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 THE CORE CURRICULUM

 
In a selective manner we would like to present the outline of language courses, offered by The Foreign Language Centre


OFFER IN ENGLISH:

General Proficient English ECTS 4.5

Author and lecturer: Bartosz Kraszewski MA

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with advanced English vocabulary, expressions, collocations and phrases. During the course, the student will become acquainted with highly conversational / communicative grammar, which at its high level does not include typical grammar definitions and exercises. In addition to phrases and vocabulary, some elements of slang and colloquial or conversational language will be introduced. All concepts will be presented in strictly contextual terms to facilitate their acquisition and long-term retention.

The aim of the course is also to broaden the active vocabulary of students and thus to enrich their language skills in general. After mastering a significant number of words from different registers (formal, semi-formal, informal, business and semi-slang or slang), students will not only be able to understand and create formal texts, but also master the highly idiomatic English used by native speakers of English-speaking countries on a daily basis. The classes will consist in practicing speaking skills in controlled conditions, coming down to expressing precise thought and practicing listening skills in order to show participants the practical dimension of work performed in class and at home. The course includes advanced listening exercises at the C1 + / C2 level that cover a wide range of everyday and business situations. Moreover, some parts of the language taken from books and other literary texts will be analyzed by students in terms of the meaning of the context-based vocabulary to develop this skill as well.

 

American English Pronunciation Workshops ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer: Bartosz Kraszewski MA

Acquiring natural pronunciation is the most difficult skill in mastering a new language. This requires re-learning to listen and imitate and a different way of using the voice (movements of the tongue, jaw, lips and other organs of articulation). This should be seen as a new skill to develop - a new challenge. Bad pronunciation has negative consequences. According to the phoneticians Linda James and Olga Smith, the consequences are: audience confusion, the impression of lack of education, and the inability to become a good speaker. On the other hand, good pronunciation makes a person a pleasant communicator, lays the foundations for public speaking, and provides self-confidence, which in turn opens up many possibilities. The main aim of this course-workshop is to raise students' awareness of this concept and implement it successfully.

The course focuses on American English (known as General American). During the course, students will learn the most important features of the standard American accent. Both the most important differences and similarities between Polish and English will be shown. The tutor will conduct presentations on a given aspect, followed by a wide range of practical exercises with theory kept to a minimum. Students will receive feedback on the mistakes they have made, along with suggestions on how to avoid them.

The lecturer will pay special attention to the negative interference of the mother tongue of the participants (mainly Polish) with English (phonetic interference),

The main differences between Received Pronunciation and General American will also be discussed to ensure participants are consistent in their chosen variety. Fans of both varieties of the English language will benefit from the course.

 

 

Soft Skills Training ECTS 3.0

 

Authors and Lecturers : Katarzyna Staniszewska, MA  and Agnieszka Mikołajewska, MA

 

The course aims at developing soft skills at the personal and interpersonal levels through the application of coaching techniques and tools. It covers skills such as effective time and stress management, self-motivation and presentation techniques, communication skills, decision-making, conflict resolution, and confidence building, which are highly appreciated by contemporary employers.

The course covers the following topics:

Time Management Techniques

Stress Management Tools

Self - motivation Skills

Assertiveness

Negotiations

Self-presentation

Impact Techniques in Presentations

Communication Skills -Body Language

Active Listening Training - Small Talk

Change Management and Planning

Decision Making Coaching Tools

Conflict Resolution Strategies and Techniques

Confidence Building Coaching Techniques

 

 

Cross-Cultural Communication ECTS 3.0

 

Author and Lecturer: Agnieszka Mikołajewska, MA

 

The aim of the course is to raise students' awareness of cross-cultural communication and its impact on the world of international business. It covers developing skills and competences such as communicating effectively, conflict-solving techniques, delivering presentations and negotiating across cultures. Its goal is also to develop students’ cultural intelligence and build their confidence while working in cross-cultural and diverse teams. 

