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Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
LEAP Polish 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code ULPL51010
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by ULC LEAP
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Polish language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the Polish alphabet, the basic language structure and the basics of Polish grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.


Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Polish before.

Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your 



Learning outcomes

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

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Polish;
  • understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of Polish life and culture.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.


Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Employability skills

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.

Assessment methods

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Recommended reading

Set texts

Iwona Stempek, Anna Stelmach, Sylwia Dawidek, Aneta Szymkiewicz, Krok po kroku. Polski. Seria podrczników do nauki jzyka polskiego dla obcokrajowców. Poziom A1/ A2, Kraków 2013, ISBN: 978-83-930731-0-8.

Recommended texts

Basic Polish. A Grammar and Workbook by Dana Bielec, Routledge 2008, ISBN-10: 0415224373; ISBN-13: 978-0415224376

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 69
Independent study hours
Independent study 140

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Orieb Masadeh-Tate Unit coordinator

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