The Polish language seems to be chaotic to many people who come into contact with it for the first time. It is easy to lose your initial enthusiasm when you try to learn all the endings and alterations in Polish words. We think that the impression of chaos results from the fact that teachers of Polish do not take into consideration its specific character. The communicative approach, which is effectively used in teaching western European languages, requires considerable modification in order to become useful for learners of Polish. Grammatical structures are essential for effective communication in all languages, but in Polish the connection between grammar and meaning is particularly important because it determines the form of the word to a larger extent than in western European languages. The position of a word in a Polish sentence does not play an important role and there are no articles, as in English. Words themselves contain the grammatical function, so if you are not able to use an appropriate grammatical rule communication can be disturbed or even made ineffective. The knowledge of the basic forms of words given in a Polish dictionary is not sufficient to make comprehensible sentences: Polish word endings change both the form of the word and their function in the sentence. In this situation various teaching methods can be used.
For example (polish course), particular language structures can be practised in situational contexts. It is true that such a method brings a lot of satisfaction to students as it enables them to learn voca-bulary quickly (already in the correct grammatical form) and communicate successfully at, say, a bank or at a restaurant. However, single samples of a language learnt only for their communicative purpose do not give the full picture of the Polish language system. This can evoke an impression of chaos and, what is more important, will not let students use the language in a creative way.
Our method is an attempt to overcome the shortcomings of the above approach. However, our objective is not to teach only Polish grammar. We teach language as a tool for effective communication. That is why our method should not be thought of as entirely opposite to the communicative approach. For during the polish course we use everyday vocabulary and practice real-life situations and appropriate language responses. Our exercises comprise sample language structures in a way that makes them reflect general grammatical structures.
Polish For Beginners
The Polish course for beginners extends over a week (Monday to Friday), with 25 hours of Polish in a small group, or on an individual basis. You will be learning the rules of Polish pronunciation, the foundations of Polish grammar and up to 400 words, which will be practised through reading, listening and conversation. Although the course is intensive, the atmosphere is relaxed and the pace is dictated by the students – we do not rush over things.
Polish for Post-beginners
This Polish course for post- beginners is designed for those who have either completed our Beginners week, or have previous experience in learning Polish from other sources. The course offers a revision of the basic grammar (covered in the Beginners course), and introduces further aspects of the Polish declension, use of the verb “to go” and the past tense. Vocabulary (up to 400 words) covers time (clock, dates etc.), travelling and transport. You will have an opportunity to speak Polish in a small group and ask questions about grammar or phrases which are relevant to you. Monday to Friday course (25 teaching hours)
This is a 5 day Polish course (25 teaching hours) for intermediate students who have completed the Beginners and Postbeginners weeks, or have learned Polish up to a similar level from other sources. You will study and revise the cases of the noun, the use of the verb in all tenses and use the adjectives, adverbs and prepositions. We will read and discuss Polish texts covering vocabulary on health, holidays, talking about an event in the past. Conversation is at the heart of this course and students are encouraged to use all the Polish they already know and to practise the new grammar and vocabulary.
Polish Conversation Weekend
This Polish conversation course runs through Saturday and Sunday (10 hours of tuition) and focuses on speaking Polish. The group of students consists of those who completed all three previous levels or have equivalent knowledge of Polish and wish to practise their speaking. We read and develop a discussion around current issues, often based on Polish newspaper articles. You will use role-play to prepare yourself to deal with particular situations in Poland (e.g. lost luggage, complaint about a hotel room, etc.). This course offers a very enjoyable way to improve your conversational skills in Polish. If students raise grammar issues, these are explained, but the course is mainly about conversation.