Proseminars and English Tutorials - registration

The online registration for elective courses in the Department of English Studies will take place from 29th September till 2nd October 2017. In order to register, students will have to login to USOS system with login details received during recruitment stage.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found below.
Students enrol to three courses in “Proseminars” (These are introductory courses for MA seminars, which will start in semester 2).
Warning! Some of the courses overlap, therefore we advise you to check the timetable in order to avoid collision.
Registration for “Prosemiars” will commence on Friday 29th September at 8pm and will close on Monday 2nd October at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: .
The students who were not assigned to course Practical English – Additional course (students in groups 4, 5, 6) choose one English Tutorial (Konwersatorium anglistyczne).
Registration for “English Tutorials” will commence on Friday 29th September at 9pm and will close on Monday 2nd October at 11.59pm. In order to register students access the following website:
There are limits in number of students in groups. In case of denied access to the group, please make alternative choice.



1. Prof. A. Wicher, A proseminar concerning the basic notions of religious and mythological studies as they can be applied to literary analysis
The course is intended to achieve the following objectives :
- Providing basic introductory information concerning the writing of a master thesis.
- The promotion of students’ awareness of the basic problems connected with anglophone fantastic literature.
- The exploration of the fundamental categories of religious and mythological studies.
- The development of students’ ability to interpret exemplary texts representing fantastic (or, occasionally, realistic) literature.

2. dr J. Kruczkowska, Ireland and the Environment
The proseminar looks at Ireland’s creative approach to natural environment and at its reception in literature, film and art. It touches upon elements of Celtic mythology and folklore related to the environment as well as ecological problems of modern Ireland and ensuing social issues. The background to the discussed works is provided by non-fiction writings by Michael Viney and Tim Robinson. Most of the course is devoted to the culture of Irish islands, starting with sea-related myths, through insular mentality, social and cultural problems of islanders (emigration, decline of the Irish language, evictions, dependence on diaspora, dangers of sea-related professions), to environmental change (including film making in natural reserves), limits on fisheries, and oceanography as the future of Ireland’s investment in the sea. Two separate meetings focus on the Northern Irish Nobelist Seamus Heaney and his mythologised perception of nature in the socio-political context (the conflict in Northern Ireland).

3. dr M. Cieślak, From Bestsellers to Blockbusters – Adapting Literature for Cinema
The course will focus on the strategies which are used in adapting canonical literature for mainstream cinema and television. Basing on recent approaches to film and adaptation studies students will confront cultural interpretations of selected texts with their cinematic and televised version. The course will examine how dated texts of the so-called canon of English-language literature are reinterpreted in the contemporary contexts.
The adaptations will be confronted with their sources on both formal and interpretative levels. The perspective of remediation will help to see how texts travel across media and time. The perspective of cultural appropriation, a vital element of adaptations that update the sources and localize them in specific time and space, will help to look at major interpretative changes to illustrate how directors attempt at accommodating outdated issues for contemporary audiences.
The films to be analysed include: Robert Zemeckis's famously animated Beowulf with Anthony Hopkins as Hrothgar and Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother; a Shakespearean offshoot – She's the Man, an adaptation of Twelfth Night; James McAvoy vs. Michael Fassbender in two distinctly difference adaptations of Macbeth; a cinema classic from the 90s, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula starring Gary Oldman as the Count; and selected episodes of the BBC hit, Sherlock

4. prof. J. Jarniewicz, Words and Pictures
The course will be devoted the discussion of the relationship of words and images. We will look at selected works by modern British, Irish and American authors who approach images in their writing: paintings, as well as photographs. We shall try to see what happens when pictures are described, turned into stories, spoken to or made to speak, addressing also the problem of rendering the relationship between words and pictures in terms of the politics of gender. We shall also discuss texts-as-images, texts to be seen rather than read, and the various ways in which words and images co-exist in graphic novels, comic books, and picture-books.

5. dr hab. D. Filipczak, Women as Authors and Literary Characters
The course will focus on female characters in the works of 20th c. writers in English-speaking countries. The materials will be provided by the lecturer. The course will include excerpts from fiction by British, Canadian and Australian authors. We will analyze the way women are shown in the novels by male and female writers. We will also look at the characters of female artists/writers in fiction. Assessment will be based on performance during the class and final presentation focusing on the selected texts

6. dr hab. J. Maszewska, The American Short Story in the 19th  and the 20th Centuries
The American short story, which developed in the 19th century, has been considered a characteristic American literary genre, well suited for rendering the diversity of American culture, as well as its fragmentary nature. American writers have been experimenting with the form of the short story, adapting it to the requirements of the current social and political situation and to the requirements of the aesthetic movements influential in the United States. The concise form of the short story has allowed American authors to present the experiences of both mainstream Americans and ethnic groups in the United States. Short stories by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe,  Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Ernest Gaines, Alice Walker and others  will be read and discussed, together with selected critical texts.

