ULPL51010 - LEAP Polish 1

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Polish before.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your 
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Polish language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It aims to introduce students to the Polish alphabet, the basic language structure, and the basics of Polish grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct a basic conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Polish;
  • understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of Polish life and culture.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and teamwork, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Justyna Drobnik-Rogers

Maximum entry

20

Set texts

Iwona Stempek, Anna Stelmach, Sylwia Dawidek, Aneta Szymkiewicz, Krok po kroku. Polski. Seria podręczników do nauki języka polskiego dla obcokrajowców. Poziom A1/ A2, Kraków 2013, ISBN: 978-83-930731-0-8.

Recommended texts

Basic Polish. A Grammar and Workbook by Dana Bielec, Routledge 2008, ISBN-10: 0415224373; ISBN-13: 978-0415224376

Pathway

ULPL51020 LEAP Polish 2

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.