Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Frane Karabatic


Frane Karabatic



Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Russian language pedagogy; language teaching methodology; creating language instructional materials; second language acquisition; Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian cinema; masculinity in the twentieth-century Russian literature.


Frane is a lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian studies and teaches primarily courses related to Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Russian language. He is also working on finishing his PhD studies at the University of Kansas focusing on second language acquisition. He holds an MA in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas, and an MA in Croatian and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Split, Croatia. His secondary research focuses on masculinity in the twentieth-century Russian literature. He has been teaching B/C/S as a second language since 2009. In the past, together with B/C/S, he has been also teaching all levels of Italian and elementary Russian. In addition to teaching at the University of Texas, Frane has significant experience working as an interpreter and in teaching courses at the University of Kansas, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Besides language classes, he has also taught South Slavic Literature and Civilization; The Peoples and Cultures of South-Eastern Europe through Film; Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe; Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe; Cinema in Communist and Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe; The Vampire in Literature, Film, and Television. 


RUS 406 • First-Year Russian I

43305 • Spring 2020
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to Russian 406! This is the first of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

This introductory Russian language course will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.


The pace of Russian 406 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates for various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian.

Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines, and shopping hot-spots.



o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones (do a sound check before submitting your recorded activities)

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

S C 507 • First-Year Bos/Croat/Serb II

43415 • Spring 2020
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM CBA 4.336

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S C 506 • First-Year Bos/Croat/Serb I

43125 • Fall 2019
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM CMA 3.108

This course serves as the introduction to the major languages (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) of the former Yugoslavia.  While the instructor will use Croatian as the language of instruction, use of other language variants will also be promoted, in order to provide historical and cultural insights into the ethnic mix of the area and thus, the students, both new to these languages and the heritage speakers can use the language variant of their choice.

Students will develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by working in the fields of culture, grammar, lexicon, communicative skills, and linguistic norms.  The students will be able to recognize common knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral patterns of the region, and to utilize such cultural norms. 

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