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Polish Intensive Language Course Hannover-Poznan August/September 2014

Project background

The programme is part of a project by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, NMWK) to promote the learning of less spoken European languages. For a number of years, we have organised a four-week intensive language course project - including a trip to Poznan during the semester break- in conjunction with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH).

Participants and language ability

The course is available to students attending any university in Lower Saxony and is intended for beginners.

Course description

The Polish intensive language course includes a three-week intensive language course, as well as a one-week stay in Poland. The three-week intensive language course will take place 22.08.2016 - 09.09.2016 at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages (FSZ) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The one-week trip to Poznan will take place 10.09.2016 - 15.09.2016.

Participants who successfully fulfil the three-week blocks will be given the opportunity to extend their linguistic and cultural knowledge during the six-day trip to Poznan.

Language course in Hannover

The course consists of 6 hours of classes per day, 5 days a week. The program consists of communicatively oriented language lessons (4 hours of classes per day) combined with a module on cultural studies (2 hours of classes per day), aiming to increase knowledge on politics, economy and social life in Poland.

The communicative-oriented language teaching aims to teach the participants the basics of the Polish language at an intense, yet comfortable pace of learning. Within the four-week course participants should learn core vocabulary in Polish. Moreover, basic knowledge of phonetics, intonation and grammar are taught, as well as reading and listening comprehension.

Through communicative-oriented language training, participants are provided with as many opportunities as possible to experience typical linguistic situations and the appropriate reactions, whilst strengthening linguistic competence through dialogue. Furthermore, teaching will be project-oriented, aiming to prepare participants' practical language skills for their trip to Poland, as well as possible future studies or work placements. Participants will be assisted in identifying their specific needs, as well as practising the appropriate phrases (e.g. "how do I introduce myself?", "how do I order in a restaurant?", "what should I say when I want to enrol on a course?"). These are further put into practice during the stay in Poznan. Participants will be accompanied by teachers, who will also record their experiences in a short film diary, which the students will receive upon completion of the course.

Polish culture in Hannover

The module on Polish culture aims to provide participants with an in depth insight into the neighbouring country, its study, working and living conditions, and its culture. The module is divided into eight areas:

  • Poznan
  • Poland
  • Studying in Poland
  • Media
  • Polish literature
  • Polish music
  • The history of Poland
  • Intercultural training

In addition, the module on Polish culture utilises modern media such as E-learning. Participants are provided with references to important Polish websites that are available via E-learning at the FSZ for private study and can become familiar with the main cultural, political and scientific institutions, as well as their function and history. Participants can also practice pronunciation and listening comprehension through different forms of exercise - which are also available via E-learning.

Additional excursions and activities

Some activities or events in relation to the programme will take place during or after the afternoon class (15:30 onwards).

In order to better acquaint German students with Polish language, history and culture, here are a few of the events arranged by the FSZ:

  • Readings in German and Polish
  • Discourse on Polish film
  • Workshop on traditional Polish dance
  • Pronunciation workshop
  • Workshop on language and music
  • Event providing information on twinning and cooperation between Hannover and Poznan
  • Polish cooking

The pronunciation workshop will take place during the first weeks of the course, following the language and Polish culture class. Teachers will provide initial assistance. Participants will practice together in small groups with teaching staff, as well as individually.

Polish language assistants

Polish language assistants (Polish speakers studying at the Leibniz Universität Hannover) will provide participants with support during lessons, as well as accompanying them during additional excursions and activities in Hannover. Their presence aims to further reinforce both the communicative and cultural elements of the programme.

Course programme and free time in Poznan

The six-day trip to Poznan (12.09.2015 to 17.09.2015) aims firstly, to reinforce and expand acquired Polish language through communicative language training; and secondly, bring participants closer to Polish culture through meeting various people, groups and institutions. Some of the programme will be conducted in Polish; however students will receive the necessary linguistic preparation beforehand.

Amongst others, the following activities are planned:

  • A thematic tour of Poznan
  • Treasure hunt with Polish students from Poznan
  • A lecture on Poland's current economic situation in the context of other countries in the European Union
  • Visit to the publishing house of a daily newspaper
  • Visit to an art academy in Poznan
  • Polish-German tandem learning with Polish students
  • Visit to Solaris Bus & Coach - a Polish bus manufacturer - in Bolechowo, near Poznan.

Certificates

Participants' progress will be monitored regularly throughout the course via exercises and tests. The course in Hannover concludes with an exam. Students who achieve the necessary result will qualify for the trip to Poznan.

