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EVENTS ORGANISED BY KLUB DIALOGU

FILM FRIDAY IS ALREADY OUR TRADITION

… and our passion! These are cyclical meetings organised for students by the Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU, during which we present Polish films with English subtitles. These films are important for social, political and/or cultural reasons, and thanks to them we try to show our students the history, tradition and mentality of Poles over the last 70 years.

In 2020 and 2021, we had the opportunity to present to our students such films as ‘Corpus Christi’ directed by Jan Komasa – a film nominated for an Oscar, dealing with the issues of morality; good and evil in relation to living conditions and situations. ‘Jasminum’ (directed by J.J. Kolski) tells a mysterious and magical story, full of romance, scents, and light. In this story about monks, people, buildings and smells have their secrets. ‘Man – Woman Wanted’ – is a great comedy by the great director – Stanisław Bareja – showing the life of Poles during the communist era. ‘Vabank’ – an excellent Polish crime comedy directed by Juliusz Machulski, gives an insight into the life and urban planning of the city of Łódź in the 1980s. ‘Maids of Wilka’, directed by Andrzej Wajda, is a psychological film nominated for an Oscar in the non-English-language film category. The return of the main character to the countryside revives memories and old feelings, forcing you to reflect on your fate. ‘Wałęsa, Man of Hope’ – is a film telling the history of great political changes in Poland after 1980, which ended with the fall of communism in 1989 in Poland, and at the same time changed world politics forever …

Each time, FILM FRIDAY attracted great interest among students who were eager to participate in these meetings both at school and online. These events are a unique adventure into the past – a person from another country can better understand mechanisms and lifestyle in Poland, which greatly facilitates acclimatisation in a new country. Each screening of a film is preceded by a short overview of the background of its creation, the director’s idea and the message that the film carries with it. During these exciting meetings, we not only watch movies, but also discuss, finding similarities and differences in comparison to other countries. FILM FRIDAY is also an excellent activity within learning the Polish language, supplementing Polish courses at the school.

Join us!

Many students have already found out that the Polish Language School KLUB DIALOGU is an extraordinary place where they do extraordinary things! SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES is a new project in which school employees got involved. Its purpose is to resist the mistreatment of refugees and to help to the best of our ability. We, the employees of KLUB DIALOGU, which is not only an educational institution, a school of Polish as a foreign language, but also a place for meetings, conversations, and exchange of experiences between people from different continents and cultures, cannot accept breaking the law, international conventions, and situations where refugees’ medical, material or asylum applications are refused. We also cannot accept hate speech and violence against people of other nationalities.

The actions we have taken so far include: participation in the ‘Stop Torture on the Border’ protest march and undertaking the project of writing and reading letters of support from foreigners who, for various reasons, found themselves in Poland and have a different status of stay in our country (read further here >>).

But that’s not all! In December, we plan to organise a ‘Collection of necessities’ (cleaning products, clothes, food), which will be donated to appropriate foundations to help. With our help, we also want to support one refugee to whom KLUB DIALOGU will provide a scholarship to learn Polish as part of the ‘Solidarity in Education’ program.

If you would like to join us – don’t hesitate! Any help is appreciated. You can bring items to the fundraiser, help with packing, or make a donation to the scholarship. Maybe together we can help more than one person in linguistic and cultural assimilation! Vouchers can be purchased at the school office or by making a bank transfer with the title Solidarity in Education’.

We could not miss the Sunday (17.10) march – protest: Stop torture at the border! A march of solidarity with refugees, which started at 2pm from the Charles de Gaulle roundabout, commonly known as the palm tree roundabout. It isn’t a coincidence that this was the place chosen by the organisers of the march. This exotic tree standing on the ‘Royal Route’ (Trakt Królewski) came about in December 2002 as an artistic project by Joanna Rajkowska, who wanted to commemorate the Jewish population, once inhabiting much of Warsaw, and from whom the name of Aleje Jerozolimskie Street (Jerusalem Avenues) was derived. The palm was also, according to the artist, a symbol of openness towards others.

