About our Centre

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The Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners was established in 1994. Every year we organise one-year courses and summer courses of the Polish language, designed for foreigners and persons of Polish origin, currently living abroad. During the academic year, most participants are SOCRATES-ERASMUS students. Each year, our Summer School of Polish Language and Culture attracts many young people from all over the world.

The classes are taught by professional Polish teachers who have great experience in teaching Polish as a foreign language in multi-national and multi-cultural groups.

Teaching methods:

Polski o poranku (Polish in the morning)

Every day we give you the mystery of language on our Facebook. We invite you to a discussion about the Polish language:-)

Why Polish language?

Myślę, że język polski jest bardzo poetycznym językiem. Choć nie czuję się kompetentny do wyrażania takich opinii, sądzę, że jest to najbardziej poetyczny język całego świata. Ja nie rozumiem, dlaczego tak dużo krajów nie mówią po polsku. Z mojego punktu widzenia wszystkie inne języki są zbędne. Nie mam żadnej wątpliwości, że w XXII wieku cały świat będzie mówił po polsku.

 Fryderyk, student in Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) in Paris

Staff

Director
Małgorzata Berend, Ph.D. – graduated from NCU, majoring in Polish linguistics. She has been co-operating with our Center since 2003. 
Contact: malber@umk.pl

Lecturers

Monika Goszczyńska, Ph.D. graduated from NCU. She has been co-operating with our Center since 2017. 
Contact: m.goszczynska@umk.pl

Anna Gleb-Giedrys, M.A.  graduated from NCU. She has been co-operating with our Center since 2017. 
Contact: aglebgiedrys@gmail.com

Dominika Mafutala-Makuch, M.A. – graduated from NCU in 2005, majoring in Polish Studies. She has also completed Postgraduate Studies in Integrated Pre-school and Junior Education at the University of Humanities in Szczecin. Her main areas of interest include semantics and teaching using the storyline method. Has authored several articles dealing with the semantics of lexical units connected with the notion of responsibility. She has been co-operating with our Center since 2008 and has also taught Polish as a Foreign Language at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, at some private schools in Toruń and during the Summer School of Polish Language and Culture organized by NCU and the Polish Society for the students coming from Eastern Europe. In 2006-2008, she taught the rules of semantic correctness to the students of Polish Studies at NCU. She has worked as a Polish teacher in primary and junior high schools and co-operated with Adam Marszałek publishing house as one of the leading editors.

Contact: mafut@wp.pl

Karolina Pluskota, M.A. – graduated from NCU, majoring in Polish linguistics and then completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Polish Language. At present, she is working on her PhD thesis concerning synchronic structural Polish linguistics, entitled Inflectional and Syntactic Description of Impersonal Verbs in Contemporary Polish. Her main areas of interest include inflection and syntax of the Polish language, as well as the norms of language correctness. She has been working at our centre since 2007, teaching Polish at different types of courses at all levels. She is very interested in both theory and practice of teaching Polish as a Foreign Language, concentrating mainly on teaching grammar. Has been the editor of two collective volumes dealing with teaching Polish as a Foreign Language. Since 2012, she has worked as the director of our Center. She organizes different types of courses, including those sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and by the Erasmus Foundation.

Contact: kpluskota@umk.pl

Agnieszka Szolc, M.A. – graduated from WSP University in Bydgoszcz (polish philology), University of Gdańsk (English philology) and Postgraduate Studies of Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language at UMK. She’s cooperated with our centre since 2015.
Contact: agitus@gazeta.pl

Justyna Wiśniewska, M.A. – graduated from NCU, majoring in sociology. Holds an M.A. diploma in Teaching English earned at the Teacher's College in Toruń. Before she completed her Postgraduate Studies in Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language, she has worked as an English teacher in primary and junior high schools. She is now teaching Polish to foreigners and co-operating with our center. She is addicted to reading and loves to dance and ride her bike.
Contact: tynaw@o2.pl

Co-operating teachers:

Marzenna Cyzman, D.Sc. — assistant professor at the Institute of Polish Literature. She graduated from NCU in 2001, with the title of the Best Student of NCU Language Department. Her Ph.D. work, completed in 2005, was awarded for its quality. She has been co-operating with our center since 2003, specializing in communication classes. More information can be found at http://www.ilp.umk.pl/spis-pracownikow/cyzman/
Contact: marzennacyzman@poczta.onet.pl

Małgorzata Gębka-Wolak, D.Sc. — professor at the Institute of Polish Language and Director of Postgraduate Studies in Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language at NCU. She has been co-operating with our center since 1999 and worked as its Director during the period of 2006-2009. In 2001-2003, she worked as a Polish teacher at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris. During summer courses in our centre she gives lectures on contemporary Polish language and teaches Polish as foreign language. She also worked at courses for repatriants organised by Polska Akcja Humanitarna, Toruń department and at summer courses organised by Kuyavian-Pomeranian Department of “Wspólnota Polska” Association. A higher education lecturer. She runs classes of descriptive and functional grammar of Polish, rethorical skills, stylistics, jurilinguistics, linguistics in higher education teaching, and teaching Polish as foreign language. In free moments she gives linguistic advice (https://absolwent.umk.pl/spotkania/mowimy_poprawnie) and on blog of practical linguistics and copywriting (https://lingwistykapraktyczna.wordpress.com/2015/12/) writes texts about Polish language. She conducts research on syntax and inflexion of Contemporary Polish Language and language of Polish legal acts. She is an author of two scientific monographs and more than 60 articles, among others on grammar and methodical issues in teaching Polish as foreign language.
More information can be found at http://www.ijp.umk.pl/pracownicy/p_gebka.html

Contact: mge@umk.pl

Emilia Kubicka, Ph.D. – holds a double M.A. (Polish Studies at NCU and Applied Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), a bachelor's degree in German and a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Since 2005, she has been teaching Polish as a Foreign Language during summer and semester courses organized at our Center. She was also awarded a one-year DAAD scholarship from Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, where she taught Polish Cultural Studies. She specializes in teaching phonetics and listening comprehension. Apart from teaching at the Polish department, lecturing for the students of Postgraduate Studies of Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language and Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Translation Studies, she is also an editor working with historic and linguistic publications and a German teacher. She edited parts of the National Polish Language Corpus (www.nkjp.pl) and some entries of the "Great Dictionary of the Polish Language" (www.wsjp.pl). Her main interests include semantics and contrastive grammar (adverbial operations in Polish and German), as well as meta-lexicography and lexicography.

More information can be found at: http://www.ijp.umk.pl/pracownicy/p_kubicka.html
Contact: ekubicka@umk.pl

Iwona Pietrowska, M.A.  graduated from NCU. She has been co-operating with our Center since 2016. 
Contact: iptrwsk@gmail.com

Aleksandra Walkiewicz, Ph.D. — graduated from NCU, majoring in French and in sociology, and completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Polish Language. Her Ph.D. thesis concerned selected issues of comparative Polish-French grammar, mainly the semantic and syntactic factors influencing the use of tense and mode forms in certain types of French subordinate clauses. She has worked as a Polish teacher at our Center and in some private schools, and as a French grammar teacher at the Chair of French at NCU. She is also an English and French translator and interpreter. At present, she is working as a lecturer at the Chair of Polish Language at the Sorbonne University (Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV), teaching comparative linguistics and grammar.

Contact: aleksandra.walkiewicz@umk.pl