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BCS (Serbo-Croatian)

Owing to my personal history I am uniquely qualified to teach all three standards of BCS (Bosnia{c/n}, Croatian, and Serbian). In my defining years, I lived in Bosnia, spending three months each summer in Croatia. Subsequently, in the late 1980s I completed my graduate work in Serbia. I have published extensively in various linguistic journals in Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia, even after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. One should mention, in that same connection, that my courses remain balanced and free of bias BCS courses are oftentimes accompanied by.

It is furthermore imporatnt to emphasize that my general BCS courses follow a sound methodological framework based upon the Interagency Linguistic Roundatble (ILR, formerly known as FSI) scale.

My courses develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by working in the fields of culture (a mixture of Landeskunde and contrastive coss-cultural content), grammar, lexicon, communicative skills, and linguistic norms. I believe in a heathy balance of second language acquisition objectives. In my classes I have been augmenting and extending Krashen's monitoring model with heuristics intended to facilitate acquisition of lexical and grammatical content.

Finally, all my BCS courses make extensive use of state-of-the-art technology both in and behind the scene. Course materials are derived from extensive corpus-based analyses while courses feature hybrid on-line components or are delivered fully on-line. This will become apparent if you explore the two links below.

[Introductory BCS - an example of a hybrid course]

[Intermediate BCS - another hybrid course]

[BCS 101 - an example of full on-line course delivery] (use 000000000 as your password)

PS: And yes, my courses are fun! [Click here to see my ASU class and related social events pictures]


I have taught or I currently teach the following BCS courses:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Survey of Serbo-CroatianNative speakers - students of foreign languages and literatures, and social siencesU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Structure of Serbo-CroatianPolish native speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures and Russian languge majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1994-1999, 2000-2002, U. of Wroclaw, 1995-1996
Introductory Serbo-CroatianEnglish native speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic majors
Polish native speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majors
U. of Illinois 1987-88, U. of Pittsburgh 1988, Arizona State University 2000-2004, 2005-2006
U. of Warsaw 1992-93, Adam Mickiewicz University 1994-95
Intermediate Serbo-CroatianEnglish native speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic majors
Polish native speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majors
U. of Illinois 1987-88, U. of Pittsburgh 1988, Arizona State University 2000-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006
U. of Warsaw 1992-93, Adam Mickiewicz University 1994-95
BCS for Heritage SpeakersEnglish native speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic majorsArizona State University 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006
Advanced Serbo-CroatianPolish native speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures and Russian languge majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1995-96, U. of Wroclaw 1995-1996
Serbo-Croatian PhonologySouth-Slavic languages and literatures majorsU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Serbo-Croatian MorphologyNative speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Serbo-Croatian SyntaxNative speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Serbo-Croatian Lexicology and LexicographyNative speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Serbo-Croatian Linguistic Norms and OrthographyNative speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsU. of Sarajevo, 1985-1987, 1988-1990
Serbo-Croatian Historical GrammarPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University, 1996-1998
History of Serbian and Croatian literary standardsPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University, 1996-1998
Click on the links above for short description of these courses

With regard to my BCS courses taught in the United States, it is worth mentioning that I have established a two-week summer practicum at the Azbukum Language School, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. I have also initiated a study abroad program in Yugoslavia, which should commence in the fall of 2003 as well as a six-week summer program in Serbian language and another program in the history and culture of the Balkans. This program will feature six transferable ASU credits and is likely to begin in the summer of 2004.

I have also organized specialized training sessions, such as the following forthnight-long, 80-contact-hours training session about Bosnian Muslims (Bosniacs), their language forms and social psychology created for USAF Medina Joint Language Center. [Click here to see the syllabus]. Related is Bosniac Language and Culture Immersion Camp organized at the ASU for the US government [Click here to see the syllabus]

Comparative Slavic

My background in BCS and Slovene language, coupled with almost one decade spent in Poland, where I have completed internship in teaching Polish as a foreign languge and obtained an M.A. degree in Russian philology, offer a strong rationale for my course offerings in comparative Slavic studies.

