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Winter and Summer Semesters, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits

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Winter and Summer Semesters, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: Cambridge FCE level language.

TEACHERS: Polish and foreign staff.

FORMAT: oral class work.

CONTENT: authentic recordings (cassettes, video) of varied nature: interviews, lectures, news, telephone conversations, spontaneous discussions of native speakers; activities designed to bridge the gap between receptive listening skills and productive speaking abilities; topics include: news of the day, education, transport, sport and leisure, environment; techniques include: predicting, chart-completing, cloze-type filling in, jumbled information, pair and group work, work on vocabulary, collocations, idioms.


· C. Robinson, H. Parker, Themes for Listening and Speaking, OUP

· S. O’Connell, Listening and Speaking, CUP

· L. Jones, Cambridge Advanced English, CUP (or any other CAE level course book)

· L. Soars, J. Soars, Headway Advanced, OUP

· M. McCarthy, F. O’Dell, English Vocabulary in Use, CUP

· Eurostep ‘Themes’ (Educational Satellite TV)

OBJECTIVES: providing the students with the ability to understand numerous varieties of spoken English; bridging the gap between ‘classroom English’ and authentic English; developing the students’ listening skills (listening for gist, listening for specific information, note-taking, identifying different accents, etc.); expanding the students’ vocabulary.

ASSESSMENT: active class participation, 3 quizzes on BBC news comprehension and 3 vocabulary quizzes each semester, final listening comprehension test after each semester; material included in the final examination in Practical English after the first year.


First Year


Winter and Summer Semesters, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: First Certificate (FCE)-level language.

TEACHERS: Polish staff.

FORMAT: lab work.

CONTENT: Winter semester: vocalic elements. Summer semester: consonantal elements, syllables, word stress.


  1. B. Bowler, S. Cunningham, Headway Intermediate Pronunciation

  2. P. Roach, English Phonetics and Phonology

  3. A. Baker, Ship or Sheep

  4. J.L.M. Trim, English Pronunciation Illustrated

OBJECTIVES: Winter semester: providing students with the system of sounds within one chosen variety of English, i.e., RP; practical implementation of this system in various contexts; phonetic transcription of RP, taught in a prescriptive way; general progress in articulation.

Summer semester: providing students with further practice of the sound system within RP, with special attention paid to the consonantal system, syllables and word stress; further work on phonetic transcription of RP, prescriptive and descriptive; general progress in articulation at the word level.

ASSESSMENT: Winter semester: class participation; 6 individual transcriptions; 6 class transcriptions and dictations; two individual recordings evaluated.

Summer semester: class participation; 6 individual transcriptions; 6 class transcriptions and dictations; one individual recording evaluated.


First Year

Practical Grammar 1

Winter and Summer Semesters, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: First Certificate language skills.

TEACHERS: Polish staff.

FORMAT: Class work, written & oral practice.

CONTENTS: English grammar at the level of a simple sentence. The use of tenses. Modal and auxiliary verbs. Nouns. Articles. Adjectives and Adverbs. Prepositions. Pronouns. Numerals.


  1. L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar Practice, Longman.

  2. F.B. Bywater, A Proficiency Course in English, Arnold.

  3. B.D. Graver, Advanced English Practice, Oxford University Press.

  4. E. Mańczak-Wohlfeld, et al., A Practical Grammar of English, PWN Warszawa.

  5. R. Murphy, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press

  6. M. Swan, Practical English Usage, Oxford University Press.

OBJECTIVES: To familiarise students with major aspects of English grammar and usage at the level of a simple sentence (the use of tenses, modal and auxiliary verbs, nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns).To level out the differences in individual students’ mastery of English grammar.

ASSESSMENT: Class participation, written progress tests, written final examination.

Second Year


Second Year

English Novel to the 20th Century

Winter Semester, 1hr of lecture, 2x2hrs of tutorial per week, 1+3+2E=6 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: Second year standing.

TEACHERS: Polish staff.

FORMAT: lecture, tutorial/discussion

CONTENT: a survey course presenting the development of the English novel from its beginning to the end of the 19th century. The main subjects: antecedents of the novel; the rise of realism; epistolary novel; picaresque novel; sentimental novel; technical experiments of Sterne; Gothic novel; historical novel; regional novel; novel of manners; Victorian novel and its historical and social background; psychological novel; new trends in the late 19th-century novel.


· D. Defoe, Robinson Crusoe or Moll Flanders

· S. Richardson, Pamela

· H. Fielding, Joseph Andrews or Tom Jones

· T. Smollet, The Expedition of Humhrey Clinker

· L. Sterne, Tristram Shandy

· M. Shelley, Frankenstein (or H. Walpole, The Castle of Otranto)

· W. Scott, Ivanhoe or Waverley or Rob Roy

· J. Austen, Pride and Prejudice or Emma

· C. Dickens, Pickwick Papers, Hard Times, Great Expectations

· W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair

· E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights

· C. Bronte, Jane Eyre

· G. Eliot, Daniel Deronda or Silas Marner or The Mill on the Floss

· T. Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles or The Mayor of Casterbridge

· W. Allen, The English Novel

· B. Ford (ed.), The New Pelican Guide to English Literature (in 8 volumes)

· E. M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

·· I. Watt, The Rise of the Novel plus critical interpretations of particular novels

OBJECTIVES: giving students general orientation in the main themes of the English novel as well as introducing them to a practical analysis of novels (theoretical problems of the novel as a literary genre: eg. characters, types of narration, individualization of speech).

ASSESSMENT: class participation and one longer essay (for tutorial); final (oral) examination.


Second Year

20th Century English Literature

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