It is assumed that the students do not know ANY Polish to begin with. The objective of the course is that after the whole year's sequence the students should be able to be creative with the language at the sentence level, handle basic everyday life situations, read simple connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs, write short simple letters, postcards, diary entries, take down simple notes (e.g. phone messages), etc. The goal is to move from Novice to Intermediate Low/Mid level on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale.

Our main textbooks are Dzien Dobry by Aleksandra Janowka and Magdalena Pastuchowa and Ten, ta, to by Joanna Lechowicz and Joanna Podsiadly, but we use lots of additional materials.

The class meets from 1:30 to 2:20 daily. For rooms please consult the time schedule. You are very welcome to come by and check us out!

Here is a short summary of the key topics to be covered in the first year sequence:

VOCABULARY

General topics:

basic classroom objects
colors
clothing
telling time
weather
seasons
family members
self-identification
simple courtesy expressions
greetings
introductions
making appointments
Everyday Life Topics:

personal/biographical information
restaurant/foods
asking and giving directions
hobbies/activities
transportation
talking on the phone
housing
work
health
post office
shopping, money, etc.

GRAMMAR

Nouns and Adjectives:

gender
case (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, locative, instrumental, vocative)
number, (plural)
comparative and superlative

Verbs:

tenses (present, past, future)
aspect
the imperative
participles

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