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Language Education

Controversies, Observations and Proposals


Edited By Danuta Stanulewicz, Karolina Janczukowicz and Małgorzata Rocławska-Daniluk

This collection of papers explores various issues in English language teaching in Poland, mainly at the secondary and tertiary levels. The topics include Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and e-learning. The contributions also deal with teaching public speaking, pronunciation and writing. The contributors explore language education from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and propose solutions concerning English for Specific Purposes (Technical Writing in English and Maritime English) as well. The book also investigates teaching not only languages but also, inter alia, geography and linguistics, concentrating on the use of metaphors, prototypes and cognitive models.

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Some critical remarks on the current state of English language education at Polish senior secondary schools (Olga Aleksandrowska)


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Some critical remarks on the current state of English language education at Polish senior secondary schools

Olga Aleksandrowska

University of Gdańsk

Abstract: The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of English language teaching and learning at the senior secondary school level in Poland. Some of the issues explored in the first part include: foreign language learning and teaching programmes implemented at schools, learners’ proficiency levels, characteristics of adolescent learners and elements of the Polish Curriculum Framework. In the second part of the chapter, some common features of classroom instruction at the secondary school level are presented, such as methods of class work, types of lesson activities, testing techniques and coursebooks used at Polish schools. The school final examination (called Matura in Polish) requirements are also discussed as impacting the nature of English language teaching and learning. The chapter ends with a discussion of the role of English language education at the senior secondary school level.

Keywords: foreign language education, Matura, school leaving examination, senior secondary school, National Curriculum Framework, teaching English, washback

1. Introduction

The main aim of the educational reform initiated in 1999 was to improve the overall quality of Polish education. Several important modifications were made concerning the structure of education in Poland, the evaluation system, the Teachers’ Charter (Karta Nauczyciela) and foreign language learning. As a result, a new system of education was formed, comprising 4 major levels:...

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