Monday, January 20, 2014

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners

HALINA'S LEARNING, TEACHING AND MUCH MORE....: The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners:,131.dhtml The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners was established in 1985 by Ministry of Edu...

The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners,131.dhtml

The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners was established in 1985 by Ministry of Education and the Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology. Students from all over the world study here. Several thousand students have completed courses in Polish, at a variety of levels, and enrolled at diverse universities, in order to study areas such as electronics, medicine, law, economy and political science – at undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.
The fees for one-year course: €2,000 plus €200 admission fee. Students of Polish ancestry are entitled to a 30% reduction. 
The Department of Polish Language for Foreigners at Wroclaw University of Technology is the only institution in Wroclaw which issues certificates entitling its graduates to enroll at any university in Poland.

The teachers are highly qualified. We established methods of teaching Polish as a foreign language are tailored to students’ individual needs.

The learning takes place in a beautifully-located, modern building, equipped with language and computer laboratories, library and multimedia library.

Since 1990 we have organized National Polish Language Competitions for International Students.

Courses offered by the Polish Language Centre for Foreigners:
  • The Polish language course
  • The Polish language summer course
  • The humanistic disciplines

  • Polish Culture and History - 30h

    This course is an introduction to central issues in Polish history and culture. Poles in their past  lived under no less than seven different regimes. Our emphasis in the course will be on the dialectic of continuity and change that this political history has impressed on Polish culture and society.
    Contemporary Poland cultural and historical settings are discussed. The subjects connected with Wrocław are included. Wrocław is a city that can be seen as a metaphor of Central Europe, Europe, or even our globalizing world as a whole. The course of Wrocław history reflects the course of the Polish history and culture.
    1. Introduction – general information. Contemporary Poland.
    2. Wrocław – a city of meeting, a city that unites, traditions of the West and the East. The role Wrocław has played in Europe, has been primary determined by its location.
    3. Polish society and everyday life in Poland. The Polish – myths, stereotypes and paradoxes.
    4. History of Poland – from the down to the present day.
    5. The Third Republic of Poland – collapse of the communist regime. Solidarność.
    6. The society and its environment – social order, ethnics groups, economy.
    7. Education and culture. Polish tradition and customs.
    8. Government and politics.
    9. Poland ant its neighbors.
    10. Health and welfare. 
    11. Environment and pollution.
    12. Foreign relations and Poles abroad. 
    13. 20th century – I and II World War and Poland under Communist rule.
    14. The Solidarity movement, with its charismatic leader Lech Wałęsa
    15. Poland after 1989 to 2010: remarkable people of Polish public life.
    Basic literature:
    1. Bubczyk R., A History of Poland in Outline, UMCS, Lublin 2006.
    2. Suchodolski  Bogdan, A History of Polish Culture, Interpress, Warsaw 1986.
    3. Wrobel P., Historical dictionary of Poland : 1945-1996, Greenwood Press, 1998.
    Additional literature:
    1. Ash, Timothy Garton. The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89  Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague. New York: Random House, 1990.
    2. Banaszkiewicz-Zygmunt E., Olendzki, Krzysztof , Poland: An Encyclopedic Guide, Polish Scientific Publishers PWN, Warsaw 2000.
    3. Biskupski, Mieczyslaw B.,The history of Poland,  Greenwood Press, 2000.
    4. Brzozowska-Krajka, Anna, Polish traditional folklore : the magic of time , East European Monographs, 1998.
    5. Davies N., Heart of Europe: A Short History of Poland. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1986.
    6. Davies N., Roger Moorhouse, Microcosm: A Portrait of a Central European City, Pimlico edition, London 2003.
    7. Lukowski J., Hubert Zawadzki,  A Concise History of Poland, Cambridge University Press  2006.­
    8. Zamoyski, Adam, The Polish way : a thousand-year history of the Poles and their culture, F. Watts, 1988.
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