Review Comment

Elementary Serbo-Croatian

May 21, 2014

Boskovic, Aleksandar
Elementary Serbo-Croatian

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Probably the most enjoyable class I've ever taken at Columbia. Professor Boskovic is a star. His enthusiasm for the language and culture is infectious and I honestly looked forward to coming to class, even on fridays. The language is quite difficult, especially for native English speakers with little to no prior exposure to Slavic languages. However, professor Boskovic is very aware of this and is very willing to help in any way that he can. The pace of the class was more or less tailored to our needs as a group. If we were struggling with a concept, professor Boskovic adjusted the syllabus accordingly and spent more time on it. As far as the workload goes, we had homework exercises due pretty much every class and bi-weekly exams. Sounds like a lot, but was really very do-able. As with most language classes, Serbo-Croatian requires a certain level of commitment and a knack for memorization in order to really do well. For anyone with an interest in the language who prepared to work hard, I highly recommend this class.

Workload:

Nightly homework exercises
Chapter exams more or less every other week
Final Exam

December 31, 1999

Gorup, Radmila
Elementary Serbo-Croatian

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Gorup is superb and her Serbo-Croatian classes are a great, if slightly unusual, way to fulfill the language requirement. She is humourous, kind, and a talented teacher who makes a 75 minute 3 day a week class seem surprisingly painless. As a Columbia-trained linguist, you'll learn a lot of technical background about the language . . but don't be scared, the material is well-presented and she is an incredibly easy grader. As a Belgrade native, she will also happily introduce you to the culture that defines this part of the world, and may even cook up a tasty ethnic dish for a class party! Highly recommended.

Workload:

Easy assignments that usually take less than 20 minutes, leniently graded tests every couple of weeks that emcompass the previous lesson's grammar and vocabulary. As long as you keep up with the class the workload is light. A word of warning, though: Serbo-Croatian is a difficult language and the class is full of native speakers who have had previous exposure to the language . . . if you're a complete novice it may be a little rough at first.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / SCRB SLAL SCRB W1102: Elementary Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Radmila Gorup 2012 Spring MWF / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
SLAL / SCRB SLAL SCRB W1102: Elementary Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Radmila Gorup 2010 Spring MWF / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
SLAL / SCRB SLAL SCRB W1102: Elementary Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Vojislava Filipcevic 2009 Spring F / 11:00-12:15 PM 1