General English and lingustic skills

 

1. Words Are Born Every Day

Level        C1
 
Duration:  60 hours/semester. Full course one semester.
 
Requirements:  The course is held twice a week, for one semester. If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. 
 
Time and venue:   Monday,  10.05 – 11.35, JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 304, 
        and Wednesday, 14.40 - 16.10, JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 304
 
Tutor: Bernadeta Raczkiewicz,  bernadeta.raczkiewicz@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course focuses on English words and expressions so students can expand their active vocabulary and use more up-to-date English in their writing and in everyday life. Topics include: colloquial words, elements of slang, common abbreviations and classified ads, ambiguous words, homophones and homonyms, British versus American words, idioms, buzzwords and other topics. Attention is also given to the interpretation of meaning – the course looks at irony, sarcasm, aphorisms, euphemisms, metaphors, wordplay and funny examples of verbal errors. Based on textbooks as well as on authentic materials from British and American media, the course is addressed to students of any field who share an interest in contemporary English. 
 

2. Listen, Read, Debate

Level:        C1
 
Duration:    30 hours/semester. Full course two semesters.
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Wednesday  13.15 – 14.45, JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 307
 
Tutor:        Jolanta Śniechowska,     jolanta.sniechowska@uj.edu.pl 
 
Course description: The aim of the course is to create a platform for students of different faculties to use English actively in academic situations (conferences, seminars, workshops) and everyday life, to share their knowledge and interests through discussions and projects and finally to boost students’ teamwork, organizing and interpersonal skills. The course is based on authentic, up-to date, inspiring materials from British or American media proposed by the teacher as well as the articles from academic journals or other sources chosen by the students.
 

 

3. Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Level: B2+
 
Duration: 30 hours/a semester. Full course 60 hours.
 
Requirements: If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue: Thursday 11.30 – 13.00 Al. Kijowska 14, room 208 
 
Tutor: Dorota Lubińska-Pyla   dorota.lubinska-pyla@uj.edu.pl 
 
Course description: An intensive, practical course for those who would like to improve their fluency of speaking as well as pronunciation. This will be done through active and varied use of natural language in different contexts and registers using up-to-date, inspiring materials such as film extracts, video clips, TED talks, online lectures and broadcasts. A chance to engage in debates and discussions on a variety of topics will be given.
 
 

 

4. Reading Addicts, unite!

Level: C1
 
Duration: 30 hours/a semester. Full course 60 hours.
 
Requirements: If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue: Thursday, 13.15 – 14.45, Al. Kijowska 14, room 208
 
Tutor: Dorota Lubińska-Pyla   dorota.lubinska-pyla@uj.edu.pl 
 
Course description: This course is designed for all the books and reading lovers out there. 
The aim of the course is to activate and advance all language skills with a particular emphasis on reading, speaking and writing. In every class, a selected short story, an article, or occasionally, a book, becomes a springboard for developing students’ discussion, listening and vocabulary skills. This is achieved by the use of additional authentic, up-to-date and inspiring materials such as film excerpts, video clips, TED talks, online lectures etc. The course includes elements of writing, both in and out of class, and provides plenty of grammar and lexical practice in how to express ideas in an orderly and elegant manner.   
 

5. Academic writing

Level:        C1
 
Duration:  30 hours/semester. Full course two semesters.
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Monday 12.45-14.15 ul. Krupnicza 2, room 204
 
Tutor:        Dominika Stopa   dominika.stopa@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course is aimed at PhD and postgraduate students who are keen to improve their academic writing skills. The course will help students gain more understanding of typical features of academic style, genre and writing process. As writing is not solely an individual process, students learn to cooperate with others in the process of peer reviewing and peer editing. What additionally broadens the perspective is the fact that participants come from different faculties and bring in their knowledge of various practices in different fields.

 

Literature, culture, philosophy and history

 

1. From Boudica to Suffragettes- an overview of British culture and literature

Level:  B2+
 
Duration:    30 hours/semester. Full course 60 hours. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:   Friday 8:00-9:30,  Al. Kijowska 14,  room 207
 
Tutor:    Renata Jawniak,    renata.jawniak@uj.edu.pl
 
 
Course description: The course is designed for students of philologies, cultural studies, history, or anyone interested in the field of knowledge. The course covers a range of cultural, literary and historical topics and focuses on the English phrases and expressions most commonly used in these contexts. It also gives students an opportunity to practise vocabulary and skills in a variety of activities. 
 

2. Literary Bits and Pieces

Level:                      B2+
 
Duration:                30 hours/semester. Full course: two semesters ( 60 hours)
 
Requirements:    If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate
studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:      Thursday 13.15 – 14.45, Al. Kijowska 14, room 210
 
Tutor:                        Maria Talaczyńska   maria.talaczynska@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description:  The course offers fragments of world literature for those students who would like to enrich their knowledge of different authors in three fields: travelling narrative, utopia versus dystopia and minimalist literature. It also gives students opportunity to use the acquired vocabulary effectively and appropriately in academic contexts.
 

