UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Polish Level 3 Upper Intermediate

Course description: Level 3 is for those who have successfully completed the Level 2 Polish Evening Course or a similar course and/or have developed a sound knowledge of the basics of the language through extensive visits to Poland or through self-study. 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. On completion of the course students can communicate in most situations and retrieve information from authentic materials. The course will cover the following:


  • describing people
  • discussing work related issues
  • education (Polish system of education and comparison of systems) and life-long learning
  • discussing and comparing life in a city and in a countryside
  • describing environment and discussing environmental issues
  • talking about relationships (friendship and family)
  • taking about people’s life
  • introduction to history of Poland
  • reading a few important texts in Polish literature
  • learning about the most important Polish people
  • idioms and proverbs


  • describing and comparing people
  • describing and comparing places, life in a city and life in a countryside
  • expressing opinion, agreeing and disagreeing
  • talking about past events
  • expressing plans for the future
  • expressing wishes, desires, possibilities, hopes, expectations
  • making suggestions and recommendations
  • speculating, making assumptions
  • writing letters in different registers


  • revision and more in-depth study of covered grammar
  • cases (plural forms of Nominative Masculine Personal, Dative)
  • usage of linking words
  • cardinal and ordinal numbers
  • aspect of verbs
  • present, past and future conditional
  • adverbs and adjectives
  • comparison of adverbs and adjectives
  • sentences with żeby and że
  • verbs followed by prepositions and cases
  • complex sentences: relative clauses and complement closes

Learning resources:

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.
  • I. Stempek, Gry i zabawy językowe. Polski krok po kroku, Krakow: Polish-courses.com 2012.
  • E. Lipińska, Z Polskim na ty, Kraków: Universitas 2003.
  • 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.
  • J. Machowska, Gramatyka? Ależ tak! Ćwiczenia gramatyczne dla poziomu A2, Krakow: Universitas 2011.
  • 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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