Department of Foreign Languages is established as part of The School
of Engineering on April 1, 1953. The Department occupies one
room in a building at pl. M. Skłodowska-Curie 1. The first head and organiser
of this interfaculty unit is Professor Feliks Załachowski. The Department
employs 8 teachers who teach English, German and Russian, and
is organised into two sections: A Russian and a Western Languages Section. The
Department employs both full-time and freelance teachers. Professor Bolesław Orgelbrand is the Rector of the School of
Engineering at the time.
After two years, the Department moves to
a PUT building at Strzelecka 11, where it is given two rooms, and a couple of years
later, another two - a classroom and a language laboratory. The rooms are subsequently
equipped with adapters, recorders and blackboards. Classes are held for
full-time and part-time students as well as those who take evening classes.
The 1950s sees the development of Foreign
Languages Associations. Students meet during literary evenings, hold poem
recitation competitions, organise discussions and widen their language
In 1956, Stanisław Niemczycki, M.A., is appointed as Deputy
Head of the Department. He is co-author of a Russian student’s book and such
papers as "Schiller Monograph” and "Schiller in Poland” (printed in an Eastern
German scientific journal, Weimarer Beitrӓge”).
From 1960 DFL teachers begin
providing foreign language courses for PUT scientific and research staff.
After ten years, the Department
changes its name to the Department of Practical Foreign Language Teaching
As the University develops, the Department progresses,
too. The breakthrough comes in 1968,
when the Department is moved to new rooms in Piotrowo 5. In the building of the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department
of Practical Foreign Language Teaching (SPNJO) is given 5 rooms, including
two for language laboratories.
year also sees the retirement of the founder and the first Director of the
Department, Feliks Załachowski, M.A. His responsibilities are taken over by Wanda Piwowarczyk, M.A., who will be
the head of the Department for the next nine years.
to fruitful cooperation between the Department and the University authorities,
on January 1, 1969, a language laboratory starts operating
on a Swedish licence, equipped with 36
booths with steering tables, and a spool steering tape recorder with 28
tracks, which at the time is considered a technological marvel.
the early 1970s, the number of teachers rises: there are 20 people employed full-time (including
2 senior lecturers), 4 freelance
language instructors, and 2
administration employees. Ms Wanda
Tecław is employed to run the main office, which she does with dedication
for 35 years.
The Department introduces French and Spanish and organises separate English,
German, Spanish/French and Russian language sections.
Language associations are still in operation, during
which PUT students meet their fellow students from other universities and
trainees from other countries. Between 1967
and 1972 three national competitions
for foreign languages are held, at which PUT students come first and second twice,
both as individuals and parts of teams.
Starting on February
1, 1973, the authorities of the Department organise methodology seminars
for their teachers, which are then to be turned into doctoral courses.
Scientific and didactic employees take obligatory part in the courses; some of
them take up doctoral studies.
is moved to the Faculty of Electrical
Engineering building at Piotrowo 3a, in which the Department is still
located today. At that time it is also given space for its own library and a
After Wanda Piwowarczyk, M.A. retires, Stanisław Niemczycki, M.A., becomes Head
of the Department for one year. From 1978 to 1981, Ferdynand Czogalla, M.A., is Head of the Department. Thereafter,
according to the new PUT authorities’ election rules, Ludwik Lange, M.A., is appointed Head of the Department.
In 1975, the Council of the Department is created,
which from now on deals with issues related to its overall operation. The
Council meets once a month and discusses plans for didactic work,
methodological and behavioural issues, modern language teaching methods,
reports, teaching results, textbooks and many other issues.
The Council of the Department represents its employees
and operates to this day under the name ‘Centre
of Languages and Communication Board’.
In April 1975, the
Department organises the Foreign Languages National Symposium.
At the request of
the University authorities and particular departments, our employees translate specialist
technical texts written in Polish into various foreign languages and offer
their help to all scientific researchers.
In the next election, Elżbieta Czogalla,
M.A., lecturer of German, is elected Head of the
Department and remains in the positionfor 12 years. In the academic year
1985/86, the Department’s library is opened, functioning as part of PUT’s
scientific libraries to this day.
Between 1985-95, the Department is run by
Elżbieta Czogalla, M.A. During this time, it extends its didactic base and its
rooms are modernised. New tape recorders are bought and the teachers’ rooms
obtain new equipment. The Department is the first interfaculty entity to obtain
a state-of-the-art photocopier.
