Intermediate Polish I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: POL 201

       Course Name: Intermediate Polish I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Polish 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues development of basic skills. Content includes general review and expansion of beginning grammar, along with conversation, vocabulary development, readings and writing exercises with focus on life in modern Poland.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Polish, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Polish culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Polish in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. Use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write 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

Week Lesson Title Exams
1-2 1 Let’s introduce yourself!
  1. Communicating situations
    Introducing yourself and others, expressing of preferences
  2. Vocabulary
    Personal characteristics, interests, marital status, appearance
  3. Grammar
    Instrumental case
2-3 2 Genitive is anywhere.
  1. Communicating situations
    Covering events, telling about family
  2. Vocabulary
    Disaster, biography
  3. Grammar
    Genitive case
4-5 3 Theatre of living pictures.
  1. Communicating situations
    Comparison, in the cinema
  2. Vocabulary
    Cinema, movie, summary of movie
  3. Grammar
    Prepositions static and dynamic, clauses of purpose
Test 1
6-7 4 Two, three, four.
  1. Communicating situations
    Constructing definition, description
  2. Vocabulary
    Names of nations, professions, sport
  3. Grammar
    Nominative plural of masculine personal and nonperson nouns: dwaj, trzej
8 5 How strange they are!
  1. Communicating situations
    Definition, expressing opinion
  2. Vocabulary
    Adjectives for describing people and their character
  3. Grammar
    Nominative plural of masculine personal adjectives, structure: ktoś, kto, który
8-9 6 Education.
  1. Communicating situations
    Talking about education
  2. Vocabulary
    Computer, Internet, education
  3. Grammar
    Verbal nouns
10-11 7 Work.
  1. Communicating situations
    Interview, discussion about work problems, writing an email
  2. Vocabulary
    Working, hiring, types of companies, CV
  3. Grammar
    Reviewing of material from previous chapters
Test 2
11-12 8 I know!
  1. Communicating situations
  2. Vocabulary
    Origin, family, idioms with word swój
  3. Grammar
    Accusative, pronoun swój
13-14 9 Don’t forget a passport!
  1. Communicating situations
    Warrants, prohibitions, commands,
  2. Vocabulary
    Traveling, language preparation, airport
  3. Grammar
    Imperative, non-conjugated verbs: trzeba, można, wart, należy, powinno się
14-15 10 I love you, Poland.
  1. Communicating situations
    Asking about information, sending information
  2. Vocabulary
    Tourist attractions in Poland, letters, emails, TXT messages
  3. Grammar
    Locative, Vocative singular and plural
16 11 Come in or come out.
  1. Communicating situations
    Covering events using motion verbs
  2. Vocabulary
    Moving, tourism, expressions and idioms with motion verbs
  3. Grammar
    Motion verbs
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and a variety of classroom activities.  Students are assigned segments of the text to prepare prior to class.  Oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, and role-playing are representative classroom activities.

Lectures and class participation will continue to be the methods of instruction.  Regular homework will be assigned and discussed in class.  Essays and compositions will be assigned periodically.  Dictation will be given to train the students in understanding and writing the language.  Occasionally, students will be assigned a subject for a short speech in Polish.  Short stories by well‑known contemporary Polish authors will be assigned for reading.  Polish newspapers and magazines will be brought to class for reading comprehension.
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 class discussions and give assigned presentations.  Written homework is to be submitted on the date stipulated by the instructor.  Essays and compositions will be assigned periodically.  Dictation will continue to be given from time to time.  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.  A test will be given at the completion of each chapter to insure that students have mastered the material.  A final comprehensive exam covering all material in the chapters will be given and will consist of translation from English to Polish and Polish to English, questions regarding short stories studied in the course, and grammar.

  1. Attend class regularly.
  2. Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
  3. Accompanying listening and written exercises in the online and workbook lab manual must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified by the instructor.
  4. Take the quizzes and the exams.  They will include a mix of listening, reading, writing, and speaking elements.
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: Krok po kroku. Polski 2 – Podręcznik studenta, Glossa, Kraków, Latest Edition.
  • Workbook  – Iwona Stempek, Anna Stelmach: Krok po kroku. Polski 2 – Zeszyt ćwiczeń, Glossa, Kraków, 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 the language learning software “Transparent Language” for Polish. The video 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
1. Participation: 125
2. Preparation: 200
3. Lab Assignments 330
4. Exams 550

Grading Scale:

1. A 1205-1084
2. B 1083-964
3. C 963-843
4. D 842-723
5. F 722 and below

Final grade is based on quizzes, lab manual assignments, and exams.  In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

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.

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.