Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Polish for Social Scientists Beginners Semester 2 POLISH5023

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the grammar and syntax of the target language, helps them acquire an initial foundation vocabulary and build on it and enables them to use the language in comprehension, speaking and writing. This course dovetails with POLISH5019, and is specifically designed for students who complete the equivalent first semester at our partner university and is only open to students on IntM Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (R707-5323).


Please see timetable information for Polish 1 POLISH1001

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Acceptance on IntM Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (R707-5323).

Recommended Entry Requirements

Equivalent of 20 credits in beginners' Polish at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Excluded Courses

Polish1001, Polish4007, Polish5005, Polish5019.




The summative assessment will consist of a 2-hour written paper, (worth 50%), a 10-minute oral examination (worth 25%) and a practical skills assessment comprising language exercises (worth 25%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:

■ introduce students to the target language and prepare them to move directly into level 2;

■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at beginners level;

■ ensure students can use the target language effectively at levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and that towards the end of the academic year students are able to understand and produce material at B1 level of the Framework;

■ help prepare students to use the target language in everyday situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate beginner-level texts of a variety of styles in the target language;

■ speak effectively in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using all the basic structures, idiom, and vocabulary correctly;

■ respond effectively to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the basic grammatical structures of the target language accurately and appropriately;

■ produce texts written in the target language that show an active command of vocabulary, grammar and idiom at beginners level reflecting the work contained in the course materials.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.