The course covers the following topics:

Introduction to intercultural communication

Cultural differences in business

Communicating effectively

Managing first meetings: small talk styles as trust-building techniques

Managing international meetings

Presenting across cultures

Negotiating across cultures

Cross cultural leadership and management styles

Business correspondence across cultures

Managing conflict

Working in an international team

Managing diversity and creativity

Cross-cultural psychology: cultural intelligence

Developing intercultural skills

 

 

English for Human Resources ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer :dr Agata Głogowska-Mikołajczyk

The main aim of the course is to make students capable of understanding various issues referring to human resources management. Thanks to a variety of tasks students will get familiar with professional vocabulary used by specialists operating in HR, they will also learn how to make proper use of terminology applied in work environment. One of the main objectives of the course is to expose students to real life contexts that lead to problems which need to be resolved. Equally important is developing students’ skills in public speaking and enhancing their abilities to lead effective discussions, present their opinions and express constructive criticism.

Final score components:

test: 60%

classes: 20%

presentation: 20%

 

 

English for Personal Finance and Investment ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer :dr Agata Głogowska-Mikołajczyk

The objective of the course is to help students improve their knowledge of professional terminology referring to handling personal finance as well as using various investment strategies. Thanks to thorough understanding of modern financial issues students will be better prepared to deal with complex decision-making processes involving a multi-layer analysis of various problematic situations. Students will deal with a variety of tasks that will help them get familiar with professional vocabulary used by specialists operating in finance, they will also learn how to make proper use of terminology applied in financial environment. Their linguistic competences within Financial English will be perfected which will make them achieve a higher level of competence.

Final score components:
test: 60%

classes: 20%

presentation: 20%

 

Business Gurus ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer :dr Agata Głogowska-Mikołajczyk

The preliminary aim of the course is to expose students to a variety of theories and concepts useful in understanding the complexity of contemporary management. Students (thanks to presentations delivered by other group members) will with get familiar with concise summaries of careers and thinking of the selected most influential writers on management (business gurus) as well as an assessment of their contributions to business theory and practice. One of the most important objectives of the course is also to develop students’ skills in public speaking as well as enhance their abilities to lead effective discussions, present their opinions and express constructive criticism.

Final score components:
test: 60%
classes: 20%

presentations: 20%

 

 

Psychology in Business &OrganisationalBehaviourECTS 3.0

 

Author and lecturer :dr Beata Dąbrowska-Janů, M.B.A.

 

The course is designed to present key concepts and terms in the area of business psychology and the OrganisationalBehaviour science. The course covers the following topics in greater detail: effective teamwork and team building, personality theories in the workplace, leadership styles, motivation in the workplace, the coaching process tools, the role of mentoring in the workplace, the theory of general intelligence, the theory of emotional intelligence, the theory of multiple intelligences, the theories of learning and development, memory studies, career design, in particular the one that pertains to the Protean career design, change management as well as the aspects of organisational culture in the multicultural work context. The interactive and experiential learning model is applied. The course gives learners the opportunity to enhance their communication competences and skills in the field of psychology in business and OrganisationalBehaviour while giving presentations, holding discussions, debates and examining case studies. The course is aimed at undergraduate students.

 

International & Strategic Human Resource Management ECTS 3.0

 

Author and lecturer : dr Beata Dąbrowska-Janů, M.B.A.

 

The course is designed to present key concepts and terms in the area of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the international setting. Particular emphasis is placed upon the approaches to corporate strategy formulation as well as HR strategy. The course examines the following aspects and interventions in greater detail: the sources of competitive advantage under the resource-based theory of the firm, SHR planning, strategic recruitment & selection processes, strategic training and development, strategic talent management, strategic career management as well as strategic reward schemes. Furthermore, the course covers the field of SHRM in the changing context and the role of Corporate Social Responsibility in HR strategy formulation. The interactive and experiential learning model is applied. The course gives learners the opportunity to improve their communication competences and skills in the field of International & SHRM while giving presentations, holding discussions, debates and examining case studies. The course is aimed at undergraduate students.

