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- Introductory Hungarian I
- CEUS-T 141/541
- Valeria Varga
The introductory-level Hungarian course is designed to enable students to converse about simple personal and social topics, meet basic needs, and read and write short texts. This course intends to cover all the basic sentence patterns in present tense and to introduce a wide range of everyday topics. The goal is to make students familiar with the fundamental structure of the Hungarian language as well as to enable them to use the material covered in class with an appropriate level of comfort and confidence. The material also provides general information about Hungarian lifestyle, society and culture.
In the first semester, the daily classes focus on the following: listening to and conducting simple conversations, pronunciation exercises, grammar exercises and writing simple dialogues. Topics include: getting to know someone, arriving at a hotel, phone calls, market, restaurant. In order to provide a guideline for further study, sentences including ‘to be’, indefinite and definite verb conjugations, and elementary suffixes and endings are treated with emphasis from among forms.
Required texts and materials
Hungarolingua 1. Magyar nyelvkönyv, by Edit Hlavacska et al., Debrecen, 1996.
Hungarolingua 1. Nyelvtani munkafüzet, by Edit Hlavacska, Debrecen, 1996.
Suggested texts and materials
Hungarian Verbs and Essentials of Grammar, by Miklós Törkenczy, Budapest, 1997.
Any Hungarian-English, English-Hungarian medium-sized dictionary.
Grades are based on class attendance, participation and assignments. Assignments include: presentations in class, oral and written homework, weekly journals, quizzes, tests, midterm and final exam. No bonuses or extra credit may be given for extracurricular events. Graduates are held to a higher standard than undergraduates.
Grading based on:
- Active participation in class (40%)
- Homework, presentations, Portfolio (20%)
- Quizzes, tests (20%)
- Final test (20%)
Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.
- Auditing: The Department of Central Eurasian Studies does not allow auditing of language courses. Any inquiries must be addressed to CEUS Chair directly.
- Enrollment: Students enrolled in CEUS language courses obtain a grade at the end of each semester. The Department does not offer pass/fail options.
- Incompletes are not given in CEUS language courses. Any inquiries must be addressed to CEUS Chair directly.
- If you are a native speaker of a language or you are a citizen of a country where the language is commonly spoken, or you graduated from a high school in that country, Indiana University and departmental policy may (or may not) prohibit you from enrollment in this language class. Please direct all related questions to the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Goodbody Hall 157, 855-2233, or firstname.lastname@example.org