Syllabus: AQA. Assessment: 100% Exam
The course is designed for students who have studied Polish or have had basic knowledge about the Polish language and Polish culture but would like to start learning it in a more structured way to develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of Polish, including acquaintance with grammar and social and cultural aspects.
The aim of this course is to familiarise learners with the more sophisticated vocabulary as well as complicated grammatical structures and enable them to participate in conversation in Polish and produce written work of a high standard. During the sessions students will be familiarised with a broad range of terminology in Polish and the English equivalent and this knowledge will also aid their achievements in other subjects.
This qualification will recognise that the student is fluent in both Polish and English and is able to easily translate between the two languages. This could provide the foundation for careers in interpreting, language teaching, travel and tourism and in some areas of the business sector.
Teaching methods include a variety of activities; grammar and vocabulary exercises, roleplaying, games, listening, etc. to suit every language learner.
Polish GCSE Full Course consists of 4 components: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Throughout the course, students develop speaking and listening skills (Units 1 & 2) in the context of selected topics. The stimuli are in Polish and students will be expected to respond in English.
Unit 3 puts great emphasis on reading. The texts require performing various tasks (completing, ordering, answering questions, transforming, etc.) which adds to variety and enhances students’ involvement.
Unit 4, related to writing, encourages learners to express opinions. Working on a written text, students have more time and are able to correct their own mistakes. Students are allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Short Courses are also available for students who are not confident in all four language areas so they can choose Short Course in Spoken Language or Short Course in Written Language. Short course is an equivalent to half a GCSE.