UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Polish Level 4 Advanced

Course description: Level 4 is for those who have successfully completed the Level 3 Polish Evening Course or a similar course and/or have developed a sound knowledge of the language through extensive visits to Poland, personal relationships, or working with the language. The course runs over three ten-week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening; linguistic and cultural knowledge is reinforced and broaden by authentic materials, texts, short films, and topics covered on the course. On completion of the course students can converse reasonably fluently with native speakers, and retrieve information from a wide range of authentic materials. The course will cover the following:


  • Polish culture and society through texts, films, and music
  • Polish history and politics
  • cinema and television
  • trends and canons in press and literature
  • Polish festivals and festivities
  • environmental protection and nature reserves
  • tourism in Poland
  • internet and technology
  • discoveries and inventions


  • reading, analysing, and summarising texts
  • extracting and presenting information from written sources or visual material
  • reporting on events and matters of public interest
  • writing reports and reviews
  • preparing presentations
  • negotiating and discussing points of views
  • commenting, debating, criticising written material, news, and events
  • encouraging and discouraging
  • ‘reading between the lines’: detecting non-explicit content in texts


  • impersonal forms of verbs
  • creating past participle
  • creating passive voice
  • creating verbal nouns
  • creating and using imperative mood
  • using linking words
  • using reported speech
  • complex sentences and relative clauses

Course Book

  • A. Burkat, A. Jasińska, Hurra po polsku 2, Krakow: Prolog 2002.

Additional material

  • I. Stempek, A. Stelmach, Polski Krok po kroku A2, Krakow: Polish-courses.com 2012.
  • E. Lipińska, Z Polskim na ty, Kraków: Universitas 2003.
  • E. Lipińska, E.G. Dąbska, Kiedyś wrócisz tu... część 1, Kraków: Universitas 2007.
  • P. Garncarek, Czas na czasownik, Kraków: Universitas 2001.
  • E. Lipińska, Nie ma róży bez kolców. Ćwiczenia ortograficzne dla obcokrajowców, Kraków: Universitas 2000.
  • S. Mędak, Co z czym?, Kraków: Universitas 2000
  • J. Pyzik, Iść czy jechać?, Kraków: Universitas 2003.
  • J. Pyzyk, Przygoda z gramatyką, Kraków: Universitas 2000
  • A. Seretny, A co to takiego? Obrazkowy słownik języka polskiego, Kraków: Universitas 2003.
  • M. Szelc-Mays, Nowe słowa – stare rzeczy, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Zakonu Pijarów 1999.
  • D. Bielec, Polish. An Essential Grammar, London: Routledge 1998.
  • K. Janecki, 301 Polish Verbs, New York: Barron’s Educational Series 2000.
  • J. Fisiak, Collins English-Polish and Polish-English Dictionary. Collins słownik angielsko-polski i polsko-angielski, Warszawa: BGW 1997.


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