Free foreign language courses

Each summer term the Faculty of Philology runs free courses of English, German, Italian, French and Russian, as well as a Serbian for foreigners course. These courses last three months, from late February or early March to the end of May, with classes held twice a week.

The courses are taught by senior students of the respective departments of the Faculty of Philology, as part of the project of foreign language teaching practicums. While teaching the courses, students, or teacher-trainees, meet the practicum requirement and gain the valuable experience they will need as in-service teachers. They prepare and conduct classes, and throughout the process they are supervised by the professors and teaching assistants in charge of the practicums.

Prospective course participants register in January. In February, the teachers and teacher-trainees test those who registered for the courses and prepare for the classes. Based on candidates’ entrance test results and language proficiency, they are grouped according to level, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages division into levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Each group has between 10 and 15 participants at the most, who are taught using the newest teaching methods.

Upon the completion of the courses, the participants are tested and the successful candidates issued a course completion certificate by the Faculty, confirming they attended the course and passed the exam. The courses are offered to students, faculty and other personnel of the University of Banja Luka.

Commercial foreign language courses

Each winter term the Faculty of Philology runs commercial courses of English, German, Italian, French and Russian. The courses last four months, from mid-October to mid-February, with 90-minute classes held twice per week.

The courses are taught by senior modern language undergraduates or graduates, who proved particularly dedicated and enthusiastic in the practicum the previous term, while teaching the free foreign language courses offered by the Faculty of Philology.

Prospective course participants register in September. In the first half of October, their English level is tested, and the teachers also prepare for the classes. Based on candidates’ entrance test results and language proficiency, they are grouped according to level, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages division into levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Each group has between 8 and 10 participants maximum, who are taught using the newest teaching methods.

Upon the completion of the courses, the participants are tested and the successful candidates issued a course completion certificate by the Faculty, confirming they attended the course and passed the exam.

The courses are offered to students, faculty and other personnel of the University of Banja Luka, as well as friends of the University. The monthly cost of the course is BAM 30.