7. dr hab. Z. Maszewski, The American Southwest in Literature, Fine Arts and Film
This class is intended to discuss characteristic features of the region of the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California) in  literature, fine arts and film.  Course content will include: The American Southwest as a distinct region of the United States – its history and geography; The Southwest as a meeting ground of various cultures; Major Chicana/o writers;
The Southwest in selected short stories of “mainstream” American writers; The Southwest in visual arts: Georgia O’Keefe and others; The Southwest in film; Social and political issues in cultural texts concerning the Southwest

8. dr J. Fruzińska, American lit goes to the movies: film adaptations of American works
The proseminar will provide students with some theory of film adaptation, and will be devoted to analyzing selected American novels and short stories, as well as comparing them with their film adaptations. We shall have a look at works by F.S. Fitzgerald, Henry James, Sherman Alexie, Raymond Carver, or Vladimir Nabokov. Students’ grade will be based on their participation in the discussion of texts read at home and films watched in class, as well as a final essay.

9. dr hab. E. Waniek-Klimczak, Researching English Pronunciation
Pronunciation, an element of the language system which makes it possible to use spoken language, is often believed to be neglected in the process of teaching English. With intelligibility and fluency rather and native-like accent treated as an important goal in a communicative approach to language teaching, the need for pronunciation instruction has been questioned. This course aims to discuss pronunciation of English from the perspective of research into its characteristics and the effectiveness with which it can be taught. Concepts such as accentedness, intelligibility, comprehensibility, fluency and accuracy will form the basis for further investigation into the way in which the pronunciation has been and can be researched in native and non-native language contexts. 
Some of the questions that we will tackle are the following: Is it possible to be intelligible / comprehensible without a native-like accent? What makes pronunciation intelligible / comprehensible? Is it possible to learn / teach pronunciation at different age? What is the relationship between accuracy and fluency? Is focus-on-form needed in pronunciation instruction? What does research say? How can we contribute?

10. dr hab. P. Krakowian, Proseminar in Language Testing and Evaluation
This seminar is designed to prompt the needs of those students who see themselves in the future as educators and/or instructors who may have responsibilities for language testing and evaluation as part of their professional duties. It aims at providing the students with a rudimentary introduction to language test design, construction and evaluation, as well as research design in evaluating practice, to ensure that the testing and evaluation practice  that will most likely engage in the contexts of their professional lives follow up to date and state of the art standards. The seminar will provide opportunities to develop test items and evaluation tasks and allow the application of the principles of language testing validity, reliability and practicality to link coursework and dissertation on issues based on real testing and evaluation data. It will also introduce the relevant computer technology, both in the form of experting systems as well as online and CAT testing systems.

11. dr hab. I. Witczak-Plisiecka, Discourse and speech actions - theory put into practice
This class focuses on speech actions – functional units of language with the aim to show their role in one’s native language and in the context of teaching English. The course is adressed to students interested in the nature of meaning in natural language, which includes face-to-face interaction, but also interaction found in fiction, multimodal contexts, professional settings (e.g. the language used in the English classroom, in legal and medical contexts), and in the context of teaching EFL with emphasis on functional units (e.g. interpragmatic problems of mastering selected English language-based speech acts at different levels, e.g. of the acts of requesting, complimenting, thanking, apologising, and specific forms, e.g. the multidimensional difference between “Excuse me” and “Sorry”, etc.). The course puts emphasis on the fact that language is primarily used to perform action, i.e. use of language can often be best perceived as action (saying = doing things). The students will be provided with an overview of different approaches to this phenomenon withn linguistics and invited to consider the varied relations between form and function in discourse, e.g. in institutional settings as in the language of the classroom, in legal contexts, in contexts where literal meaning of words contradicts the message, e.g. while lying or being ironic or sarcastic, in medited language, and in translation. All theoretical issues will be illustrated with sample research tasks and will be backed with class exercises. The methods used in class can be further used in future MA projects (the use of corpus methodology is an option).

12. prof. A. Kwiatkowska, Language in communication
This course is an introduction to an MA seminar that will focus on various aspects of verbal communication, relating theory to everyday experiences. The areas of interest in both courses will include such topics as: elements of the process of communication, the channels and media of communication; dialects, registers, and styles; gender and cultural differences; language in interaction: positive and negative communicative behaviours; barriers to communication; public and mass communication: strategies of persuasion and influencing people in advertising, politics, and the media; the language of humour and emotions; non-verbal means of expression complementing verbal communication.