The library, which
at the time does not have many books (only two cases in a small room next to
the main office), is moved to a separate room, and since then it has functioned
as the SPNJO Library. Technical equipment and its maintenance is supervised by Henryk Szymański, M.Sc. Eng., who runs the Technical Section. The Department also
helps plan equipment for one of the rooms of the Polish-German Academic Centre.
In terms of
didactics, English classes last 7 semesters, then 6, and after 1990, the number
is reduced to 4. Classes start at 8 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. After 3 p.m.
teachers have additional duty hours, which they spend in the language
laboratory, where, for example, they show films in foreign languages.
In 1985, for the
first time in the history of the Department, and after intensive efforts, it
establishes contacts with the Embassy of
the Federal Republic of Germany in Warsaw. In the future, students may have
the possibility of undertaking internships abroad.
1994, the unit’s name is changed once
again to the Department
of Foreign Languages.
In 1995, the
first English Language Olympiad for students of Poznan University of Technology
is held. The objective of the competition is to spark interest in the culture of Anglo-Saxon
countries and to test knowledge of the English language. Starting in 2000, the Olympiad is organized across
the country in Polish technical universities. To this day, the Centre of Languages and Communication has
organized the annual Polish National Olympiad of the English
Language for Students of Technical Universities. Honorary Patronage is
taken by His Magnificence Rector of
Poznan University of Technology, the
Consul of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and the Chair of the Polish Irish Society. The
1st stage is organised at particular universities and then students of
technical universities and maritime academies come to Poznan for the final
competition. The 2nd stage comprises a written and oral test. The winners of
the Olympiad receive numerous awards, including a language course in the UK for
the best participants.
Between 1995 and 2013, the Centre organised 18 language olympiads.
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In 1996, English language teacher, Liliana Szczuka-Dorna, M.A.,, is
appointed Head of the Department of
Foreign Languages following democratic elections, and continues to fulfil
this position to this day. Between 1996 and 2004, many changes are introduced
both in the Department of Foreign Languages ?
In 1996, Poznan University of Technology introduces new financial policies. The DFL as
an interfaculty unit also benefits from the distribution of funds. This leads
to changes in the organisation of the work of its staff; additional DFL
activities are launched in the form of commercial courses for students, PUT
staff and the local community of the Rataje district. Classes are held from
8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, classes finish at 3.00
p.m., but at weekends they are run for part-time students from 8.00 a.m. to
An ever increasing number of students requires
a greater number of classrooms. The Department of Foreign Languages undergoes a
major overhaul. The library is equipped with modern bookshelves, reading desks,
two computer workstations and is moved to a new room. Teachers’ offices are
renovated and converted into classrooms. A staff room with a kitchenette and a
photocopier is also made available.A new Computer
Lab opens, featuring 30 computer workstations with multimedia software for
learning foreign languages available to PUT students and employees. All the
classrooms are provided with TV sets and videocassette recorders.
In the area of teaching, the DFL
implements a new teaching system approved
by the Senate of Poznan University of Technology. Students receive a so-called
teaching hour credit for learning an individually chosen foreign language.
Students obtain the credit in the form of one-semester courses of 60 hours
each. They then decide in which semester they wish to begin a course in a
foreign language. Students have to complete their course by the 6th semester of
their studies. Final exams are held for all students during both winter and
summer sessions. The written part of the exam always takes place on the first
day of the session. Exams in the Centre are currently organised in accordance
with the European Credit Transfer System. Students with a very good command of
a foreign language and who hold appropriate certificates may be exempted from a
foreign language course and may, within the limit of available hours, choose to
learn another foreign language.
The Department of Foreign Languages
of Poznan University of Technology provides a choice of the following
languages: English, French, German, and Italian. Other languages are offered at
the request of the Faculty Board and students. From 1998, following a decision by the Senate of Poznan University of Technology, the exam grade in a
foreign language is included in the calculation of a student’s grade point
average. On 24 March 1999 all the
changes are authorized by the Resolution
of the Senate.
In 2003, the Department of Foreign Languages of Poznan University of
Technology introduces a pilot semester of teaching a foreign language for
specific purposes for students finishing their foreign language course.
Students are taught to deliver individual and group presentations, write CVs
and covering letters, and prepare summaries. They learn specialised terminology
relevant to each faculty.
