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POLISH 1ZZ3 Beginner's Polish II

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Joanna Lustanski


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: by appointment

Course Objectives:

This course is a continuation of the course Polish 1Z03 and is designed for students with basic Polish. It teaches speaking and writing skills through the study of grammar, the practice of vocabulary, intonation and pronunciation. Cultural units will deal with the context of language learning. After this course students should be able to communicate in Polish (oral and written) in everyday situations. Do zobaczenia w klasie!

At the beginning of each class, students will repeat grammar material and vocabulary items by means of short warm-up quizzes, crosswords, compositions and dictations. Then, new grammatical structures, vocabulary, and idioms will be introduced. During the second part of each class students will practise newly learned material in conversational and written exercises, games and role-playing.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Malgorzata Malolepsza; Aneta Szymkiewicz, Hurra po polsku 1. Podrecznik studenta. Krakow 2010 (Textbook, Audio CD).

Malgorzata Malolepsza; Aneta Szymkiewicz, Hurra po polsku 1. Zeszyt cwiczen. Krakow 2010 (Workbook, Audio CD).

Recommended: Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionary

Method of Assessment:

15% active participation and in-class assignments

10% spelling tests (Jan. 18 and March 8)

10% oral presentations (Feb. 1 and March 22)

10% homework assignments (2 x 5%)

25% midterm test (Feb. 8)

30% final exam

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

  1. Active participation and in-class assignments: Language learning requires constant reinforcement and interaction with your instructor and classmates; therefore, you are encouraged to actively participate in the classroom activities. There will be about 3-4 in-class short assignments (e.g. writing a dialogue, answering questions etc.) which you will be asked to complete and submit in class. They will be corrected and returned with marks. There is no make-up option for these assignments.

  2. There will be two (2) short spelling quizzes (approx. 10 minute long) according to the dates specified on the Avenue to Learn.

  3. Two (2) homework assignments must be submitted according to due dates. They will be corrected and returned with marks. Note that late submissions will be accepted only in case of emergencies such as illness substantiated by a medical certificate.

  4. The midterm test will cover the material introduced and discussed in class. Make-up tests are permitted only in case of documented illness.

  5. There will two (2) short oral presentations in Polish to be performed as indicated in the schedule.

  6. Final written exam will take place during the exam period in April.

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

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 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 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.