13. dr hab. K. Kosecki, Language, Culture, and Communication
The proseminar is intended for students interested in the language-culture interface approached from the perspective of Cognitive Linguistics. We will define language and culture, and – adopting a cross-cultural perspective – discuss how speakers of diverse languages, e.g. English, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and others make sense of fundamental aspects of culture. We will also analyse the cultural turn in translation and see how the knowledge of culture can contribute to translator’s competence.

14. dr hab. S. Goźdź-Roszkowski, Evaluation and stance(taking) in discourse communication and translation
This course introduces students to the crucial concept of evaluation, its different conceptualizations and the various ways in which it can applied in real-life communicative contexts including the comparative and translational perspectives. The course includes a theoretical outline of a particular area followed by case studies in order to present the phenomenon of evaluation from various angles and to demonstrate the methodologies which might be fruitfully employed to investigate it.

15. prof. P. Cap, Pragmatics of Public Communication
This course describes the current state of research in the field of linguistic pragmatics seen in the broad sense of a functional perspective on language and communication. It accounts for issues of persuasion, propaganda and legitimization in the space of public discourse, as well as describes manipulation strategies in political communication. The course includes a wide variety of topics developing students’ theoretical and practical expertise within the following areas: application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; misunderstandings; humor, etc.); status of pragmatics in relation to such disciplines as sociolinguistics, anthropology, social psychology, experimental psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitivism and culture studies; methodology of pragmatic investigation and parameters of analysis (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts, politeness, relevance); implementation of pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching.

16. dr hab. M. Dynel, Theoretical pragmatics and the discourse of (new) media entertainment
The weekly meetings centre on the teacher’s presentation of select notions, teacher-student discussions and in-group discussions, all based on the materials (handouts) prepared by the teacher. The topics encompass a range of linguistic concepts addressed in pragmatics, with the focus being on conversational data taken from the media and new media. Topics: Introduction to pragmatics: concepts and approaches, The Gricean model of communication, Dyadic vs. multi-party interactions, Different hearer roles in media discourse, Impoliteness, Lying and deception, Irony, Metaphor in interaction, Nonverbal communication and levels of meaning, Humour types, Humour theory, New cognitive-pragmatic approaches to humour, Taboo words, Trolling

17 dr hab. J. Nijakowska, Capitalizing on individual learner differences: research and teaching practices
This course is devoted to selected topics in applied linguistics research relevant to language teaching and learning, with emphasis on individual learner differences in instructed second language acquisition. The course focuses on specific examples of approaches, methods and research areas in the field of Second Language Acquisition and the contribution research makes to the enrichment of second language teaching. It confronts research outcomes and theoretical knowledge, regarding for instance beliefs, motivation, anxiety, self-efficacy, learning strategies, specific learning difficulties as well as student-centred, differentiated, individualized and inclusive learning environment, with their practical applications in the classroom. The course aims to develop an ability to characterize, make comparisons, critically evaluate and reflect on issues, problems, research findings, and existing teaching practices used in teaching foreign languages to students demonstrating various learning characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.

English Tutorials:

1. dr A. Rasmus, Cult British Films
Most of you are probably familiar with such acclaimed British films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Love Actually, The King's Speech, James Bond or the Harry Potter series. These titles are what we usually associate with British cinema: famous actors, costume dramas, iconic historical figures, great literature, stylishness, dead-pan humour and romance. Whereas they definitely represent British cinema globally, there exist other titles that for generations have excited the British public and critics but without the accolades of the above mentioned globally successful productions. Made on modest budgets, these quirky, often unpolished, bitter-sweet tales with unexpected endings and unusual story-lines have gathered a smaller but nonetheless very dedicated group of followers. The aim of this course is to familiarise you with these lesser known titles that over the years have found their way to the heart of British and often global public. What makes a cult film and what creates fandom? So, if you want to be Bedazzled, Get Carter, do The Italian Job, meet The Wicker Man, Peeping Tom, and The Man Who Fell to Earth, join the class to find out about the “other” side of British cinema, culture and society.

2. dr hab. D. Filipczak,
The course will focus on the 20th c. literary genres and discourses and the way they refigure literary tradition.  The course will include excerpts from fiction by English-speaking authors. We will analyze the following phenomena: dystopia, multimodal novel, rewriting, life writing, trauma discourse etc. Assessment will be based on performance during the class and final presentation focusing on selected texts

3. prof. Ł. Bogucki, Modes and Modalities of Audiovisual Translation
The course is part of the Institute’s offer addressed to those students who wish to explore audiovisual translation, comprising subtitling, dubbing, voice-over, audio-description, etc. The seminar is geared at presenting the particular types of audiovisual translation, with special reference to its intersemiotic character and the relations between picture and dialogue in audiovisual material.