We, employees of KLUB DIALOGU, which is not only an educational institution, the Polish language school for foreigners, but also a place for meetings, conversations, and exchange of experiences between people from different continents and cultures, cannot accept violations of the law and international conventions and situations where medical aid for refugees is refused, risking their health and even death.

Walking along the streets of Warsaw (ROUTE: Rondo de Gaulle’a, Plac Trzech Krzyży, Sejm, Plac Konstytucji, Metro Centrum), in a walk lasting over two hours, we wanted to show that we are in solidarity with the fate of people suffering at the borders and we believe that you should always protest when someone is hurt, or deprived of a chance for a normal life just because they were born in a country affected by war or other humanitarian crisis.

We also want to thank OUR STUDENTS who were with us at the protest. Thanks to them, we can learn tolerance and openness. Thank you for the lessons you teach us and for being there! When matters are important to us, let’s be together!

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US!

Saying goodbye to summer is never easy, and summer 2021 is already behind us.  Luckily, after a one-year break, we managed to organise a summer calendar full of KLUB DIALOGU events.  Despite the worldwide pandemic, many difficulties and limitations, we spent this time very intensively and effectively, and the return of our side events sweetened us even more than usual!  So what’s so special about this summer?

At the end of June, our intensive Polish language courses began, which are liked and sought after by students who need a faster pace of learning.  These courses are very demanding and oblige you to work independently from home, but they give you really great results!  However, learning Polish every day does not have to be difficult, boring or tiring!  The pleasant summer weather allowed us to go outside the classroom as part of the lesson.  We were at the park, at the market, at the cafe, and at Hala Mirowska to buy ingredients for the rest of the lesson where we cooked in Polish!  After all, the goal of learning Polish is to use it every day, in various situations, not only with a course book in hand!

During the summer holidays, there were also regular group Polish language courses, as well as individual lessons, the nature and frequency of which depend entirely on the student’s needs.

We love to see our school full of students with happy faces, filled with the desire to learn Polish!  We have also become experts in conducting online classes, offering online group Polish language courses and individual online lessons to meet the needs of all our students.  We have introduced hybrid courses that allow lessons to continue even when a student was absent due to going on vacation. The beauty of online and hybrid classes is that they can be joined from anywhere! 

Traditionally, the Polish Language School for Foreigners KLUB DIALOGU invited its students with their family and friends to additional summer events aimed at integrating and sharing everyday life in Poland.  The interest in the events exceeded our wildest expectations!  As every year, together with students and friends, we celebrated another birthday of KLUB DIALOGU.  More than 40 people came to share this special date with us!  Thank you very much!  The following Saturday, there was a canoeing trip on the Pilica River near Warsaw.  Beautiful, sunny weather, playing volleyball on the beach and a barbecue gave everyone a lot of needed energy for the next week.  In addition, we visited the Night Market to enjoy street food and card games, had a lovely evening at a Silent Disco, had a great time in an intense phonetics workshop and exercised our bodies in a cheerful atmosphere while playing bowling.  What’s more, we hosted our regular meetings: ‘Film Piąteczek’, during which we watch Polish films with English subtitles and discuss Polish culture, tradition and mentality of Poles.  We love these events because they give the opportunity not only to show our life, but also learn a lot of interesting things about other cultures, and our students come here from all over the world!

This summer we welcomed many new students who came to us from the USA, Argentina, Israel, Iran, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany and Great Britain!  Moreover, we also enjoyed the time we spent on our own vacations.  This summer, our employees visited, among others, Italy and Sicily, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Slovenia, and of course they had a great time in Poland and in Warsaw itself.

Summer will be over soon.  But life at KLUB DIALOGU school goes on!  🙂 We are fully ready, full of energy and new passion to teach our Polish language!

As every year, during the summer, KLUB DIALOGU, in addition to learning Polish as a foreign language, offers a lot of attractions and unique events for its students.

– ‘It’s an intense time, also for us’ – comments Dorota Maszkiewicz, school director. ‘Beautiful weather, the start of summer, intensive Polish language courses, lazy evenings – are conducive to evening trips to the Wisła River, dancing in a club, or enjoying a Polish film outdoors (with English subtitles). One of our special events was the annual canoeing trip, which was attended by 35 students (some brought their families along too!)’

