PetrSU Student at Summer School of the Polish Language, Literature and Culture
The Summer Distance Courses were organized by the School of the Polish Language and Culture (Szkola Języka i Kultury Polskiej) with the financial support of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA. The School of the Polish Language and Culture is a unit of the University of Silesia in Katowice (Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach), which is a partner of Petrozavodsk State University since 2017.
The 3rd year student of the Applied Philology program of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU Maria Galakhova took part in the courses as a NAWA scholarship student:
“The classes were held remotely with a native speaker. I took great interest in the Polish language and culture. At the end of the study year, our teacher Justyna Pilak suggested summer Polish language courses. Without a doubt, I agreed to that.
The summer school started with a qualifying test which divided over 250 students from 46 countries into groups according to their proficiency in the language. The course expanded to all continents so the schedule was arranged in three time zones.
By the results of the test I was assigned to the B1 group. Each day we had two practical language classes, which lasted for an hour and a half each. My group had students from Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, Croatia, Germany, and Slovakia. As the teachers paid attention to speech practice, we worked on our speaking skills and learned about the cultures of other countries.
Moreover, the organizers of the course surprised us with an eventful program. We had lectures on the history of Poland, Polish literature and culture, as well as online excursions, workshops, linguistic games, clubs. Within the Summer School we took part in the Polish language dictation (Sprawdzian z polskiego).
One of the main events of the Summer School was the Meeting of Cultures and Traditions (Spotkanie Kultur i Tradycji). Representatives of different countries had to prepare a short presentation about their country, its traditions and culture.
For me the Summer School of the Polish Language, Literature and Culture was a self-discovery. This course not only boosted my motivation to learn the language, but also broadened my horizons and opened a world of new traditions and cultures.”