Please note, participation in the trip will only be funded by the project if the required result is achieved. Regular attendance alone does not entitle students to participate in the trip. However, students may participate in the trip at their own expense.

When financed by the student the total travel expenses amount to approximately 400 € (including train journey, accommodation in Poznan, public transport in Poznan, planned activities and meals).

Depending on performance, at the end of the course it may be possible to obtain a certificate at level A1 of the European Framework and 6 ECTS credits.

Participants who successfully pass the required course exam will receive a "certificates of performance" from the FSZ. Furthermore, an additional certificate will be issued, providing detailed information on the project, as well as a break-down of the student's performance.

Teaching staff

Ms mgr Elżbieta Wasserfurth-Grzybowska (language components) and mgr Agnieszka Foit (cultural components) will be teaching the course in Hannover Agnieszka Foit will accompany the group to Poznan. Participants will receive course materials at the beginning of the programme.

Finance

The course is funded by the NMWK.

Participants must contribute 100 € each for additional excursions and activities in Hannover and Poznan, as well as course materials. Apart from breakfast, participants must organise their own meals in Poznan.

A selection process is applied for the Polish intensive language course, in which successful applicants must confirm their participation within two weeks. During the two-week deadline the fee of 100 € must also be paid in full to the FSZ and proof of payment must be presented to the department secretary.

Any cancellations or course transfers before the confirmation deadline will incur an administration fee of 30 €. No refunds will be granted for cancellations or course transfers occurring after the confirmation deadline. In serious cases, where the participant is not responsible, a justified written request for course transfer may be granted by the FSZ.

Information on payment methods (bank account number, etc.) will be provided shortly.

Accommodation

All visiting students are entitled to a room in student accommodation free of charge for the duration of the course in Hannover. All participants will be provided with student accommodation free of charge whilst in Poznan. Accommodation both in Poznan and in Hannover will be arranged by the FSZ.

Application

Students from all universities in Lower Saxony may apply for the course. A selection process is applicable for the Polish intensive language course. Please complete the following form to apply. The section on the form explaining your motivation for taking the course is of particular importance.

Closing date for applications: 8.7.2015

>>>Apply here<<<

Following the selection process, successful applicants must confirm their place on the course and pay the fee of 100 € to the FSZ within a two-week deadline (for more information, read the section on 'finance').

Please note: project funding for the trip to Poland only applies if participants meet the desired performance requirements. Regular attendance alone does not entitle students to participate in the trip. However, students may participate in the trip at their own expense. In this case, the cost is approximately 400 €.

Frequently asked questions

I'm not a student at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, can I still take part in the course?

Yes. The course is available to students of all universities (excluding private institutions) in Lower Saxony.

Do I have to be a beginner to participate in the course?

In principle, the course is intended for complete beginners. If you already have some basic knowledge of the language, please describe this on the application form.

I won't be able to attend the trip to Poland. Can I still take part in the three-week intensive language course at the FSZ?

It will only be possible to attend the three-week intensive language course if an adequate and justified reason is given. In this case, less ECTS credits will be awarded (5 ECTS credits instead of 6).

I will be absent during the first week of the course, but I have basic knowledge in the language and would be able to work through the missed learning material independently. Is it still possible to take part in the entire course?

No. Please refer to the FSZ Handbook for Students (see 3.2 and 3.3)

I will be absent during the course and will miss a few hours/days. Will this be a problem?

Please refer to the FSZ Handbook for Students for information on this topic.

Project background

The programme is part of a project by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, NMWK) to promote the learning of less spoken European languages. For a number of years, we have organised a four-week intensive language course project - including a trip to Poznan during the semester break- in conjunction with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH).

Participants and language ability

The course is available to students attending any university in Lower Saxony and is intended for beginners.

Course description

The Polish intensive language course includes a three-week intensive language course, as well as a one-week stay in Poland. The three-week intensive language course will take place 22.08.2016 - 09.09.2016 at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages (FSZ) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The one-week trip to Poznan will take place 10.09.2016 - 15.09.2016.

Participants who successfully fulfil the three-week blocks will be given the opportunity to extend their linguistic and cultural knowledge during the six-day trip to Poznan.

Language course in Hannover

The course consists of 6 hours of classes per day, 5 days a week. The program consists of communicatively oriented language lessons (4 hours of classes per day) combined with a module on cultural studies (2 hours of classes per day), aiming to increase knowledge on politics, economy and social life in Poland.