Americanization - why do People Hate America? ECTS 3.00

Author and lecturer :  dr Maciej Huczko

The goal of the course is to present essential and contemporary issues in a foreign language. It provides a holistic approach towards different aspects leading to growing disapproval and criticism of American actions on the international arena. The course will integrate information from different challenging sources as: academic publications, governmental and non-governmental reports, opinion-forming weekly and monthly but also movies and documentaries. Presentation of the issues will promote discussion, debating and exchange of opinions. Another vital goal of the course is developing and perfecting general linguistic competences and communication skills especially.

Economic Determinants of US Presidential Doctrines ECTS 3.00

Author and lecturer :  dr Maciej Huczko

The goal of the course is to present essential, historical and contemporary issues in a foreign language. It provides holistic approach into external and domestic economic determinants shaping US presidential doctrines from Monroe Doctrine (1823) to Obama Doctrine (2009). The course will integrate information from different linguistically challenging sources as: academic publications, governmental and non-governmental reports, opinion forming weekly and monthly but also movies and documentaries. Presentation of the issues will promote discussion, debating and exchange of opinions. Another vital goal of the course is developing and perfecting general linguistic competences and communication skills especially.

 

OFFER IN GERMAN:

Case study auf Deutsch ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer : dr Agnieszka Kamińska

The classes are designed to train students’ linguistic, analytical and cooperative skills in situations of interactive response in the context of future work. The agenda of the course includes the following: 1) conducting meetings and discussions, 2) presenting the results of work, 3) conducting negotiations, 4) project work, 5) case study, 6) intercultural communication.



Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer : dr Agnieszka Kamińska

The classes are aimed at acquainting students with the Universal principles of conducting an effective and efficient presentation in German.

The class agenda includes the following blocks: 1) Techniques of speech construction, 2) Verbal elements for an effective message, 3) Presentation techniques and criteria for the use of individual techniques, 4) Non-verbal elements (body language) for an effective message; coping with stress / stage fright; power of influence through the outfit.

Practical exercises: presentation in front of the camera (individual analysis of strengths and weaknesses).

An important element of the workshop is working with a camera (self-presentation techniques) and individual feedback.

 

 

Filme und Reportagen als Sprechanlass ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer : dr Sylwia Bochenek-Roik

The classes include working with video materials. They focus on general topics from various areas of life and contribute to the development of general linguistic competence, with particular emphasis on cultural competence as well as listening and speaking skills. The classes are intended for students who have completed the 4th semester of their undergraduate studies. Particularly noteworthy are films related to cultural differences and relations between Poles and Germans as well as important aspects of the post-war history of Germany and Austria. The agenda of the course includes the following films: 1) The Wave (Die Welle), 2) Wróżby kumaka (Unkenrufe), 3) Woman in Gold, 4) Życie na podsłuchu (Das Leben der Andern), 5) Mój Berlin (My Berlin), 6) Radio and other.


Case Study auf Deutsch  ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer : dr. Joanna Popławska

 (ten sam przedmiot jest prowadzony przez 2 lektorki – Agnieszkę Kamińską i Joannę Popławską)

The classes are designed to train students’ linguistic, analytical and cooperative skills in situations of interactive response in the context of future work. The agenda of the course includes the following: 1) conducting meetings and discussions, 2) presenting the results of work, 3) conducting negotiations, 4) project work, 5) case study, 6) intercultural communication.

 


OFFER IN POLISH:

Creative writing training (not only for BA theses) ECTS 3.0

Author and lecturer : dr Agata Rytel

 

Are we All creative? How to awaken your cognitive curiosity? How to Deal with information noise and not overload the text with unnecessary information? How to write clearly and understandably? How to write in simple sentences? How to write concisely? How to make original comparisons in a text on economics? How to write a text free of linguistic errors? How to avoid boredom in quoting (boring) works? How to attract the attention of the thesis supervisor and the reviewer? You will find answers to these questions (and a few more) during the “Creative Writing Training (not only for BA theses)” classes.

 

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