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CODE 55871
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
PREREQUISITES
Propedeuticità in uscita
Questo insegnamento è propedeutico per gli insegnamenti:
  • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2024/2025)
  • POLISH LANGUAGE II 61295
  • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2024/2025)
  • POLISH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES 65242
  • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2023/2024)
  • POLISH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES 65242
  • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2023/2024)
  • POLISH LANGUAGE II 61295
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course aims to provide students with a linguistic and cultural preparation of a theoretical and pragmatic nature which, in relation to communication skills, reaches level A1.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is aimed at absolute beginners and aims to enable the rapid acquisition of the fundamental morphosyntactic, functional, lexical and pragmatic structures of the Polish language, as well as to develop the communicative competence in everyday life situations. The course aims at a linguistic preparation which, in relation to communicative competence, reaches the A1 level, in order to allow the student to understand and comunicate in situations that require a purely practical use of the language. The type of approach envisaged is the communicative one, with particular attention to the synchronic development of the four basic skills: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the student should acquire all the skills required by the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) at level A1. Students should be able to understand, produce and correctly translate simple sentences and compose texts in Polish on everyday topics (eg. autopresentation, description of the rhythm of the day, communication in a store or at the doctor's office). In addition, the student will achieve competency in soft skills like presentation skills, active listening, action orientation and group cooperation.

From a broader perspective, the course aims to develop the following overarching goals: 1) provide quality, equitable and inclusive education and learning opportunities for all; 2) achieve gender equality and empower all women; and 3) reduce inequality within and among nations.

PREREQUISITES

The course is mainly aimed at Italian and / or foreign students, absolute beginners of Polish, but it can also be intended for other students (eg Polish mother tongue). Study regulations permitting, the course can also be included in the Study Plan as a 3rd language (free choice or other activities) of 6 CFU.

TEACHING METHODS

Theoretical Module: 30 hours of theoretical lectures (I semester) - it is provided for students who choose the course for 9 credits
Lecture: 80 hours of language exercises (40 in the first semester and 40 in the second semester) - it is provided for students who choose the course for 6 or 9 credits.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is intended for beginners and presents the notions of descriptive grammar most useful at the initial stage of Polish language study, there including elements of phonetics, phonology, nominal (case, number, gender) and verbal (person, tense, aspect) morphological categories, as well as the basics of syntax.

The Lectureship (language practice) program is balanced between the study of new grammatical topics and the development of lexical and communicative competence. All new grammar topics are placed in the communicative context of the lecture. Due to the use of the communicative approach and the action-oriented approach from the very beginning of the course special attention is paid to interaction in the Polish language in the basic everyday life situations of the student. In addition, course participants will be asked to make small oral presentations and regularly write various texts whose themes correspond to the course program.

During the lectures of the Theoretical Module, Dr. Kowalcze will address in detail some topics of Polish descriptive grammar drawn from the Lectureship program. Specifically, we will focus on the following topics:

1) Polish in the family of Indo-European languages

2) Elements of phonetics and phonology: the main vowel and consonantal alternations

3) In the context of nominal inflection:

  •  the nominative singular and nominative plural non-masculine personal
  •  the accusative, the instrumental, the genitive and the locative: singular and plural

4) The pronouns: possessive (mój, moja, moje, etc.); demonstrative (ten/tamten, ta/tamta, to/tamto); personal (all cases)

5) In the area of verbal inflection:

  • the present tense (all conjugations)
  • the modal verbs: chcieć, móc, musieć
  • the verbs of motion: iść - chodzić, jechać - jeździć
  • the past tense of imperfective and perfective verbs
  • the future tense of imperfective verbs and modal verbs

6) numerals: cardinals from 0 to 100 and ordinal numerals

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • M.Foland-Kugler, Grammatica essenziale della lingua polacca, Warszawa 2006.
  • J. Machowska, Gramatyka? Dlaczego nie?, Universitas, Kraków 2010.
  • M. Małolepsza, A. Szymkiewicz, Hurra! Po polsku 1, Prolog, Kraków 2017.
  • L. Marinelli, A. Stryjecka, Il corso di lingua polacca, Hoepli, Milano 2018.
  • I. Stempek, A.Szymkiewicz, Polski krok po kroku 1, Glossa, Kraków 2008.

The main textbook will be communicated to students at the beginning of the course. Additional teaching material (grammar sheets, exercises, various texts, videos, songs, etc.) will be provided by the teacher during the lessons through the Aulaweb platform of the course.

LESSONS

LESSONS START

I semester (the first lesson will be on Tuesday, October 10, h 12-13.30, aula I, Polo didattico)

The timetable will be available on the university's Easyacademy. To confirm the timetable, please consult the personal page of prof. Karolina Kowalcze at the beginning of the first semester or contact her via email: karolina.kowalcze@unige.it

Class schedule

POLISH LANGUAGE I

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of a written test for the theoretical module (for the 9 CFU course only) and a written test and an oral test for language exercises. In each of the three exam sessions there is a written session and two oral exams.

The written test relating to the theoretical module consists of a short test on the theoretical and grammatical topics covered during the year.

The written test relating to language exercises consists of a dictation, a short composition in Polish, various listening exercises and a grammar test, organized in a series of different exercises, on the topics covered during the year. Passing the written test is a prerequisite for access to the oral test.

The oral exam relating to language exercises consists of a short conversation in Polish on the topics covered during the year and with the aim of verifying the grammatical and communicative skills acquired by students throughout the year.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

During the academic year there are 3-4 written intermediate tests ('in itinere') which aim to provide adequate preparation for the end-of-year test.

The final exam of the course is aimed at verifying the effective acquisition of the four language skills at the level required by the educational objectives of the course, as well as the metalinguistic and translation skills developed by the student during the lessons.

The final grade of the course is calculated on the basis of the average of the partial grades obtained: 1) from the intermediate 'in itinere' tests, 2) the written exam of the lectorate, 3) the oral exam of the lectorate, 4) the written exam of the theoretical module (for those taking the 9CFU course).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is strongly recommended.

Non-attending students can take the final exam of the course, but are invited to contact the teacher at the beginning of the academic year to agree on a possible program adapted to their training requirement and language skills in Polish.

Students who have been certified with special educational needs (DSA), such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, are invited to contact me, as well as to familiarise with the services (e.g. “ufficio disabilità  e DSA”) the University offers to support them.