(preliminary registration - not binding)

Summer University Schedule

Syllabi

About the Summer University
Welcome to the summer programme at the University of Opole where you can get a unique chance to broaden your knowledge, develop your communication skills, and enjoy summertime in the exciting and well-situated place. This year, we have developed a programme that offers even greater freedom and flexibility in pursuing your personal ambitions and interests.
Programme extensions

Central European Capitals A trip to central European capitals – three-day visiting Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava – extra cost approx. 200 Euro. The ultimate price depends on the number of participants.

Creative Week in Trier and Luxembourg It is an additional programme (paid extra 250 EUR) prepared together with our partners, Moving.Lab  to give the Summer School students even more opportunity to exercise English and visit Luxembourg and Western Germany. The bus trip (included in the price) in the western direction from Opole will take you to the border between Germany and Luxembourg. In the stunning Mosel valley area, we will spend a week with our partner University of Applied Sciences learning about European identity and lifestyle using experimental design methods in the shades of the ancient Roman Porta Nigra. The creative workshop will be followed by the visits to Karl Marx museum as the city of Tier is his hometown and it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the philosopher’s birth. The week will be concluded with a field trip to a re-developed Belval industrial zone, where the campus of the University of Luxembourg is located.

Teaching Staff
Our qualified and experienced teachers are eager not only to share their knowledge and skills with their students – they are also dedicated to broaden their students’ points of views, improve their critical thinking and are themselves always open to discussions. Apart from philologists and cultural studies researchers – specialists in sociology and art as well as physical training instructors contribute to the programme.
Practicalities
The lodging cost in a dormitory is included in the price of the program. Students and professors will be accommodated in  Kmicic Hall which is located in immediate vicinity of the university’s facilities. The dormitory offers rooms in modules, i.e. two (double or triple) rooms with a shared bathroom. They are equipped with single beds, wardrobe, desk, chairs, table and fridge. Rooms are locked with a key in possession of the inhabitant. There is a launderette and a kitchen on each floor equipped with a gas cooker, sink table and numerous cupboards. Washing machines and dryers are available for the participants to use. Each bathroom (one per module) contains a shower, basin and a toilet.
Registration

In order to be registered as a participant of the Summer University, please, fill in the registration form. Your personal and university data will be used to issue a letter of invitation necessary to acquire a visa. Being aware of the participants’ levels of English and field of study will enable us to adjust the Summer University program according to your needs. At the end of the form you will find the terms and conditions of the programme. Accepting them is essential in order to be registered. Upon registering you will get a confirmation via e-mail.

Please note that the application and payment deadline passes on April 15.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our staff at summer@uni.opole.pl .

Summer University Schedule

Our programme covers more than 80 hours of classes, workshops and activities. All in-class activities are divided into two major parts. The core module that focuses on practical English is the same for all participants and will develop your speaking and listening skills in the academic environment. The second part includes special purpose modules where students can learn English within the context and in the atmosphere that suit their respective study profiles or personal interests. Additionally, each participant will be able to join afternoon and weekend activities.

Practical English with elements of academic English The aim of the course is to help students achieve fluency in discussing various topics concerning daily and university life and to enable them to express and exchange ideas concerning various issues; to familiarize students with certain terms, idiomatic expressions and grammatical constructions that aim at improving their ability to express themselves well; to broaden speaking, writing, listening and reading skills by introducing specific vocabulary and grammatical forms to develop students’ confidence in communicating in English. Here you can find the syllabus for the course.

The elective courses are aimed at extending your knowledge of English in the specific context of various academic subjects and disciplines. You select one course, most suitable for you.  The proposed topics cover the following areas:

1. Academic English – this programme is aimed at improving various academic skills, like reading, writing, note-taking, or text analysis. Focus on those important skills will allow you to build your vocabulary, learn grammar as well as other useful techniques and later be fluent in oral presentations, project proposals, demonstrations or talks in the classroom setting. The course will also help you in various kinds of writing – essays, literature reviews, or theses. Syllabus for the programme.

2. Intercultural competence & communication profile offers practical and theoretical workshops about dialogue and conflict in cultures of the 21st century. In the times of mass movements of people  from various  cultural and national backgrounds around the world, after the great migration from the country to the city and in the era of the internet and social media, both communication and good understanding of others is a highly valuable skill. This module has been designed to help you apply and broaden those skills. All this with tact and sensibility that will help intercultural interactions within one or between many countries.

3. Legal, administrative and organisational profile. Institutions, organizations, business models, management strategies are the building blocks of today’s corporate cultures. To know the jargon and also be aware of the basic components of the professional, official life of the modern times, one should know the regulations behind typical professional situations. This module is a must for those who study business, management or legal issues and want to explore them, learning the specialist language in the meantime.

4. The social science will help you understand society and the basic rules concerning social interaction. You will learn about the main concepts in social sciences and standard vocabulary in the field. Sociological imagination workshop will stimulate critical thinking and creative approach to the social worlds. The methods include group-work, based on case studies developed by the students themselves. We will have a critical look at different phenomena of today: migrations, diversity and various dimensions of inequalities, including class and gender but also the power relations in the social media. The course will touch upon the social scientist’s toolbox: various methodologies, including arts based research and autoethnography. This module is designed for all students interested in better understanding of human interaction in the contemporary world. The workshops will be taught by professors of sociology and political science.

5. English in science profile will focus on developing students’ vocabulary and grammar used in the natural sciences (including medical sciences), chemistry and physics. Classes will involve practical exercises but also demonstrations and visits to labs and experimental facilities. They will be designed to make students more relaxed and competent in their use of English within the contexts created by modern science.

6. Art and literature profile will stimulate the students’ creativity and increase the knowledge of language in today’s visual arts and literature. The profile will be divided into two parts. The first part will be taught at the Faculty of Art and will cover some practical activities and actions involving creative work (drawing, painting, ceramics, etc.) adjusted to the needs and abilities of students. The second part fill explore the power of literature and will consist of close reading and analysis of selected fragments of literary works in English. As in the case of the arts classes, the level and topics of the discussed literary material will be adjusted to individual needs of the students.

7. The art projects module offers a series of workshops about the art and/in public spaces. It will start with a brief history of contemporary, conceptual art with inspiring examples and interpretations. It will later focus on the discussion of the most recent performative and engaged arts projects. The course will look at the cityscape and different public spaces and conclude with interactive art projects in Opole with students’ involvement. The classes are held at the Faculty of Art where you can work with different media, photo, illustration, painting, printmaking and video and prepare your own pieces. The work will be conducted in the studios and will be rich in the concepts and specialist vocabulary in order to help you engage in the discussion and actual making of art.

8. Introduction to the Polish language and culture module is an offer to students interested in the local language, customs and daily lives. Polish is the sixth language of the European Union, spoken by more than 45 million people, 38 million of which live in Poland. It is expanding around the world. Poles have traveled and migrated for centuries, so you can meet them nearly everywhere. The knowledge of Polish will open your eyes and ears to other related Slavic languages, for example Czech, Slovak, and Russian. The course gives you a chance to learn about the history of Opole and the Opole region and get to know its complicated, multicultural past and present. Syllabus for the programme.

Please note that for the elective course to be launched we will need a minimum of 12 participants

Workshops will allow you to practice and expand your communicative skills beyond the classroom environment in natural, spontaneous situations. They will involve such activities as cooking classes, photography workshops, sightseeing trips, as well as meetings with interesting people. The programme also includes a two-day trip to Kraków (Poland’s ancient capital) and a one-day excursion to Wrocław.

Syllabi

Practical English with elements of academic English

Academic English

Introduction to the Polish language and culture

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