3. Critical Thinking in Philosophy

Level:        B2+/C1
 
Duration:  30 hours/semester. Full course 60 hours. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:   Thursday, 10.00-11.30, JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 308
 
Tutor: Halina Kozdęba-Murray  halina.kozdeba-murray@uj.edu.pl
 
 
Course description:  The aim of the course is to develop students’ skills at critical thinking in the context of philosophical texts. Additionally, students revise their knowledge of philosophy and learn how to express their opinions in a logical and coherent manner. The course is addressed mainly to students of philosophy, but anyone interested in the subject is very welcome. The course is based on a book The Great Philosophers by B. Magee, which is a series of dialogues with contemporary philosophers such as: F. Copleston, J. Passmore, or A.J. Ayer who discuss different philosophical ideas from ancient to modern times. The book, as befits philosophy, is composed in the form of a dialogue and it is dialogue which is the most important form of learning during the course. Students can freely discuss their arguments both with each other and in teams in order to reach the most logical conclusions. We will read extracts from: Plato’s Dialogues, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Schopenhauer’s On Women, and others. Additionally, we will use blended learning method by following Mr Magee’s dialogues with contemporary philosophers on the internet.
 

4. Exploring Identity

level:  B2+
 
Duration:  30 hours/semester. Full course 60 hours. 
 
Requirements:   If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Tuesday 12.00-13.30, JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 308 
 
Tutor:  Natalia Szymaszek,  n.szymaszek@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: During this course students explore various aspects and dimensions of identity. The starting point is personal identity and elements that constitute it.  We also discuss social identity and how it can be influenced by and manifested through new media. We then move on to national identity and try to define its contemporary meaning in the context of recent political and global issues. Finally, we get acquainted with fragments of literary and cinematic works, where identity becomes an important theme, shown from interesting and sometimes unusual perspectives. 
 

5. History and Human Thought Reflected in Art

Level:  B2+/C1
 
Duration:    30 hours/semester. Full course 60 hours. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:   Wednesday 8.00-9.30 JCJ, ul. Krupnicza 2, room 116
 
Tutor:  Monika Wolanin monika.wolanin@uj.edu.pl
 
 
Course description:  The course is designed for students of humanities, especially students of history, history of art, preservation of cultural heritage as well as anyone interested in the subject matter. It is based mainly on academic and critical papers as well as myriad of visual aids. Special attention is given to comparative analyses. Topics covered in the course combine elements of: art, history, religion philosophy, etc. and will also depend on students’ choice. Additionally, the course touches upon contemporary social and cultural issues in relation to academic discourse. Another essential aim of the course is to practise delivering speeches of varying length and level of formality. 
 

 

English for Specific Purposes

 

1. Legal English

Level:        C1 / B2+
 
Duration:  30 hours/semester. Full course: 60 hours/2 semesters. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:   Wednesday 15.00-16.30, JCJ, Krupnicza 2, room 318
 
Tutor:        Teresa Zapała,  teresa.zapala@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description:  This upper-intermediate to advanced level course in Legal English, although primarily addressed to students who need to be able to use English in their law studies and future legal profession, may also be of interest to those from other departments, such as Administration or Business Studies, who wish to enhance their knowledge of law and master legal terminology. The aim of the course is to develop students' legal English skills, expand their vocabulary and help them use the language actively and responsibly in both legal context and academic situations (presentations, seminars, lectures). The course, encompassing the main areas of law: civil and criminal, contract, commercial and company law, the law of intellectual property, as well as litigation and international arbitration, is based on selected up-to-date legal English coursebooks, authentic reading and listening materials and actual case studies. Not only are the students introduced to the basic concepts found in the legal systems of the UK and the USA as well as those existing in the Polish system, but they are also constantly encouraged to compare aspects of the law in their own jurisdiction with those of common law countries. Participants  are regularly asked to do further online research on various course topics and present its results in class. 
 

2. English in the Natural Sciences

Level:        C1
 
Duration:  30 hours/a semester. Full course: 60 hours/2 semesters. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Monday 10.30-12.00 ul. Gronostajowa 7, room 1.14
 
Tutor:        Wioletta Rożnawska,  wioletta.roznawska@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course is designed for PhD students and students interested in the subject matter.
The aim of the course is to improve students' professional communication skills, expand their vocabulary connected with doing scientific research in the field of biology, biotechnology and related sciences. Students will  also learn the language they need to participate in meetings and discussions as well as to write a research paper or an abstract.  
 

3. English for Psychology

Level:  C1 
 
Duration:  30 hours/ semester. Full course two semesters. 
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Thursday 11.30 – 13.00, ul. Łojasiewicza 4, room 3.106
 
Tutor:  Katarzyna Opiela, katarzyna.opiela@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course focuses on different topics from neurology through applied psychology to psychiatry. Students have a chance to have a glimpse into the mechanics of the human brain, find out what goes on in the mind of a psychopath, test their own personality, study different psychological disorders, as well as ask themselves what intelligence is and whether we should try to endow machines with it, etc. The course is based almost entirely on authentic materials from the British and American media. As it includes a wide variety of materials, it is both informative and enjoyable. It is addressed to students of any field who share an interest in contemporary psychology.
 

4. Films and TV shows

Level C1
 
Duration:  30 hours/semester. Full course two semesters.
 
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of  the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.
 
Time and venue:  Wednesday, 15.00-16.30, ul. Łojasiewicza 4, room 2.106
 
Tutor:  Katarzyna Machała, katarzyna.machala@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course is designed for students who are keen on the cinema and the new media and would like to develop their knowledge by reading, watching and discussing materials closely connected with this field. During the course students will have a chance to read and talk about issues related with the cinema and television, as well as to write texts in response to what has been covered.
The topics relate not only to all-time classics like Pixar and Disney movies or Sherlock Holmes, but also cover technical issues of film making like script writing, sound effects, film music etc. The course is based on authentic materials, specifically adapted for its needs.