Beginning Polish I
I. Course Prefix/Number: POL 101
Course Name: Beginning Polish I
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course develops basic language skills, within the context of the Polish culture. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To actively communicate in Polish, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
- To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Polish culture through written and aural class work.
- To demonstrate spoken Polish in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
- To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
- To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
- To write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|2-3||1||What is your name?
|3-4||2||I have a question. What is this?
|5-6||3||Who are you?
|6-7||4||Do you have a brother?
|7-8||5||What do you like to do?
|10-11||7||Usually, I don’t do anything.
VII. Methods of Instruction
It will be a combination of lecture and class participation. Material for each class session will be covered in a lecture followed by a question and answer period. Students will engage in discussion of the homework assignment required for the day. This will involve written drills at the board. There will also be a reading of the text from the lesson, vocabulary building, and conversational practice. From time to time slides of Poland will be shown, and a Polish newspaper and simple printed materials will be brought in to read. Students are expected to listen to CDs of text material to develop their listening ability.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students are expected to prepare assignments so that they can participate in the class discussions. Written homework is to be submitted on the date stipulated by the instructor. Dictation will be given from time to time to sharpen the students' skills of writing and comprehension in the language. Students are to listen to the laboratory audio CDs two hours per week and prepare the accompanying laboratory exercises to be submitted at the specified time. Tests will be given to insure that students have mastered the material. A final comprehensive exam covering all material in the chapters will be given. The exam will consist of vocabulary, translating from English to Polish and Polish to English, grammar, and dictation.
IX. Instructional Materials
- Textbook – Stempek, Iwona, Stelmach, Anna, Dawidek, Sylwia, Szymkiewicz, Aneta: Polski, krok po kroku A1/A2 (W/CD) , Polish-courses.com (Glossa),Latest Edition, Polonia Bookstore.
- Workbook - Iwona Stempek, Małgorzata Grudzień: Polski, krok po kroku A1/A2 – Zeszyt ćwiczeń (W/CD) , Polish-courses.com (Glossa) , Latest Edition, Polonia Bookstore.
- Dana Bielec: Basic Polish, A Grammar and Workbook, Routledge, Latest Edition.
- Janecki, Klara: 301 Polish verbs, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Latest Edition.
- Kurzowa, Zofia: Ilustrowany słownik podstawowy języka polskiego wraz z indeksem pojęciowym wyrazów i ich znaczeń, Universitas, Kraków, Latest Edition.
The language labs also have a CD “Beginners Polish” and language learning software “Transparent Language” for Polish. The videotapes for this course will be seen in class. They are also available for viewing only in the language lab.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|Components||Maximum points possible|
|5.||F||800 and below|
Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
In this course at least one speaking exam is required.
XI. Other Course Information
In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.
Heritage speakers may not take this class.
Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.