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POLISH 2Z03 Intermediate Polish I (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Joanna Lustanski


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Monday 6pm - 6:30pm

Course Objectives:

This course is designed for students with basic and basic-to-intermediate knowledge of Polish. It will improve your writing, speaking and reading skills in a small-class setting. You will acquire these skills while exploring a variety of aspects of Polish culture, using authentic materials such as songs, films, websites and pieces of literature. The course also includes a comprehensive grammar review and prepares you to master more complex written texts and discourse situations. After this course students should be able to:

  • read and understand texts on the topics related to vising places, shopping and home living;

  • speak about about past events and future plans;

  • properly use official and unofficial language in different situations;

  • manage conversations related to weather, shopping, food, home living, visiting places and express feelings and opinions on these topics.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Iwona Stempek, Anna Stelmach, Sylwia Dawidek, Aneta Szymkiewicz, POLSKI krok po kroku. Podręcznik studenta. Kraków (Textbook, Audio CD).

Iwona Stempek, Małgorzata Grudzień, POLSKI krok po kroku. Zeszyt ćwiczeń. Kraków (Workbook,
Audio CD).

Recommended: Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionary

Method of Assessment:

20% In-class assignments and active participation 

10% Oral interviews [2 x 5%] (Sept. 30 & Nov. 25)  

10% Homework assignments [2 x 5%] (Sept. 23 & Nov. 4)

30% Tests [2 x 15%] (Oct. 7 & Nov. 11)

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 in-class short assignments (e.g. writing a dialogue, answering questions, expressing opinions 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 short oral interviews in Polish (approx. 2-minute-long) to be performed as indicated in the schedule. 

    • Oral Interview #1, which will take place on Sept. 30, will deal with city maps and asking for directions. Detailed instructions will be posted on Avenue to Learn.

    • Oral Interview #2, which is scheduled for Nov. 25, will cover the topic “Poka? mi swoje mieszkanie, a powiem ci, kim jeste?”. Details will be posted on Avenue to Learn.  

  3. The homework assignments must be submitted according to the due dates indicated on Avenue to Learn. 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. There will be two written tests as indicated in the course syllabus posted on Avenue to Learn. 

  5. Final written exam will take place during the exam period in December.

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.

Topics and Readings:

This course will focus on chapters 14-20 of the textbook.  Supplementary reading and language exercises will be provided by the instructor.