A Few Useful Suggestions
Try to do some Croatian every day, even if it is only half an hour. Remember that learning the language is a process of acquiring a skill, rather like learning to swim, and progress can be made only if the learner practices. Knowing in theory what to do with one’s arms and legs is not the same as being able to swim, and the same applies to languages. Knowing the rules will certainly help you understand, speak and write the language, but practice will make you fluent and confident. It is worth remembering that, with a bit of ingenuity, it should be possible to listen to your CD regularly while you are engaged in other necessary activities, i.e. housework, gardening, long car trips, etc.
I suggest you use the following procedure for studying each lesson. First, listen to the dialogue at least two or three times, trying to understand what it is about, in general at first and later in detail. Next, check in the vocabulary and grammar section whether your understanding of the content is correct.
When you feel you understand the text, listen to it again, this time paying attention to the pronunciation. Try to mouth the words and sentences, silently at first. Listen to the text again, this time repeating loudly after the recorded voices.
The on-campus session will be held at Macquarie University one Saturday (exact date to be announced shortly), (Building W6A Room 104) 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. You are urged to attend if at all possible. The on-campus session will provide a lecture on grammar, conversation, tutorials and reading exercises. There will be drills on grammar and vocabulary as covered in the course textbook.
The on-campus session is not compulsory but it is strongly recommended.
TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
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Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.
For students attending classes on campus we strongly encourage that you bring along your own laptop computer, ready to work with activities in your online unit. The preferred operating system is Windows 10.
Students are required to access the online unit in iLearn by the end of Week 1 and follow any relevant instructions and links for downloads that may be required. If applicable, students are required to download the relevant language package prior to Week 2.
Please contact your course convenor before the end of Week 1 if you do not have a suitable laptop (or tablet) for in-class use.