Polish Intermediate 1 (MLT257)

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


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT158, RUS116, RUS124, RUS226, GCSE grade A, CEF A2
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester. See: Timetables & 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: MLT258

    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 B1- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • understand clear standard speech on familiar matters (work, school, leisure, etc.) or of basic radio or TV programmes on current affairs when the delivery is slow and clear
    • understand informative texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language, and the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters
    • deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken, and present and discuss a topic of personal interest or a book/film, briefly describing experience and events or giving reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
    • write simple connected text on topics with which they are familiar or of personal interest, possibly describing personal experiences and impressions
    • demonstrate a knowledge of main cultural and social trends and related behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to respond appropriately when interacting with native speakers in straightforward situations
    • demonstrate a practical understanding of main grammar terminology and an ability to study the language by themselves, assessing their immediate language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and identifying appropriate resources and techniques to achieve these goals
    • demonstrate solid competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information and opinions, 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