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 Intermediate Semester 2 POLISH5024

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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 aims to extend students' existing knowledge of Polish acquired at Level 1, allowing them to develop their skills in understanding, reading, writing and speaking the language at intermediate level. This course dovetails with POLISH5020, 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).


4 hours weekly for 11 weeks at times to be arranged.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

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

Excluded Courses

Polish2001, Polish4008, Polish5006, Polish5020.




2-hour written examination (50%); 10-minute oral examination (25%); practical skills assessment comprising language exercise (25%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:

■ further consolidate students' existing knowledge of the target language already acquired at level 1;

■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at intermediate level, which is broadly equivalent to B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;

■ prepare students to use the target language with ease in everyday situations and professional environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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

■ speak and present ideas effectively in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using appropriate register, intonation, structures and idioms;

■ respond effectively to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the main and some advanced 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 an intermediate 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.