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POLISH 1Z03 BEGINNER'S POLISH I

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Olga Ponichtera

Email: ponicho@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 622

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24537

Website:

Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm or by appointment



Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Converse in Polish about a variety of topics from daily life (introductory level)
  • Read introductory texts
  • Use written language to express yourself on a variety of simple topics

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Małgorzata Małolepsza and Aneta Szymkiewicz. HURRA! PO POLSKU 1. Prolog: 2010 (textbook and workbook)


Method of Assessment:

Assessment

Assessment in this course is designed to evaluate your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Grading

TEST # 1 (Midterm) – 20%

2 Oral Tests 20% (10% each)

Vocabulary and Grammar Quizzes 15%

Homework (written and oral) 15%

Final Exam 30% (20% written; 10% final oral test)

Total = 100%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Course Syllabus

 

WEEK

CLASS

DATE

CHAPT.

GRAMMAR MATERIAL

VOCABULARY

1

1

TR Sept.5

0

Formal and Informal Introductions and Greetings

 

Greetings and farewell expressions; Personal introductions

2

2

M Sept. 9

0-1

Grammatical Terminology

Classroom Expressions

 

 

 

3

W

Sept.11

1

Verbs mieć, być, mieszkać

 

 

4

TR Sept.12

1-2

Cont. of Verbs

Numbers 0-10

Personal Pronouns

 

3

5

M Sept.16

2

Grammatical Gender

Numbers 11-20

Asking questions Describing people

 

6

W Sept.18

2

Noun-Adjective Agreement

Noun-Adjective Order

 

 

7

TR Sept.19

2

Verb Conjugation – 3rd and 4th

 

 

4

8

M Sept.23

2

Cont.

 

 

9

W Sept.25

3

Instrumental of Nouns and Adjectives – singular and plural

 

 

10

TR

Sept.26

3

Verb Conjugation – 2nd

 

 

5

11

M Sept.30

4

Numbers 20-100

Accusative Singular of nouns, adjectives, personal pronouns

Talking about age and family

 

12

W Oct.2

4

Cont.

 

 

13

TR

Oct.3

4

Possessive pronouns

 

6

14

M Oct.7

4

Stating one’s age

 

 

15

W

Oct. 9

 

REVIEW

 

 

16

TR Oct.10

 

TEST # 1(Midterm)

Oral Test 1 Due

 

7

17

M Oct.14

 

Thanksgiving – No Class

 

 

18

W Oct.16

5

Expressing Interests and hobbies with Accusative and Instrumental

Interests and hobbies

 

19

TR Oct.17

5

Cont.

 

8

20

M Oct.21

5

Verb Conjugation – 1st

Four Verb Conjugations

 

 

21

W Oct.23

5

Verbs ending in -ować

 

 

22

TR Oct.24

6

Numbers 100-1000

Verbs jeść i pić

Food / restaurant/ cafe

9

23

M

Oct.28

6

Review of Accusative

 

 

24

W

Oct.30

 

Cont.

 

 

25

TR Oct. 31

 

Oct.31 –Nov. 2 Midterm Recess

 

10

26

M  Nov. 4

6

Cont. Review of Accusative;

Verbs jeść i pić

 

 

27

W

Nov. 6

6

Use of instrumental with preposition ‘z’

 

 

28

TR Nov.7

7

Verbs of motion

Daily routine

11

29

M

Nov.11

7

Verbs of knowing

 

 

30

W

Nov.13

7

Instrumental of personal pronouns

 

 

31

TR

Nov.14

7

Ordinal numbers 1-24

Expressing time (formal and informal way)

 

12

32

M

Nov.18

7

Cont. of ‘time’

 

 

33

W

Nov.20

8

Cont. of  expressing time

Genitive singular of nouns, adjectives, and personal pronouns

 

 

34

TR

Nov.21

8

Genitive in negation

Expressing likes and Dislikes

13

35

M

Nov.25

8

Genitive in expressions with preposition ‘do’

 

 

36

W

Nov.27

8

Accusative with expressions with preposition ‘na’

 

 

37

TR

Nov.28

8

Cont. of Accusative and Genitive expressions

 

Oral Test 2 Due

 

14

38

M

Dec.2

9

Genitive of plural nouns in expressing quantity

Shopping

Clothing

 

39

W

Dec.4

Classes end;

TR of this week no class

9

Review of Accusative with expressions ‘nosić’ i ‘mieć na sobie’

EXAM REVIEW

 

15

40

M

Dec.9

 

Final Exam (written)

 

 

41

W. Dec. 11

 

Final Exam (Oral)

 

 

42

TR

Dec.12

 

Final Exam (Oral)

 

 

 


Other Course Information:

Details of Course Assessment and Expectations

1. Dictionaries

Some exercises in the textbook require a dictionary. You may use a Polish-English, English-Polish dictionary of your choice.

2. Homework Assignments

Homework (written and/or oral) will be assigned nearly every day as a way of reinforcing your knowledge of the material we cover in class. If there is an answer key, you are expected to correct your text prior to submission. You will be graded on completion and concerted effort, not the number of errors. The homework is due next class, unless otherwise specified.

3. Tests

We will have two in-class written tests (Midterm and Exam). Each test will consist of four sections: (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary section (controlled writing), and composition (free writing).

4. Two oral tests

These will be conducted in pairs and based on role play dialogues). You will be evaluated on content, accuracy (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary), comprehension, and fluency of your interaction.

5. Quizzes

We will have regular quizzes to assure your knowledge of a portion of vocabulary or grammar.

6. Attendance and Participation

Please keep in mind that attendance is required to ensure your success in this course. Language acquisition is a social activity, so get to know your fellow students and instructor. You will be able to collaborate effectively, and help/ guide each other in the learning process.