The course focuses on building the awareness of the production and perception of Polish sounds to enable more effective learning of the language.
The course was created as part of the project "MOOC@PB-Nowoczesne technologie w procesie kształcenia"; agreement ID POWR.03.01.00-00-W040/18-00.
This is not a standard language course, e.g. you will not learn any Polish words in it, for a simple reason that it is all conducted in English, and will include very few words of Polish. You will, however, gain an opportunity to start (or continue) learning Polish equipped with the essential skill to any foreign language learner: the ability to hear and produce the sounds the language.
Linguistic research shows that one of the main difficulties that learners face when taking up a foreign language is the inability to hear and produce some of its sounds which blocks later development of both passive (listening) and active (speaking) skills. The course is designed to address this problem.
Main aim: to enable you to learn Polish as a foreign language more effectively through enhancing your perception and production of Polish sounds;
After completing this course you will:
Module 1: Making speech sounds (about 4 hours)
Module 2: Making Polish sounds (vowels) (about 5 hours)
Module 3: Making Polish noises (consonants) (about 6 hours)
Revising (final test)
Course materials consist of instruction videos and animations, followed by exercises which are designed as a practical self-study tool and progress tasks which check what you have learnt.
Individual learning outcomes are checked on an ongoing basis with a short 1-3 test tasks carried out after each lesson; the course ends with a final test encompassing the whole covered material. You need to score over 51% to pass the course.
This course takes you three weeks to complete. You are expected to spend 4-6 hours a week working through the course material.
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Course instructor: Michał Citko is a teacher of Polish as a foreign language with over 5 years of teaching experience employed in the Foreign Language Center of the Bialystok University of Technology. He is also a PhD student of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Bialystok currently working on a PhD thesis devoted to the subject of sound awareness in the learning of Polish as a foreign language. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course design and implementation: Tomasz Nosal
Animations and video production: Jarosław Kuptel, Daniel Dochód
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