Language skills

OBJECTIVES AND SYLLABUS CONTENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES IN THE FOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS

1. LISTENING COMPREHENSION
a) Improving communicative skills acquired earlier and shaping new ones:
– “listening for gist” – to understand the general sense of the listening material,
– extracting the required information,
– selecting overall meaning of the whole passage and its parts, following the plot of events,
– defining relations between particular parts of the listening material,
– defining the intention of the passage,
– defining the author and recipient of the listening text,
b) Improving and shaping language abilities:
– recognizing linguistic elements (new and acquired before),
– recognizing new and acquired earlier words, word groups, sentences,
– distinguishing between words which sound alike,
– defining meanings of words by studying the context or basing on similarities with the Polish language or any other foreign languages,
– recognizing differences between the information given in the listening material and its illustration or between the listening passage and the written text,
– distinguishing between various kinds of intonation.

2. SPEAKING
a) Improving communicative skills acquired earlier and developing new ones:
– appropriate choice of lexical items, phrases and sentence structures to express the author’s intention in various communicative situations,
– producing utterances where different language elements are used in diverse situations in harmony with socio-cultural standards,
b) Shaping and improving language abilities:
– active control of sentence structures and patterns,
– ability to create new sentences and utterances basing on words and word compounds acquired earlier,
– formulating new utterances by combining words, sentences and sentence patterns,
– formulating longer utterances.

3. READING
a) Improving skills acquired earlier and shaping new abilities connected with reading comprehension tasks:
– defining a topic and extracting an overall idea of the whole text and its particular parts,
– selecting the required information,
– generalizing about the whole text and its parts,
– distinguishing between opinions and facts,
b) Shaping and improving language abilities:
– recognizing and distinguishing between grammatical forms,
– recognizing words basing on their forms or meaning,
– working out meanings of unknown words by means of word formation analysis or the context.
c) Shaping and improving reading techniques abilities:
– forming associations between graphic signs and sounds (correct
pronunciation),
– intensifying the speed of (silent) reading,
– getting learners into the habit of using a dictionary.

4. WRITING
a) Shaping and improving communicative abilities:
– producing diverse types of written texts on a particular subject,
– using suitable linguistic devices and style consistent with a particular type of writing to express the purpose of this text and the author’s intention,
b) Shaping and improving language abilities:
– active control of sentences and sentence patterns,
– creating new sentences from words, word compounds and sentences acquired earlier,
– formulating written texts by combining words, sentences and sentence patterns.