In 2004, upon Poland joining the European Union, the system of higher
education is also changed. Our University implements new policies following the
directives of the Bologna Treaty.
Some of the most important
objectives of such a type of education are to promote mobility among students and staff, to introduce a three-level
studying system based on the European
Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and to extend the participation
of PUT students and employees in the lifelong learning process. All these
objectives are supported by the DFL in their work.
The most important change in the
Department of Foreign Languages after 2004
is the introduction of the teaching of foreign languages for specific purposes in its syllabi. Teaching foreign
languages for general purposes was previously limited to learning how to
operate effectively in the international job market and in daily life
situations. The most significant issue, now, however, is learning how to
communicate effectively using a foreign language for specific purposes
characteristic of a given field of study.
A foreign language course in the
Centre of Languages and Communication of Poznan University of Technology for first-cycle full-time studies currently
comprises 120 hours taught over 2 semesters. The Centre offers English, German,
French, Spanish, Russian and Polish for foreign students. Classes are held in
groups with different ability levels formed on the basis of placement tests
taken by students during their first meeting.
The essential aim of each foreign language course is to consolidate the knowledge
students acquired in secondary school and to broaden it, taking them to at
least B2 level, at which they are "able, in a wide range of topics, to
formulate clear and detailed opinions in speaking and writing, and to explain
their viewpoints in matters under discussion, considering the advantages and
disadvantages of various solutions.”
In the academic year 2011/2012, fundamental
changes are introduced in the description of teaching modules in the Centre of
Languages and Communication, which
includes elements such as
students’ skills, their knowledge and social competences. Teaching effects are
defined in respect of the knowledge acquired by the students, their understanding
and their ability to use this knowledge. The teaching module description cards
contain the syllabus, professional literature, methods of assessing the effects
of teaching and the number of ECTS points.
The Resolution of the Minister of Science and
Higher Education of 2 November 2011 concerning the National Qualifications
Framework for Higher Education regulates the description of teaching effects in
8 teaching areas and the description of teaching effects which lead to the
acquirement of engineering competences.
The Centre of Languages and Communication of
Poznan University of Technology develops syllabi for foreign language courses
for specific fields of studies based on the National Qualifications Framework. The teaching effects define the
requirements that students need to meet following studies in a given teaching
cycle, and allow for the comparison of diplomas obtained in various
institutions of higher education in Europe.
After taking a course in the CLC as part of first-cycle studies, students are able
to communicate orally and manage negotiations, present their professional
profile, read with comprehension articles from technical magazines, write
business letters and academic texts.
A foreign language course during second-cycle studies is based on the
modules of a foreign language for specific purposes connected with a given area
of studies. The course prepares students to undertake activities in their professional
and personal lives. Students are also prepared for further studies, for traineeships
and to begin work in Europe and beyond.
As part of third-cycle
studies, an English language course teaching English for Academic Purposes
is offered to PhD students of Poznan University of Technology.
Foreign students, taking their courses at PUT
under the Life-Long Learning–Erasmus program, attend a one-semester Polish
language course. Upon finishing the course, students know basic vocabulary in
Polish and are able to communicate in real-life situations.
the DFL supplements the range of foreign languages offered with a course in Chinese. The course is run at elementary
In the academic year 2012/2013, following a Regulation by the Rector of Poznan
University of Technology the Department of Foreign Languages is transformed
into the Centre of Languages and
Communication of Poznan University of Technology. Currently, it has 71 employees, including 67 language
teachers, lecturers and senior lecturers, as well as 4 members of administrative
The CLC operates two computer labs with 20
computer workstations equipped with multimedia projectors and a sound system.
One of the labs serves as a media facility making it possible for
undergraduates, graduates, PhD students and university staff to learn foreign
languages on their own. Teachers on duty in the lab are always ready to help.
Materials for self-teaching can be found on site as well in the Centre Library
during the time the Media Library is open.
Lecturers and students alike can use the Centre
Library, whose book collection numbers 7,200 volumes. The library offers
several reading desks for readers to use reference books. The magazines
available are offered in English and German and are subscribed to by the
the CLC lecture rooms are equipped with fixed multimedia projectors with
screens and sound systems. Lecturers have at their disposal a separate internet-enabled
computer workstation. The Centre also has TV sets with a DVD player – one
mobile, two fixed, as well as mobile multimedia projectors with sound. The
Centre features an interactive whiteboard and all the teachers have CD players
at their disposal.