Thanks to the school events, students have the opportunity to learn about the life and lifestyle of Poles in Warsaw, make new acquaintances, and sometimes long-term friendships, or just generally time to enjoy yourself.

Although the summer holidays for the Polish Language School KLUB DIALOGU started at the end of June, we are planning some extraordinary events until the end of August, including: bowling, tango at SPATiF, volleyball on the beach by the Wisła River, and a Chopin concert in the Łazienki park.

We welcome you to come!

STATE CERTIFICATE IN POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, what is it and how to get it?

Why do people even want to learn Polish? – there are a million reasons, and each person has their “own”. However, regardless of personal reasons, as many as 60 million people in the world use the Polish language, of which around 38 million live in Poland. The rest can be found in USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Brazil and Australia, to name a few. This shows that it is worth learning Polish regardless of whether you live in Poland or abroad.

An important aspect of learning is checking your knowledge and approach to the State Exam for Certificate confirming knowledge of Polish as a foreign language. This exam can be taken at levels B1, B2 and C1, and recently A2 level has been added.

What are the reasons for taking the State Certificate exam? Again – there are many, but it is enough to mention the most important:

Of course, you can also mention the satisfaction of your own achievements!

KLUB DIALOGU School has been preparing its students for passing this exam for many years. How are we doing this?

First of all, the entire curriculum in KLUB DIALOGU is precisely structured. At each stage of learning, the student receives comprehensive knowledge necessary for later, during the exam.

Before the exam, the School organises specialist courses preparing for the exam, and last but not least – KLUB DIALOGU School is an Examination Centre, which means that it has the right to conduct an exam for the B1 State Certificate.

Agata, our teacher and methodologist with over 7 years of experience in teaching Polish and a foreign language knows exactly what it’s like to teach Polish on levels from complete beginner (A0) to more advanced (C1). She, just like all of us, is proud that we’re a Centre of Examination. “All our courses, starting from A0, through A1, A2 and B1 levels, are led taking into account exam requirements, and the fact that students can learn towards B1 and B2 levels in order to pass the exam. What’s more, we have additional courses that solely prepare students towards the B1 exam. This course is appropriate for those students who have already reached B1 level and are preparing for the exam; the course goes through all aspects that can be expected on the exam itself – grammar, speaking, reading, writing and listening. Many of our students have already passed this exam, which is something we are so proud of!”

One of the people that passed the B1 certificate in 2020 is Julia. Julia said the following when she was asked about her experience at KLUB DIALOGU and about the exam itself:

“I will start with the fact that I like to learn foreign languages, and the Polish language course is not my first challenge. I really enjoyed the general Polish language course. Well-established, friendly relations in the group and great teachers were of great importance here. But it was time to prepare for the exam, so I had to change the nature of the class. I started a preparatory course. I believe, that  exam preparation is important and necessary. Classes were easy and natural. In the preparatory process we went through almost all common exam tasks. Now not only do I advise, but I also strongly recommend a similar preparation course to successfully pass the exam.”

Sandra, an experienced teacher of KLUB DIALOGU has led courses that specifically prepare for the B1 examination. When asked about whether running such a course is different to other courses, she explained: “The course is dedicated to students who want to take the B1 exam, so the structure of the course should differ from the one used for regular courses. Classes are longer, and all the exam elements are gone through each lesson.” She added with a smile, “Perhaps students are more tolerant of the language itself and are able to accept most of the language exceptions that appear at this level.”

When asked if she enjoys running these kinds of courses, and whether there’s a greater sense of pressure to ensure students to well to learn and remember everything to pass the exam, she expressed that, “students at this level are already able to speak the language really well. This allows you to conduct cool discussions or even take up controversial topics. Positive reinforcement always works, but the most important thing is the student’s attitude and personal commitment.”

It is worth mentioning that using any additional learning tools, such as quizzes, role-playing, field exercises, etc. work on all levels, and it’s important to make classes as lively and interesting as possible, no matter if it’s a course to prepare for an exam or not.