The communicative-oriented language teaching aims to teach the participants the basics of the Polish language at an intense, yet comfortable pace of learning. Within the four-week course participants should learn core vocabulary in Polish. Moreover, basic knowledge of phonetics, intonation and grammar are taught, as well as reading and listening comprehension.

Through communicative-oriented language training, participants are provided with as many opportunities as possible to experience typical linguistic situations and the appropriate reactions, whilst strengthening linguistic competence through dialogue. Furthermore, teaching will be project-oriented, aiming to prepare participants' practical language skills for their trip to Poland, as well as possible future studies or work placements. Participants will be assisted in identifying their specific needs, as well as practising the appropriate phrases (e.g. "how do I introduce myself?", "how do I order in a restaurant?", "what should I say when I want to enrol on a course?"). These are further put into practice during the stay in Poznan. Participants will be accompanied by teachers, who will also record their experiences in a short film diary, which the students will receive upon completion of the course.

Polish culture in Hannover

The module on Polish culture aims to provide participants with an in depth insight into the neighbouring country, its study, working and living conditions, and its culture. The module is divided into eight areas:

  • Poznan
  • Poland
  • Studying in Poland
  • Media
  • Polish literature
  • Polish music
  • The history of Poland
  • Intercultural training

In addition, the module on Polish culture utilises modern media such as E-learning. Participants are provided with references to important Polish websites that are available via E-learning at the FSZ for private study and can become familiar with the main cultural, political and scientific institutions, as well as their function and history. Participants can also practice pronunciation and listening comprehension through different forms of exercise - which are also available via E-learning.

Additional excursions and activities

Some activities or events in relation to the programme will take place during or after the afternoon class (15:30 onwards).

In order to better acquaint German students with Polish language, history and culture, here are a few of the events arranged by the FSZ:

  • Readings in German and Polish
  • Discourse on Polish film
  • Workshop on traditional Polish dance
  • Pronunciation workshop
  • Workshop on language and music
  • Event providing information on twinning and cooperation between Hannover and Poznan
  • Polish cooking

The pronunciation workshop will take place during the first weeks of the course, following the language and Polish culture class. Teachers will provide initial assistance. Participants will practice together in small groups with teaching staff, as well as individually.

Polish language assistants

Polish language assistants (Polish speakers studying at the Leibniz Universität Hannover) will provide participants with support during lessons, as well as accompanying them during additional excursions and activities in Hannover. Their presence aims to further reinforce both the communicative and cultural elements of the programme.

Course programme and free time in Poznan

The six-day trip to Poznan (12.09.2015 to 17.09.2015) aims firstly, to reinforce and expand acquired Polish language through communicative language training; and secondly, bring participants closer to Polish culture through meeting various people, groups and institutions. Some of the programme will be conducted in Polish; however students will receive the necessary linguistic preparation beforehand.

Amongst others, the following activities are planned:

  • A thematic tour of Poznan
  • Treasure hunt with Polish students from Poznan
  • A lecture on Poland's current economic situation in the context of other countries in the European Union
  • Visit to the publishing house of a daily newspaper
  • Visit to an art academy in Poznan
  • Polish-German tandem learning with Polish students
  • Visit to Solaris Bus & Coach - a Polish bus manufacturer - in Bolechowo, near Poznan.

Certificates

Participants' progress will be monitored regularly throughout the course via exercises and tests. The course in Hannover concludes with an exam. Students who achieve the necessary result will qualify for the trip to Poznan.

Please note, participation in the trip will only be funded by the project if the required result is achieved. Regular attendance alone does not entitle students to participate in the trip. However, students may participate in the trip at their own expense.

When financed by the student the total travel expenses amount to approximately 400 € (including train journey, accommodation in Poznan, public transport in Poznan, planned activities and meals).

Depending on performance, at the end of the course it may be possible to obtain a certificate at level A1 of the European Framework and 6 ECTS credits.

Participants who successfully pass the required course exam will receive a "certificates of performance" from the FSZ. Furthermore, an additional certificate will be issued, providing detailed information on the project, as well as a break-down of the student's performance.

Teaching staff

Ms mgr Elżbieta Wasserfurth-Grzybowska (language components) and mgr Agnieszka Foit (cultural components) will be teaching the course in Hannover Agnieszka Foit will accompany the group to Poznan. Participants will receive course materials at the beginning of the programme.

Finance

The course is funded by the NMWK.

