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Summer Semester, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2 ECTS credits (not counted towards degree)

PREREQUISITES: Cambridge CAE level language; participation in ELT Methodology 2

TEACHERS: Polish and foreign staff

FORMAT: seminar/discussion, school observations, practice lessons

CONTENT: discussion and practical demonstration of techniques of teaching various aspects of language: presentation and practice of vocabulary, teaching pronunciation, teaching listening comprehension, teaching reading comprehension, elicitation. Class work includes extensive exposure to video materials. School observations - in primary schools - include lessons conducted by school teachers and peer observations of students conducting practice lessons.


  1. Harmer, The Practice of English Language Teaching, Longman

  2. Doff, Teach English, CUP

  3. Cross, A Practical Handbook of Language Teaching, Prentice Hall

  4. Ur, A Course in Language Teaching, CUP

  5. selected articles assigned by the lecturer

OBJECTIVES: to acquaint the students with a variety of techniques of teaching different skills and aspects of the language, to prepare them for effective and critical class observation, to give them an opportunity to observe school teachers conducting lessons in primary schools and to conduct lessons themselves, to prepare them for the 4-week teaching practice in a primary school (after this semester).

ASSESSMENT: active class participation, preparing an observation/analysis report on a lesson at the primary school level, teaching two lessons in a primary school (a conspectus required); final test, if the lecturer considers it necessary.

Third Year


Third Year

American Literature 2

Winter Semester, 1hr of lecture, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 1+2+2E=5 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: third year standing.

TEACHERS: senior Polish faculty - lectures; Polish staff and American visiting faculty - tutorials.

FORMAT: lecture and tutorial/discussion

CONTENT: Important 20th century developments in American poetry, prose, drama and criticism are discussed. Authors and themes studied may vary, but the following are often reviewed:

New attitudes and developments in poetry--Robinson, Frost, Williams, Eliot, Pound. Sherwood Anderson and other new Mid-Western voices. Lost Generation writers. Black Renaissance. Post WWII Jewish writing. The postwar political/aesthetic dissent: the Beats, Afro-Americans, women writers, postmodernist attitudes. Major stylists-- Nabokov, Bellow, Updike.


  1. Pound, Eliot, Williams, Stevens;

  2. Sherwood Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (Steinbeck, Cather, West);

  3. Mailer, Malamud, Bellow, Roth;

  4. Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs;

  5. Updike;

  6. Nabokov, Barth (Vonnegut, Federman, KosiƄski);

  7. Baldwin (Ellison, Morrison); Scott Mamoday (Silko, Erdrich, Welch)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose is to give, in the lecture course, an overview of the development of American literature from the its beginnings to the present. On the other hand, the class reading/discussion sessions provide the opportunity to get acquainted with important works by American authors and to develop topics covered by the lectures through discussions and analysis of literary texts. The whole course aims at giving rudimentary knowledge of the historical development of American literature.

ASSESSMENT: Students are assesssed on the basis of lecture/class attendance, participation in class iscussions, class presentations, a term paper and/or mid-term test. Following completion of the whole two-semester course (American Literature 1 and 2) students take a comprehensive written examination (multiple questions and essay-type answers) in the history of American literature.


Third Year

History of English

Winter Semester, 1hr of lecture, 2 hrs of tutorial per week, 1+2+2E=5 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: CAE level of English, Introduction to Linguistics, Descriptive Grammar 1.

TEACHERS: Polish staff

FORMAT: Lecture plus tutorial/discussion.

CONTENT: History of English: Introduction to Old English Introduction to Middle English. Introduction to Early Modern English. Major mechanisms of language change ( as evidenced in the history of English): semantic change, sound change, syntactic typological change.


  1. Pyles, T, Algeo, J, The Origins and Development of the English

  2. Fisiak, J, An Outline History of English

  3. Fisiak, J, A Short Grammar of Middle English

  4. Reszkiewicz, Synchronic Essentials of Old English ( West Saxon)

  5. Baugh; T. Cable, A History of the English Language

OBJECTIVES: to introduce students to the major stages of development in the history of the English language; to make students aware of the nature and mechanisms of language change.

ASSESSMENT: class participation, class presentation, final written examination.


Third Year

Contrastive Grammar
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