So, once the exam session comes round and students who have learnt with us take it, we are eagerly waiting for the news of how it went. Just like all of us, Sandra explained how when we get the news that students have passed the exam, it’s a really great feeling, for them, but also for us! “It is a great pleasure to receive such information from students. There are usually also thank you emails that greatly motivate you to continue working, and student results arouse admiration and satisfaction.”

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June, 19th (Friday), 6 PM

FREE  OF CHARGE, TRIAL LESSON

You have probably thought very deeply about taking up Polish, because you know that this is something that can level you up in everyday life in Poland.

It usually takes some time, however, to transform that thought into… performance.

During free of charge, trial lesson we demonstrate that the Polish language is not as difficult as it`s said to be and you will develop many useful skills.

No one achieves mastery alone. You need a teacher. A coach. Just come. Ask your questions. Together we’ll determine if it’s right for you!

Are you keen on films? Would you like to immerse in the Polish culture and mentality? We have something for you!

Come and discover the feeling of Polish films. You will learn more about them from the introduction before the film, as well as the discussion after the screening. This is an important element of Polish culture and history, thanks to which you will better understand and accept (?) Poles’ behaviour and mentality.

Keep an eye on our Funpage to get to know more!

We love to spend time with our students and staff outside of the classroom and immerse ourselves in Polish culture, fun activities and social gatherings. During summertime, we put a huge emphasis on this and create our summer events calendar. From June until August we embarked on adventures such as canoeing, that takes place with us on the first Saturday of July each year, bowling, beach volleyball and a Chopin concert, not to mention our 3 year ‘new’ KLUB DIALOGU anniversary and dancing events hosted by our talented students.

Our summer kicked off with the anniversary party, where we celebrated 3 years of new ownership with Viola and Piotr. We always endeavour to get everyone as involved as possible, and learn more about one another; the main attraction of this evening was our ‘students have talent’ round where there were 3 teams of students and the game consisted of different categories, such as ‘advertisements’ where different products had to be advertised (it was really amazing!), ‘karaoke’ and ‘tongue twisters’. Our panel of judges had to award points to each team based on their performance.

Next we ventured on our 3rd annual canoeing trip. We canoed down the beautiful river Wkra for around 2 hours. Once we reached our destination we ate a grill, talked all together and played volleyball. These canoeing days have always been a big success and we always go home with new friendships made.

Klub SPATiF is a trendy bar with a large patio where they host evening events and we went to see the enchanting Mała Orkiestra Dancingowa and dance to their beautiful music – songs about Warsaw. We also went to watch a Chopin concert in the Łazienki Park – classic Polish culture that can be taken in whilst sunbathing on the grass in one of the most famous parks in Poland.

An event we’ve hosted before, bowling was a big success. We love the enthusiasm, energy and commitment our students show, not only in the classroom but at the bowling alley as well! When we went to play volleyball on the beach by the Wisła river, it was Poland vs. the rest of the world and Poland maintained its victory! We also like to go for a drink after some events to talk in a calm setting and relax on a summer evening. Warsaw is jam-packed with little pubs and bars, and it’s usually our students who show us their favourite ones to go to!

Last but not least, two of our students, Deize and William, from Brazil and Cuba respectively, taught us how to dance samba and bachata dancing and we later used our skills to dance until dawn in a club in town. What an experience! We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much diversity and have the opportunity to learn all about different cultures whilst sharing all about our own.

Easter is another time that our Polish language school for foreigners wants to share with our students. On Saturday 13th April workshops took place at two levels, A0-A1 and A2-B1, during which we talked about the tradition of celebrating Easter in Poland and in other Christian countries. What was very interesting for everyone was our custom ŚMIGUS DYNGUS, or pouring water on Easter Monday (more on this soon). Participants also shared facts about traditions from their countries, including: Brazil, Great Britain, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and Vietnam. There was a lot of laughter and fun, but also some new Polish language knowledge. In addition, our students prepared Easter cards and cut coloured baskets out of paper, decorating our school with their works! Thank you!