. We aim to provide the best quality language teaching in Sarajevo.
For more info about Soros School please visit:
www.soros-school.com
Our Teachers
are qualified with a degree in Philology from University of Sarajevo. They are native speakers of Bosnian, and have more than 5 years of experience in teaching Bosnian as a Foreign Language. They will help you improve your speaking, listening and comprehension skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary. The language of instruction is Bosnian to ensure that students get as much exposure to target language as possible. Teachers will also use interactive techniques such as role-plays, games and simulation of real life situations.
Course Overview
Bosnian language course is designed to teach you how to use Bosnian in your everyday lives, not simply teach you the rules of grammar. There is a strong emphasis on spoken practice and functional knowledge of the grammar. You do not need any prior knowledge of either Bosnian or English to join the classes.

If you are not an absolute beginner, you will be expected to take a short placement test before signing up for the class, to determine your language level and ensure placement in the right level.

Each lesson is of 60 minutes duration. Between two lessons you will have a short break, of 10 – 15 minutes. Classes are usually scheduled in the evening, but we can also offer classes during the day if the minimum of 6 learners register for any time that suits them.

Maximum class size:
12 students
Beginner level description
On completion of this level you are familiar with some basics of Bosnian language: you are able to express present tense and ask questions. You know basic characteristics of nouns and adjectives. You can use vocabulary related to time, colours, clothes and food. You are capable of simple communication in situations like shopping and restaurants.

Timetable
Classes: Mondays through Fridays, 19:30 – 21:40
Sarajevo City Tour on Saturday.
Course Dates:
  • September 3 – September 14
  • September 24 – October 5
  • October 8 - October 19
  • October 22 – November 2
  • November 5 - November 16
  • November 19 - November 30
Course fee:
139 EUR / 270 BAM
City Tour Overview
On Saturday you will have the opportunity to spend a day outside with your classmates and teacher. You will be able to see and learn about the unique cultural and historical heritage of B-H, and also to practise Bosnian in a real life situation.


A JOURNEY THROUGH SARAJEVO'S PAST & PRESENT

Total Walking Hours: 2
Departure Place & Time: Inat House/Inat Kuca across from the National Library / 11:00 AM
Estimated Time of Return: 14:00 PM
What to Bring: City clothes, camera
What is Included: Experienced and knowledgeable city guide, entrance to all places in the program (where possible).

Sites to see:
  1. Ancient old town - Sarajevo's medieval beginnings
  2. Old Town Hall (National Library) - 1896
  3. Jajce Castle (Eugene of Savoy Castle)
  4. Alifakovac Cemetery - 1550
  5. Kazandžiluk Street - old coppersmiths at work
  6. Baščaršija (Old Town's Main Square)
  7. Orthodox Church - 1539
  8. Synagogue - 1581
  9. Roman Catholic Cathedral - 1889
  10. Svrzo House (Turkish Style house of well-known Muslim family, and an opportunity to have a coffee or tea)
  11. The story of Gazi Husref Bey - the founding of a city
  12. Latin Bridge - place of Franz Ferdinand's assassination
A member of

We offer classes in Bosnian for members of the International Community. These courses are designed to teach you how to use Bosnian in your everyday lives, not simply teach you the rules of grammar. There is a strong emphasis on spoken practice and functional knowledge of the grammar. You do not need any prior knowledge of either Bosnian or English to join the classes.

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»language is a system of communication and not just a set of rules. This is why we do not teach just grammar, but the whole language.

»learning is an active process, and that the learner has to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

»language learning requires a lot of practice. This is why we ask you to speak a lot in class.

»language learning involves the whole person, not just analysis of rules. This is why we ask you to talk about all aspects of the world.

»language ability is made up of a variety of skills, and this we why we do not focus on single language skills

»an effective learning takes place in a comfortable environment. This is why the classes may feel more relaxed than you are used to.

»everyone is different, and this is why we will take time to get to know you personally, so that we can better help you to learn.