Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Courses for Fall 2014

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG) or attend a drop-in information session.


Study of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS) language is available to all Five College students at the beginning and intermediate levels. The courses are offered in a special “Mentored” format. Course sessions are in the form of small group conversation sessions and individual one-on-one tutorial sessions. Homework is structured by a series of detailed study guides providing step-by-step preparation instructions for the week. The courses cover all four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  To see recent course syllabi and study guides, visit the BCS course page on the Center's LangMedia website.

The textbook used for elementary and lower-intermediate courses is Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: A Textbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) by Ronelle Alexander. The textbook provides vocabulary and grammar for all three dialects of the language. Each student may choose which dialect s/he will learn to speak and write. Students will be expected to comprehend the other dialects and to converse with the language tutor and conversation partners who may use different dialects. Courses currently appear on transcripts under the older language name "Serbo-Croatian."

The format includes small group conversation sessions and individual tutorials. The small group conversation sessions (typically 1-3 students per group) allow ample opportunity for students to practice using the language. The sessions emphasize using in the language in ways a student might encounter when living or studying in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, or Serbia. The one-on-one tutorial sessions allow time to discuss grammatical questions, get feedback and help with written homework, and can be geared to meet the specific language learning needs of each student.  

The individual tutorial sessions are conducted by post-baccalaureate or graduate-level tutors or teaching assistants hired and trained by the Center. Conversation sessions may be conducted by a tutor, teaching assistant, or an international student native speaker who is formally educated in the language. Most sessions for BCS will be scheduled at Smith College, UMass, or the new Five College Center for the Study of World Languages at Amherst College (79 South Pleasant St. in downtown Amherst). Students submit schedule information for session scheduling after pre-registration ends or as part of the admissions process for students who apply after pre-registration. Students who apply and submit schedule information by May 1, 2014 will receive priority in scheduling.

WORKLOAD AND CREDIT

BCS courses are half courses. Students in half courses have one 30-minute individual tutorial per week and one 60-minute small group conversation session. Students in half courses should plan on one hour a day of individual work outside of sessions. It takes four semesters to complete the four-course elementary sequence at the half course pace: BCS I, II, III, and IV. Credit for half courses: Amherst  – half course; Hampshire – 1 course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 2 credits and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit; UMass – 1.5 credits.

Want to know more? Check out the Online Orientation Tutorial and the BCS Course Syllabi.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Course Schedule for Fall 2014 

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG) or attend a drop-in information session.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian I (Serbo-Croatian I)  Half course. This course is the first course in the four-course elementary BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian II (Serbo-Croatian II)  Half course. This course is the second course in the four-course elementary BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian III (Serbo-Croatian III)  Half course. This course is the third course in the four-course elementary BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian IV (Serbo-Croatian IV)  Half course. This course is the final course in the four-course elementary BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian V (Serbo-Croatian V)  Half course. This course is the first course of the four-course intermediate BCS sequence.n Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian VI (Serbo-Croatian VI)  Half course. This is the second course of the four-course intermediate BCS sequenceSchedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian VII (Serbo-Croatian VII)  Half course. This is the third course of the four-course intermediate BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian VIII (Serbo-Croatian VIII)  Half course. This is the final course of the four-course intermediate BCS sequence. Schedule: To be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students.

Courses above level VIII: Students who complete through level VIII in the Five College program should discuss options for continuing with the program coordinator.