About Polish Preparatory School
The Polish Preparatory School program offers one-year or four-month non-credit courses. It focuses on the development of all language skills, such as speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing. Students learn Polish grammar, vocabulary and general language skills, indispensable at Polish universities and in daily life in Poland. Our courses are aligned with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Apart from language instruction, students have an opportunity to learn about Polish history and culture, including art, film, literature, and music. Classes take place in modern classrooms equipped with interactive tools, such as interactive whiteboards.
1 year (two semesters)
Entry Level: all levels
October 16, 2017 – June 15, 2018
4 months (one semester)
Entry Level: all levels
February 26 – June 15, 2018
Profile of Participant
The Polish Preparatory School program has been designed for students who wish to undertake studies with Polish as the main language of instruction and need to improve their Polish language competencies, before entering a university degree program. The courses are taught at all levels of proficiency, from A0 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students are placed in groups aligned with the level of their Polish competency, in order to ensure the best teaching approach and rapid skill development.
Program of Study
Participants of the Polish Preparatory School often begin the course at various levels of Polish competency. Therefore, the general objectives of the course include improvement of comprehension and communication skills, broadening of vocabulary as well as understanding of Polish culture and the specifics of studying in Poland. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of academic skills, such as listening to lectures, taking notes, and exam writing.
Both, one-semester and two-semester courses, aim to improve Polish competency skills required in various aspects of life. The two-semester course, provides students with more time to practice their language skills and become more fluent in Polish.During the course, students will practice communication skills and study vocabulary and grammar in the following contexts:
- Meeting new people, getting to know each other
Meeting and greeting people. Communicating with teachers and fellow students in the classroom. Introducing oneself, asking basic questions and giving simple answers. Learning Polish alphabet, spelling and pronunciation.
- Presenting oneself and others
Describing people, including external appearance and personality. Describing objects, including characteristics, such as colors, shape and size. Presenting oneself, asking questions and giving answers about motivation.
- My family
Talking about one's family and family relations. Extended vocabulary for describing human characteristics, such as external appearance, personality, and family ties.
- My hobbies and interests
Talking about and asking others about hobbies and interests. Expressing opinions and supporting one’s arguments. Answering questions pertaining to time. Learning to tell the time.
- Shopping and going out to a restaurant
Learning to communicate in a store, restaurant, and a café. Ordering food, getting information about specific dishes and products. Asking permission and expressing preferences. Phrases of politeness.
- A day in life
Describing plans for the day. Phrases pertaining to time and chronology (e.g. past, present, future). Making appointments, proposing time and place for a meeting, declining propositions of a meeting. Booking a taxi. Acquiring travel information about train stations, airports and hotels.
- How are you? How are you feeling?
Describing one’s feelings, state of mind and state of health. Booking doctor's appointments. Communication at the doctor’s and dentist’s office. Giving advice. Talking about the weather.
- How was your weekend? What did you do last weekend?
Talking about time (past tense). Narrating a story and a biography. Asking questions. Structure of written texts. Letter writing.
- What are your plans for the future?
Talking about time (future tense). Talking about plans for the future. Expressing wishes. Talking about New Year’s resolutions.
- How to get to….? Asking for directions
Asking and giving directions, describing location, working with a map. Phone conversations. Communication at a post-office.
- My wardrobe
Commenting on personal appearance. Expressing opinions. Giving and receiving complements. Expressing approval and disapproval. Communication at a hair salon. Writing complaint letters.
- My house / apartment
Desribing one’s house / apartment, room, and space. Describing spatial relations of objects. Describing location. Asking for information. Writing advertisements.
- Happy Holidays!
Formulating holiday greetings. Talking about holiday traditions and customs. Writing Christmas and Easter cards. Looking for information on the Internet. Making plans.
- My travels
Talking about travel plans. Expressing preferences and likes. Talking about spatial relations. Communication at the airport, a camp site, and a travel office.