Beginning Polish II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: POL 102

       Course Name: Beginning Polish II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Polish 101 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues to develop the basic skills introduced in POL 101. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication within the context of the Polish culture.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Polish, making spontaneous use of new structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Polish culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Polish in everyday contexts through responding to increasingly complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on more complex selections.
  5. To use elements of additional grammar through longer listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write more complex sentences within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

1-2 11 Family
  1. Communicate situations
    Whose? How often? When?
  2. Vocabulary
    Family, parts of the day, expressing time – the use of the adverbs często … nigdy)
  3. Grammar
    Possessive pronouns
  4. Real materials
    SMS in Polish, annual horoscope
2-3 12 What do you do on Monday at 8pm?
  1. Communicate situations
    Inviting to take part in events, proposals
  2. Vocabulary
    Hours, days of the week
  3. Grammar
    Locative singular and plural of nouns, adjectives, and pronouns
  4. Real materials
    Map of Poland, map of city
3-4 13 I’m going on vacation
  1. Communicate situations
    In a trip, room reservation by phone
  2. Vocabulary
    Vacation, traveling, train station, airport
  3. Grammar
    Prepositions with different cases
  4. Real materials
    Post cards, room reservation by Internet
5-6 16 I’m looking for an apartment.
  1. Communicate situations
    Describing of apartment, renting of apartment
  2. Vocabulary
    Rooms in an apartment, furniture, renting an apartment
  3. Grammar
    Prepositions with different cases, Nominative and Accusative plural of masculine non-personal nouns and adjectives
  4. Real materials
    Article, letter to newspaper, commercials
6-7 17 I have a pain!
  1. Communicate situations
    Conversation about weather, appearance, an appointment to the doctor, giving advice
  2. Vocabulary
    Weather, seasons, parts of the body
  3. Grammar
    Forming adverbs from adjectives, structure: boli / bolą mnie
  4. Real materials
    Weather forecast
7-8 18 I was born in Poland.
  1. Communicate situations
    Describing of the past (process, fact)
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammar
    Past tense of perfective verbs, repeating of past tense of imperfective verbs
  4. Real materials
    Article from newspaper, biography notes
9-10 19 Is a sport healthy?
  1. Communicate situations
    Conversations about sport, asking for information by phone
  2. Vocabulary
    Branches of the sport, sportsman, and verbs connected with sport
  3. Grammar
    Forming nouns form verbs, expression - coś zajmuje mi…
  4. Real materials
    Survey, Polish sportsman
10-11 20 Do you like to study Polish?
  1. Communicate situations
    Conversation about studying
  2. Vocabulary
    Education, courses, trainings, memory
  3. Grammar
    Verbs connected to different cases
  4. Real materials
    Scholarship application, form of evaluation of competitions
11-12 21 Best wishes!
  1. Communicate situations
    Conversation about Easter customs in Poland and other countries, official and unofficial wishes
  2. Vocabulary
    Names of the holidays, Christmas and Easter vocabulary, wish-phrases
  3. Grammar
    Expression – życzę ci…
  4. Real materials
    Polish holidays’ traditions, article from newspaper
13-14 22 There is my card.
  1. Communicate situations
    Official speech, comparison of companies, asking for help your coworkers
  2. Vocabulary
    Structure of a company, office work, computers
  3. Grammar
    Declension of foreign names in Polish language
  4. Real materials
15-16 Review Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The lecture and class participation methods used in Polish 101 will be used in Polish 102.  Homework will be assigned on a regular basis and will be discussed in class.  Dictation in Polish will be given from time to time to check the students' comprehension of the language.  Drills at the board, reading dialogues from the text, and conversational practice will be part of the class participation.  Reading materials such as a Polish newspaper will be brought into class for reading comprehension.  Students are expected to listen to the language audio CDs of text material in the Language Lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Students are expected to prepare assignments so that they can participate in the class discussions.  Dictations will be given from time to time, as will informal oral testing.  Students are expected to listen to the laboratory audio CDs at least two hours per week.  Two exams will consist of vocabulary, translation from English to Polish and Polish to English, and grammar.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices.

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.


  • Textbook  – Iwona Stempek, Anna Stelmach, Sylwia Dawidek, Aneta Szymkiewicz: Polski, krok po kroku  A1/A2 (W/CD) , (Glossa),Latest Edition, Polonia Bookstore.
  • Workbook - Iwona Stempek, Małgorzata Grudzień: Polski, krok po kroku  A1/A2 – Zeszyt ćwiczeń (W/CD) , (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

ComponentsMaximum points possible
1. Participation: 125
2. Preparation: 125
3. Lab Assignments 285
4. Exams 550

Grading Scale:

1. A 1085-976
2. B 975-868
3. C 867-759
4. D 758-651
5. F 650 + 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.