Participants must contribute 100 € each for additional excursions and activities in Hannover and Poznan, as well as course materials. Apart from breakfast, participants must organise their own meals in Poznan.

A selection process is applied for the Polish intensive language course, in which successful applicants must confirm their participation within two weeks. During the two-week deadline the fee of 100 € must also be paid in full to the FSZ and proof of payment must be presented to the department secretary.

Any cancellations or course transfers before the confirmation deadline will incur an administration fee of 30 €. No refunds will be granted for cancellations or course transfers occurring after the confirmation deadline. In serious cases, where the participant is not responsible, a justified written request for course transfer may be granted by the FSZ.

Information on payment methods (bank account number, etc.) will be provided shortly.

Accommodation

All visiting students are entitled to a room in student accommodation free of charge for the duration of the course in Hannover. All participants will be provided with student accommodation free of charge whilst in Poznan. Accommodation both in Poznan and in Hannover will be arranged by the FSZ.

Application

Students from all universities in Lower Saxony may apply for the course. A selection process is applicable for the Polish intensive language course. Please complete the following form to apply. The section on the form explaining your motivation for taking the course is of particular importance.

Closing date for applications: 8.7.2015

>>>Apply here<<<

Following the selection process, successful applicants must confirm their place on the course and pay the fee of 100 € to the FSZ within a two-week deadline (for more information, read the section on 'finance').

Please note: project funding for the trip to Poland only applies if participants meet the desired performance requirements. Regular attendance alone does not entitle students to participate in the trip. However, students may participate in the trip at their own expense. In this case, the cost is approximately 400 €.

Frequently asked questions

I'm not a student at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, can I still take part in the course?

Yes. The course is available to students of all universities (excluding private institutions) in Lower Saxony.

Do I have to be a beginner to participate in the course?

In principle, the course is intended for complete beginners. If you already have some basic knowledge of the language, please describe this on the application form.

I won't be able to attend the trip to Poland. Can I still take part in the three-week intensive language course at the FSZ?

It will only be possible to attend the three-week intensive language course if an adequate and justified reason is given. In this case, less ECTS credits will be awarded (5 ECTS credits instead of 6).

I will be absent during the first week of the course, but I have basic knowledge in the language and would be able to work through the missed learning material independently. Is it still possible to take part in the entire course?

No. Please refer to the FSZ Handbook for Students (see 3.2 and 3.3)

I will be absent during the course and will miss a few hours/days. Will this be a problem?

Please refer to the FSZ Handbook for Students for information on this topic.

Why not Polish?

From the communicative point of view, following the eastern expansion three main language groups can be identified in the European Union: Romance, Germanic and Slavic. As an official language, Polish belongs to the group of countries with the most prevalent native languages ​​in the European Union. Another reason to learn more about our direct neighbours, to improve language skills, at a comfortable pace.

During the semester and semester breaks, Polish language courses are available for students at levels A1 to A2. In addition, Polish language skill can be improved through tandem learning. Students of all levels have the option to take part in a face-to-face tandem course with Polish students from the Leibniz Universität Hannover and a learning advisor; or an eTandem course with students from a university in Poznan.

Polish intensive language course: Hannover-Poznan / promoting the learning of less predominant European languages

The NMWK is heading a project promoting the learning of less predominant European languages. Since 2005, the FSZ has worked together with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts to facilitate the three-week Polish intensive language course and subsequent trip to Poznan in Poland. As a result, participants will have the opportunity to put their language skills into practise and further expand their cultural knowledge.
The language course is available to anyone studying at a university in Lower Saxony and is intended for beginners.
The courses are funded by the NMWK. However, participants must pay a fee of 120 €. Detailed information on available courses in 2017 and how to apply can be found on the FSZ website.

Exams

Polish as a foreign language certificates

Since 2004, the Polish Ministry for Science and Higher Education has adopted a certification system for Polish as a foreign language. Participants thus have the opportunity to take the state exam and obtain a state certificate. Information on the Polish as a foreign language state certificate can be obtained from:

Sekretariat Państwowej Komisji Poświadczania Znajomości Języka Polskiego jako Obcego
Biuro Uznawalności Wykształcenia i Wymiany Międzynarodowej

ul. Smolna 13

00-375 WARSZAWA

Tel. +48(22) 827 9410,

Fax: +48(22) 826 2823

www.buwiwm.edu.pl/certyfikacja

Email: certyfikacja@buwiwm.edu.pl

Course materials