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Core Curriculum of CLC

Core Curriculum of the Centre of Languages and Communication PUT

A foreign language course at CLC PUT for full-time first-cycle studies covers 120 teaching hours and runs over two semesters. The Centre offers classes in the following languages: English, German, French, Russian and Polish for foreigners. Classes are held in groups created on the basis of a placement test in accordance with the advancement level.
In the era of European integration, effective foreign language teaching has become one of the main educational goals of the Council of Europe. The continuous refining of students’ linguistic competences is therefore very important.

The fundamental goal of each course is not only a consolidation of the knowledge students gained in high school (corresponding to B1 level, check: European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages, CEF), but first and foremost, widening and bringing this knowledge to a minimum of B2 level, at which a person using a foreign language "can formulate clear and detailed opinions/utterances, both oral and written, on a wide variety of topics, as well as explain his or her position as regards the subject of discussion, taking into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions”.

CLC lecturers strive to raise the linguistic awareness of students in order to prepare them for a fulfilment of the requirements imposed by future employers and the current job market through the choice of suitable methods and teaching materials. On the course, the students should effectively use general academic language and language for special purposes connected with their chosen field of studies in the area of productive competences (speaking and writing) and receptive competences (reading and listening).
 
1. Curriculum content:
1.1. A knowledge of the basic elements of mathematics (expressing basic mathematical operations and symbols in a foreign language, i.e. roots, powers, logarithms, trigonometric functions and geometry);
1.2. Reading information from diagrams, graphs and charts;
1.3. Teaching the skill of writing business correspondence (CV, letter of application, letter of complaint, memo, letter of enquiry, report) which is illustrated by various examples (the proper choice of expressions, style and register appropriate for formal written language);
1.4. Perfecting presentation skills:
– formulating the aim of a presentation
– cohesion and clarity of speech
– appropriate visualization of the content
– techniques for keeping and directing the audience’s attention
– the ability to analyse and synthesise.
 
1.5. Mastering the language for special purposes, i.e. technical language characteristic of the given field of studies (check syllabi)
1.6. Developing the four linguistic competences:
– speaking (perfecting communicative competence, including the ability to take part in a discussion and speaking about general and technical issues, utilizing an appropriate vocabulary range and grammatical structures);
– writing (see point 1.3.);
– reading (perfecting the ability to comprehend texts on general and technical topics, including looking for specific information in texts and giving exhaustive answers to questions connected with the problem area of a given text);
– listening (developing the ability to understand the speech of the native speakers of a foreign language).
 
2. Teaching/didactic methods
2.1.Presentation of general and technical material through the use of appropriate texts;
2.2. Utilizing diversified teaching means;
2.3. Exercises which consolidate the knowledge of new vocabulary;
2.4. Work on a technical text presenting new technologies specific to a given field of studies;
2.5. Arranging authentic situations for communication;
2.6. Diversification of in-class interaction (individual, pair and group work);
2.7. Using the computer lab, where students are offered multimedia programmes for foreign language learning including proficiency exercises on grammar, and vocabulary for general and special purposes, i.e. technical vocabulary. Moreover, courses are provided which are conducted as part of e-learning on the Moodle educational platform, making it possible to teach and learn at a distance.
 
3. The implementation of the education syllabus in a given field of studies is the responsibility of the leader – a person who consults an academic associate of a given faculty to choose appropriate technical texts.

Contact

Poznan University of Technology
Center of Languages and Communication
Piotrowo 3A, 60-965 Poznań

Phone: +48 61 665 2491, e-mail: office_clc@put.poznan.pl