The University of Zagreb, the Croatian Heritage Foundation & the University Computing Centre offer an e-learning course of the Croatian language at the beginner level. The course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of Croatian, or with very basic knowledge of the language.
The proposed course is a form of distance learning, more precisely, it is e-learning through a learning management system (LMS) and also through 24 teaching hours with experienced language instructors (native speakers) over Skype or Webinar. The course is not offered in a form of software that can be bought and used after the course finishes, but it is in a form of interactive teaching materials accessible on the LMS during the course duration.
The course is based on the LMS Moodle, therefore it is required that the course participants have basic computer skills.
The e-learning course comprises of 7 units which are expected to be finished in 12 weeks. The participants have two weeks to complete one main unit (the main units are Units 2-6), while Unit 1 and Unit 7 have to be completed in one week. Unit 1 is the introductory unit, while Unit 7 consists of revision exercises and of a final exam. Each unit ends with a short test that shows the learner’s progress. The tests can be taken only at a time scheduled in advance.
In order to finish the course successfully, it is necessary that the learners regularly spend time reading, writing and practicing the language by doing the activities and assignments using the program. The learners’ activity at the e-course is the equivalent of student class attendance in a regular classroom, i.e. it is an important part of the study process. Therefore, the participants who show no activity inside a unit within two weeks will be considered dropouts.
Although the learning process inside each unit within a two week period is independent and individual, i.e. the participants study at their own pace; it is required that the participants communicate with the instructor twice a week at a scheduled time (real-time communication online). If the participants are not able to participate at a scheduled on-line session, they need to inform the instructor about it at least one day in advance. Canceled classes cannot be taken afterwards.
Each unit comprises of texts that are aimed to develop communicative competence with a focus on basic grammatical structures. All important explanations are offered in Croatian, English and Spanish language.
Each unit consists of:
• written and spoken version of a text
• vocabulary and grammar exercises
• pronunciation activities
• self-assessment activities
• interactive language activities
• homework assignments
• cultural information
• vocabulary and grammar test after each unit
The final exam consists of two parts: a written and an oral section. The written section consists of communication questions, grammar and a short composition on a familiar topic. The oral section of the exam comprises of a prepared speech and an interview with the examination committee. The oral part of the exam will be taken by Skype or Webinar at a scheduled time.
Participants who pass the final exam will receive a Certificate of attendance and a Grade report from the University of Zagreb. Participants who fail any part of the final exam will receive only a confirmation of their course participation.
- basic IT skills
- computer with speakers/headphones, microphone (required)
- Internet connection (broadband recommended)
- Current version of Internet Explorer® or Mozilla
- Academic fee: 500 €
- Expenses that participants make by using the Internet are not part of the academic fee and should be covered by the participant
Application should be sent and academic fee should be paid by: February 22, 2016.
The participant is officially registered for the course when the University of Zagreb receives the academic fee. After the registration, the participant will receive the login password for the course by e-mail. One week after the final exam, the login password will not be valid any more.
Note: In the case of quitting the course at any time, the registration fee will not be refunded.
For all detailed information and application form, please contact ecroatian@. gmail.com
University of Zagreb
Croatian e-learning course
(Marija Bošnjak / Lidija Cvikić)
e-mail: ecroatian@ gmail.com
Croatian heritage foundation
Ms Lada Kanajet-Šimić
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel. (385 1) 61 15 116