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Winter+Summer Semester, 1 hr of lecture, 2 hrs of tutorial per week, 3+3+2E=8 ECTS

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Winter+Summer Semester, 1 hr of lecture, 2 hrs of tutorial per week, 3+3+2E=8 ECTS

PREREQUISITES: First Certificate (FCE)-level language

TEACHERS: dr Ewa Waniek-Klimczak and Polish staff.

FORMAT: lecture + tutorial

CONTENT: Winter Semester: the phonetics of English: speech production; detailed description of individual sounds of English; detailed description of individual sounds of English in context; word stress; connected speech; broad and narrow phonetic transcription.

Summer Semester: the phonology of English: sound classification / distinctive features; organisation of sound structure: syllable templates, phonotactics, phonology of rhythm; principles of allophony; phonological processes at the lexical level; phonology and morphology.


Winter Semester:

  1. Gimson, A.C.& A. Cruttenden, Gimson’s Pronunciation of English

  2. Ladefoged, P., A Course in Phonetics

  3. Roach, P. English Phonetics and Phonology

  4. Sobkowiak, W. & J. Szpyra, Workbook in English Phonetics and Phonology

Summer Semester:

  1. Giegerich, H., English Phonology

  2. Roach, P., English Phonetics and Phonology

  3. Rubach, J., Analysis of Phonological Structure

  4. Sobkowiak, W & J. Szpyra, Workbook in English Phonetics and Phonology

OBJECTIVES: Winter Semester: introducing basic concepts for further study of the sound system of English (phonology); providing students with the theoretical basis for practical implementation of the sound system of English in production (practical phonetics) and reception (listening comprehension); broad and narrow phonetic transcription taught as a tool for further study and practical implementation.

Summer Semester: providing students with systematic explanation of the phonetic facts known from winter semester, i.e. phonetics of English plaus the predictive power of phonological rules; introducing the notion of phonological analysis, systematic description, generalisation, and prediction; increasing language awareness by systematic description of sound change in context

ASSESSMENT: Winter Semester: class participation, individual and class workbook exercises and transcriptions, 2 class tests. Summer Semester: class participation, individual and class workbook exercises and transcriptions, 2 class tests, final examination.


First Year

ELT Methodology 1

Summer Semester, 2 hrs of lecture+2 hrs of tutorial per week, 2+3=5 ECTS credits

LECTURES: 1. What is Methodology? Its constituent elements 2. What is Applied Linguistics?

3. The 4 language skills. 4. Language teaching methods. 5. Grammar translation. 6. Direct Method.

7. Oral/Situation Method. 8. The Audio-lingual Method. 9. Communicative Language Method.

10. Total Physical Response Method. 11. The Silent Way. 12. Community Language Learning.

13. The Natural Approach. 14. Suggestopaedia. 15. Theories of Language Learning.

TUTORIALS: Discussion and practical demonstration (workshops, video) of the Grammar-Translation Method, the Direct Method, the Audio-Lingual Method, the Cognitive Code Learning Method, the Communicative Method, the Humanistic Methods (Counselling Learning, the Silent Way, TPR, Suggestopaedia, the Natural Approach); presentation of teaching techniques typical for the methods; comparison of various aspects of methods.


  1. Chastain, K., The Development of Foreign Language Skills

  2. Larsen-Freeman, D., Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching, CUP

  3. Richards J & Nunan D., Second Language Teacher Education, CUP

  4. Richards, J. & Rodgers,T.S., Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, CUP

  1. OBJECTIVES: Lectures should give students a basic understanding of the theoretical issues that underlie foreign language teaching. Students should gain a sound knowledge of the various theories relating to language learning and acquisition. Tutorials are to make the students aware of the continuity of thought and ideas in the history of foreign language teaching, to provide the students with a framework for comparing and critically assessing language teaching methods and techniques, to give a practical dimension to the issues discussed during the lectures.

ASSESSMENT: class participation, 1 individual report, written semester test.


First Year

Composition 1

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

PREREQUISITES: First certificate (FCE)- level language.

TEACHERS: Polish staff or native speakers of English.

FORMAT: seminar/discussion, written class work, written homework, individual consultation

CONTENT: basic paragraph patterns: (description of a person, place--approx. 120 words): function of the paragraph; the controlling idea; support of the controlling idea; omitting information that does not contribute to the development of the controlling idea; recognising, formulating, and improving the topic sentence; unity and coherence in narration; linking expressions. narrative and descriptive composition (approx. 300 words): planning and outlining the overall composition; function of the introductory, developmental, and concluding paragraphs; transitions between paragraphs. personal letters: layout; attitude words and phrases; reporting words; colloquial vs. formal language. precis (advisable, depending on the level of the group). development of writing skills: pre-writing exercises; topic-centred vocabulary expansion; introduction of figures of speech; grammar activities; spelling/punctuation; use of dictionaries/thesauruses; self-correction, peer-correction, and class-discussion of students’ compositions.

OBJECTIVES: to teach students to write clear, understandable English in narrative and descriptive writing.


  1. Smalley, M.K. Ruetten: Refining Composition Skills.

  2. Chaplen: Paragraph Writing.

  3. Kanelli: Advanced English Composition.

  4. O’Driscoll: Penguin Advanced Writing Skills

  5. Chapman: Precis Writing

ASSESSMENT: written class work, compositions written at home, class participation; end-of-term exam, consisting of a 300-400 word descriptive or narrative composition


First Year

Conversation 1

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

PREREQUISITES: Cambridge FCE level language.

TEACHERS: Polish staff, native speakers of English.

FORMAT: tutorial/discussion.

CONTENT: casual conversation between students, role play conversations: beginning/finishing conversations, changing the subject, etc.; telling stories and description; 5-min. presentations. Topics to emphasise: personal background, family, work, travel, environment, sports and recreation, transport, common appliances, etc.)


  1. R. Ellis, B. Tomlinson: Speaking Intermediate

  2. M. Geddes, G. Sturtridge: Intermediate Conversation

  3. R. Gower: Speaking Upper Intermediate

  4. P. Watcyn-Jones: Test Your Vocabulary 1 - 5

  5. G. Wellman: Wordbuilder

OBJECTIVES: to teach vocabulary, phraseology, and strategies useful for basic conversation on matters of personal interest

ASSESSMENT: class participation, continuous assessment of speaking skills, vocabulary tests (at least every other week); end-of-term exam.


First Year

Listening Comprehension 1

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