General English and linguistic skills

 

1. Listen, Read, Debate

Level:         C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Sniechowska_Listen Read Debate]

2. Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Level:    B2+

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Lubińska-Pyla_Listening Speaking and Pronunciation]

3. Reading Addicts, unite!

Level:  C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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, especially those who have completed a regular university English class at the levels B2+ or C1. 
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, or 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.   

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Lubińska-Pyla_Reading Addicts unite]

4. Academic writing

Level:     C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

5. English for Soft Skills

Level:   B2+/ C1

Duration:    30 hours – one semester. Full course one semester. 

Requirements:    Course exit test at the end of the semester. No final examination is offered after completion of this course. 

Tutor:        Dominika Stopa   dominika.stopa@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The overall objective of this course is to develop students’ language skills necessary for enhancing the following soft skills: communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Students will be given opportunities to practise English in teamwork, provide feedback on in-class activities, provide peer-tutoring, and negotiate. The course is addressed to students who wish to communicate with a greater ease, to try a hands-on approach at collaborating, and to learn how to boost their faculties of critical thinking and creativity. 

6. Taboo Issues

Level:  B2+ 

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

Tutor:  Marta Romańska-Zagórska, marta.romanska-zagorska@uj.edu.pl

Course description:   The course is designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and real life by giving students the chance to talk about controversial topics which are often avoided due to political, religious or moral reasons. We will discuss such issues as: death penalty, political correctness, designer babies, animal rights, sexual harassment, refugees, women rights, abortion, legalizing drugs and others. During the course students will develop their fluency of speaking while presenting their arguments in heated debates. The materials used in the course will be based on recent publications in the media and the choice of the topics will also depend on the participants of the course. We will pay a special attention to specific vocabulary used in debates as well as new vocabulary related to each topic.

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Romańska-Zagórska_Taboo Issues]

7. Breaking news

Level:  B2+ 

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

Tutor:  Marta Romańska-Zagórska, marta.romanska-zagorska@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is designed for everyone who is interested in the current world news and the latest developments in such fields as politics, technology, medicine and health, crime, education etc. The course is based on the most interesting pieces of the latest news from the English media (Internet, press, TV). An effort will be made to integrate speaking, reading and listening skills as well as to familiarize participants with topical vocabulary from each field. 

czytaj więcej [sylabus: Romańska-Zagórska_Breaking News]

 

Literature, culture, philosophy and history

 

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

Level:   B2+

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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. 

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Jawniak_From Boudica to Suffragettes]

2. Literary Bits and Pieces

Level:     B2+

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Talaczynska_Literary Bits and Pieces]

3. Critical Thinking in Philosophy

Level:        B2+/C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Kozdeba_Murray_Critical Thinking in Philosophy]

4. History and Human Thought Reflected in Art

Level:   B2+/C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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. 

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Wolanin_History and Human Thought Reflected in Art]

5. Biblical insights into some of the contemporary world’s queries

Level:    B2+/C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

Tutor:   Irena Raźny   irena.razny@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is designed for anyone interested in the world’s current essential matters. Its aim is to develop students’ critical thinking skills in the context of biblical texts, outside religion. During the course, students will have a chance to read and talk about universal issues as well as to ask themselves some frequently discussed questions and practise expressing their opinions in response to what they have learned. At the same time, they are challenged to check how much of the Bible they know and to think “outside the box” while activating their skills of comparative analysis. The course is addressed to students of any field who share an interest in the subject matter. It is designed for those who are keen on reading and would like to develop their knowledge of the Bible. It will also incorporate some articles by contemporary scientists and scholars in the field as well as relevant film materials and songs. Students will be given a lot of "food for thought” and will be able to freely discuss the biblical views in pairs or in teams in order to reach their own conclusions and formulate personal opinions. As students are given an opportunity to engage in debates and discussions on a selection of topics, speaking, reading and listening skills will be in use, thus familiarizing participants with biblical vocabulary to help them gain more understanding of the main source.

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Raźny_Biblical Insights]

 


English for Specific Purposes

 

1. Legal English

Level:        C1 / B2+

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.   

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Zapała_Legal English]

2. Business English

Level:      B2+

Duration:    30 hours – one semester. Full course one semester. 

Requirements:    Course exit test at the end of the semester. No final examination is offered after completion of this course. 

Tutor:      Małgorzata Grabania-Mukerji,    m.grabania-mukerji@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is designed for everybody who is interested in Business/Financial English and would like to increase their chances on the job market. It concentrates on various  business topics through introduction of useful vocabulary and stimulating communicative tasks, practicing skills like telephoning, negotiating, presenting. The course does not require any background in business or economics but aims to introduce certain useful topics of business and finance to students.

czytaj więcej    [Sylabus: M.Grabania-Mukerji_Business English]

3. English in the Natural Sciences

Level:        C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.  


czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Roznawska_English in Natural Sciences]

4. English for Psychology

Level:   C1 

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Opiela_English for Psychology]

4. Films and TV shows

Level:   C1
 
Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in 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.

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.
czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Machała_Films and TV Shows]