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 (polish lessons) 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, 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 (polish lessons) 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 course we use everyday vocabulary and practice real-life situations and appropriate language responses. Our exercises (polish lessons) comprise sample language structures in a way that makes them reflect general grammatical structures.
The fact of Poland joining the EU has increased the number of opportunities and possibilities between Poland and Western Europe, which can be most vividly observed in politics and business. We have decided to meet the new needs by preparing a special offer for all those who want to learn Polish as quickly as possible for occupational reasons: translators and interpreters, lawyers, journalists and business people, etc.
There are different reasons why foreigners come to Poland and decide to learn the language and therefore they have different expectations as to language courses. Those for whom Polish is to serve as a tool at work are ready to put a lot of effort into learning a language. In return they expect that their efforts will be directed towards a clear objective and that the effects will be quickly visible. Therefore we have developed a special method of teaching Polish. While organising and conducting Polish language courses we have noticed a growing demand for highly intensive language courses for strongly-motivated learners. People with high motivation seldom benefit from ‘vacation package’ courses (polish lessons).
Our offer (polish lessons) is aimed at people who want to use Polish in their professional work. Through our services we teach course participants the very rudiments of the Polish language, present its specific character and prepare them for further linguistic development. In addition, we support our students by offering online consultations.
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