I have taught or I currently teach the following comparative Slavic courses:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Slavic Comparative GrammarPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1996-1998, 2000-2002
Slavic Contrastive GrammarPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1996-1999, 2000-2002
Click on the links above for short description of these courses

I have also taught the following one-semester monographic lectures to Adam Mickiewicz University Students: Cognitive Cross-Cultural Linguistics of Slavic Languages (The lecture introduces fundamental concepts of cognitive linguistics as presented in the works of Langacker and Lakoff. It furthermore deals with cross-cultural linguistics as advocated by Wierzbicka. Finally, the lecture demonstrates how the ideas of these approaches can be applied in the analysis of Slavic languages.) and Contrastive Slavic Lexicology (Material of Serbo-Croatian, Russian, and Polish has been used to introduce major topics and concepts of traditional European lexicology. Lexical meaning, lexical relations, lexical stratification and lexical dynamics are central topics of this course. Special attention is devoted to the lexical changes after the fall of Communism.)

I have always insisted on a healthy balance of theory and hands-on experience in my classes.

[Take a look at the Resources section to see Polish - BCS lexical lists resulting from my classes]

General Slavic

My background in four Slavic languages, strong research background in computational lexicography and grammar, as well as my expertise in the field of psychology have naturally lead to the following three general Slavic course offerings:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Computational Linguistics of Slavic Languages: An IntroductionPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1998-1999, 2000-2002; ASU 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Psycholinguistics of Slavic Languages: An IntroductionPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1998-1999, 2000-2002
History of Slavic Languages: An IntroductionEnglish speakers - Russian majorsArizona State University 2003, 2005
Click on the links above for short description of these courses

All three courses have a hybrid on-line component:

[Computational Linguistics of Slavic Languages: An Introduction]

[Psycholinguistics of Slavic Languages: An Introduction]

[History of Slavic Languages]

M.A. Seminars

In the course of my affiliation with Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, I have supervised over twenty defended M.A. theses. I am currently advising six Adam Mickiewicz University M.A. candidates and two Adam Mickiewicz University Ph.D. candidates over the Internet. I am also a member of two Ph.D. committees in Poland and a M.A. committee at Arizona State University.

Students who are writing their M.A. theses under my tutelage are advised over the course of a four-semester M.A. seminar. Most of the defended theses are available at the seminar Web page.

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Slavic Linguistic M.A. seminarPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1995-1998, 2000-2002
Click on the link above for short description of this course

[Click here for M.A. seminar Web page]

Linguistics

I consider linguistic theories most usefull when applied in homeopathic dosages, yet I insist on familiarity with both linguocentric and anthropocentric approaches. Im my linguistic courses students are provided with introductory insight into HPSG on the one hand and cognitive linguistics on the other hand. The knowledge they acquire is ment to both provide them with research tools for their projects and to launch them on furter exploring these approaches. I have taught or I currently teach the following linguistic courses:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Linguistic Proseminar I: Formal Approaches to Slavic LanguagesPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 1996-1998
Linguistic Proseminar II: Cross-cultural Cognitive LinguisticsPolish speakers - South-Slavic languages and literatures majorsAdam Mickiewicz University 2000-2002
Click on the links above for short description of these courses

Polish

I have established the Polish program at Arizona State University:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Introductory PolishEnglish speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic MajorsArizona State University 2006
Intermediate PolishEnglish speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic MajorsArizona State University 2004-2005, 2005-2006
Polish Composition and ConversationEnglish speakers - Slavic and non-Slavic MajorsArizona State University 2004-2005, 2005-2006
Click on the link above for short description of this course

Russian

I have recently commenced to employ my background in Russian by team-teaching the following course with a Russian native speaker:

CourseParticipantsWhere and When
Russian Conversation and CompositionEnglish speakers - Russian majorsArizona State University 2002-2003
Click on the link above for short description of this course

This course has a hybrid on-line component:

[Russian Conversation and Composition]

Future Offerings

Having settled in the United States permanently, I am poised to tailor my course offerings to the American academic environment. In that regard I have been or will be designing and teaching upon demand the following new courses:

  • Contemporary East European and Eurasian Literatures
    The syllabus has already been created [Click here]
  • Survey of South-Slavic Literatures
  • Former Yugoslavia: Cultures, Attitudes, Politics
  • Introductory Polish
  • Intermediate Polish
  • Advanced Polish
  • Introductory Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Introductory Slovene
  • Intermediate Slovene
  • Slavic Lexicology and Lexicography
  • Printed and Electronic Resources for Slavic Languages
  • Capstone Seminar in Slavic Linguistics