Polish Beginner 1 (MLT157)

Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: No previous knowledge of the language.
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (see timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Anna Ferrarese
  • Module Leader: Dr Joanna Kowalska
  • Pathway: MLT158

    Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, this unit aims to provide a general foundation in the language and culture in order to cope with a range of predictable, everyday communicative situations encountered when interacting at a basic level, orally and in writing, with sympathetic native speakers during, for instance, a brief visit abroad.

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

    • perform at Level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment), and catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements
    • read and extract key information from short, simple texts and written documents (messages, notices, instructions, brochures, etc.)
    • interact in a simple way with a sympathetic native speaker in routine, predictable situations, requesting or providing fairly detailed factual information, and coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses by asking for repetition or clarification
    • write simple notes, messages and short personal letters or emails providing or requesting essential information
    • demonstrate an insight into very basic aspects of the culture and everyday life in areas where the language is spoken so as to respond appropriately when interacting with native speakers in simple situations.
    • demonstrate a practical understanding of essential grammar terminology and a basic ability to study the language by themselves, using essential tools such as the Word Wide Web or a dictionary and developing techniques for the acquisition and retention of new language
    •  demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, handling unexpected communicative situations, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently, etc.

    Set textbook

    Hurra¡! Po polsku: Student's Textbook Volume 1, M. Malolepsza; A. Szymkiewicz (Prolog Language School:2010), ISBN 978-836022924

    Recommended textbook

    Hurra!!! Po Polsku: Student's Workbook, Vol. 1 (Book & CD), M. Malolepsza; A. Szymkiewicz (Prolog Language School:2010), ISBN 978-8360229255

    Summative assessment (compulsory for credited students):

    • Independent Study Record: Online Blackboard submission by the Friday of Week 11. The final mark of the module is capped if the ISR is not submitted, submitted late, or unsatisfactorily completed.
    • Coursework (10%): The second piece of written homework done as part of the Formative Assessment.
    • Oral Examination (30%): In lab in Week 12.
    • Written Examination (60%):  1.5-hour assessment during the examination period including reading comprehension, grammar exercises and a piece of semi-guided writing in the target language.

    Formative assessment: Two pieces of set written homework.

    Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, all learners are encouraged to submit the formative assessment for individual correction and feedback during the semester.

    This module can be validated as part of the following schemes:

    • Undergraduate degree
    • MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
    • Higher Education Achievement Record
    • Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Information last updated: 9 July 2020