Intermediate Polish II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: POL 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Polish II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Polish 201 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues Polish 201. Content includes expanding knowledge of Polish grammar and culture through practice in reading, writing and speaking the language.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Polish, making spontaneous use of 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 complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To 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

1-2 12 Enter or exit?
  1. Communicating situations
    Asking for directions, expressing dissatisfaction, discouragement, discussion, complains
  2. Vocabulary
    Gas station, means of transportation, traffic
  3. Grammar
    Verbs of motion
  4. Cultural writing
    Traveling in Poland by train, bus and car
    Henryk Sienkiewicz
3-4 13 From whom the bell tolls?
  1. Communicating situations
    Speaking about life problems
  2. Vocabulary
    Random event, interpersonal relations, volunteering
  3. Grammar
    Dative singular and plural
  4. Cultural writing
    Kilar – film music composer (Dracula, God Father)
4-5 14 All Soul’s Day
  1. Communicating situations
    Covering events, talking about traditions and historical facts
  2. Vocabulary
    Polish traditions associated with All Soul’s Day, Polish history after WWII, knowledge about Poland
  3. Grammar
    Pronoun: się, siebie;
    Reviewing: personal pronouns, prepositions
  4. Cultural writing
    Funeral customs in Poland;
    Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz
Test 1
6-7 15 Happy Holiday!
  1. Communicating situations
    Talking about traditions and customs of Christmas
  2. Vocabulary
    holiday traditions
  3. Grammar
    Imperative, impersonal forms
    Review: dates
  4. Cultural writing
    Christmas and Easter customs of Polish highlanders;
    National or religious holiday;
    Szopka competition - a Christmas tradition originating from Kraków
7-8 16 Adventure, experiences, memories.
  1. Communicating situations
    Describing situations, expressing temporal relations
  2. Vocabulary
    Peripeteias, adventures, expressing time
  3. Grammar
    Summary of prepositions
  4. Cultural writing
    Discover Kraków, Gdańsk or Zakopane;
    Polish travelers and explorers – Bronisław Malinowski, Stanisław Strzelecki
9-10 17 A few words about history.
  1. Communicating situations
    Talking about past, covering events
  2. Vocabulary
    Knowledge about Poland, Policy and society
  3. Grammar
    Aspect of verb, aspect of verb in imperative mode
  4. Cultural writing
    Norman Davies and his impact to dissemination of Polish history;
    Jan III Sobieski the Polish king
Test 2
11 18 Animal Kingdom.
  1. Communicating situations
    Talking about future
  2. Vocabulary
    Animals, idioms associated to animals
  3. Grammar
    Declination of noun zwierzę and similar
    Review: numbers, dates
  4. Cultural writing
    Białowieża – a home of żubr;
    Polish national parks;
    a legend of Polish eagle
12 19 Feeling green.
  1. Communicating situations
    Expressing indignation, hypothesis, assumption
  2. Vocabulary
    Agritourist, ecology, environmental protection
  3. Grammar
    Jeżeli…to , Conditional mood, conditionals
  4. Cultural writing
    New form of rest - agritourist;
    Mazury – a country of thousand lakes,
    Władysław Reymont
13-14 20 Description of The Pole-consumer.
  1. Communicating situations
    Shopping, complains, comparing, asking about opinion and expressing opinion
  2. Vocabulary
    Home goods, appliances, shopping centers and farmers markets
  3. Grammar
    Particle: byle, subordinate clauses
  4. Cultural writing
    Jarmark Dominikański in Gdańsk and Jarmark Jakubowy in Szczecin – markets with a soul;
    Piotrkowska street in Łódź – the longest market street;
    Małgorzata Adamczyk-Gutowska, Małgorzata Kalicińska and their tasty books
15 21 Art versus piracy.
  1. Communicating situations
    Discussing movies and art, expressing emotions, criticizing movies, quoting other’s opinions
  2. Vocabulary
    Theater, movie, emotions, media piracy
  3. Grammar
    Adjectival passive participle, the passive
  4. Cultural writing
    Polish Oscar winners,
    creators in Hollywood
16 22 Museum? Why not!
  1. Communicating situations
    Expressing admiration, recognition, critical opinion, discussing art
  2. Vocabulary
    Painting, photography, exhibitions, openings
  3. Grammar
    Nouns with –um ending
  4. Cultural writing
    Czartoryskis’ Museum and Leonardo da Vinci
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 be the methods of instruction.  Homework will consist of translations from English to Polish and Polish to English, exercises relating to the study of grammar, and essays and compositions on suitable subjects.  Students will be given appropriate topics for group discussion and speeches in Polish.  Polish short stories and poetry will be assigned for reading and discussion.  Occasional dictation in Polish will be given.  Polish newspapers and magazines will be examined in class for reading comprehension.  Polish radio programs will be assigned for regular listening.  Plans will be made to see a Polish film during the semester.  Students are to continue to listen to the language CDs of text material.
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.  Short compositions will be assigned periodically.  Dictation will be given occasionally.  Students are to listen to the laboratory audio CDs two hours per week to perfect their pronunciation.  Chapter tests and a final exam will be given, consisting of grammar, conversation, questions on the prose and poems discussed in class, and translations from English to Polish and Polish to English.

  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. Write one page critical writing assignments in the target language based on cultural topics (total for the semester 15 pages).
  5. 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.
  • Polish‑English and English‑Polish Dictionary, J. Stanislawski, 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

ComponentsMaximum points possible
1. Participation: 80
2. Preparation: 100
3. Lab Assignments 330
4. Exams 400
5. Cultural writing 295

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.