LITH 101 – Elementary Lithuanian
5 credits, 5 times per week
M-F 9:30-10:20; PAR 305
Instructor: Eglė Žurauskaitė
Kontaktai / Contact information
Office: Room 305 W, Raitt Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays 12:00-13:00 pm or by appointment
- Petrašiūnienė E., Valančiauskienė A., Našlėnaitė Eberhardt V., Jakaitė-Bulbukienė K., Vaškevičienė L. Langas į lietuvių kalbą. Lietuvių kalbos mokymo priemonė pradedantiesiems. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2011.
- Lithuanian-English/English-Lithuanian Practical Dictionary by Gailute Urbonaite-Narkeviciene
- Dambriūnas, L., Klimas, A., Schmalstieg, W. Introduction to Modern Lithuanian. New York: Franciscan Fathers, 1993.
- Tekorienė D. Lithuanian Basic grammar and conversations. Kaunas, 1990.
Class content and goals
The course suggests basic communication in real-life situations: Meeting People, Ordering Meals, Getting around the City, etc. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, to talk about personal likes and dislikes, to talk about your daily routine as well as to discus minimally topics such as food, city, leisure time etc.
All four language skills will be emphasized: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking skills: basic communicative patterns: greetings, introductions, conversations, searching and giving information. Dialogue in formal and informal situations. Basic features of ethnic culture. Listening skills: comprehension of simple texts; recognition of word – groups. Reading skills: comprehension of simple texts; scanning gist reading. Writing skills: the graphic system of Lithuanian language; sound-symbol relationship; principles of spelling system; writing short formal and informal texts; note-taking. Basic Lithuanian grammar: category of gender of nouns; system of declension and the main meaning of declension cases, conjugation of verbs; tenses; moods; basic vocabulary items and word-groups.
Class participation: based on active participation in class activities, effort to use Lithuanian and completion of assigned work.
Homework: Homework will be assigned and graded regularly and is due to the following class.
Tests and Quizzes: Tests or Quizzes will be given after each learned lesson. The dates will be arranged in advance.
Oral exam: Oral exam will be arranged during the last week of instructions. The exam will consist of a short interview/conversation in Lithuanian between one student and the Lithuanian instructor based on learning material.
Written exam: The written exam will be given on the last week of instructions. The date of the exam is Dec 9th (tentative).
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Why Study Lithuanian?
Lithuanian courses are a fun way to satisfy your language requirement, learn more about Lithuanian heritage, or get acquainted with a special Indo-European language. Our courses are taught by an exceptional faculty, including our visiting Lithuanian Language Lecturer.
How will this impact my career?
In our increasingly global world, proficiency in a foreign language is a big career asset! Students of Lithuanian have gone on to jobs in local and international business, as well as graduate and professional school.
What requirements am I filling?
The College of Art and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education have language requirements beyond the UW admission requirement – studying Lithuanian through the third quarter fulfills this requirement.
What scholarships are available?
Students of Lithuanian are eligible to apply for support from the Baltic Program Fund.
Can I study abroad?
Yes! We have a variety of programs for students to study abroad in Lithuania and throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics.
How does registration work?
The sequence starts in autumn quarter with LITH 101 and lasts for three quarters.
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