Bernadeta Kaminska

Affiliated LecturersM.A., Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (Poland)

Bernadeta Kaminska



Polish language and culture

Undergraduate Courses

POL 312K "Second-Year Polish I"

Course Description 

Second-Year Polish continues the exploration of  the language of a vibrant nation which is  the geographical center of Europe.  The course will emphasize proficiency in contemporary Polish: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Second Year Polish seeks to integrate knowledge of the culture and society of contemporary Poland with the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary.  Classroom activities will focus on meaningful communication, and will be supplemented with Polish film and video material.

POL 506 First Year Polish I

This course is the first semester of the Polish language instruction.

This course will be of assistance in mastering grammar, the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and Polish culture.

REE 325 "Third-Year Polish I"

Course description:           

 This course is the fifth semester of Polish   language studies.

Students will practice and enhance their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

The subjects in this course relate to every -day life and illustrate the reality of life in Poland.

This course will increase students’ ability to function in Polish and help them understand and appreciate Polish culture.

 Prerequisites: POL 312L or consent of instructor

SLA 301/REE 301 "Introduction to Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies"

Course Description:

 Introduction to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through each of the major disciplines represented in the program: language, literature, anthropology, geography, history, government, sociology, and economics.  Core course required for a degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Meets with SLA 301 and GRG 309. May not be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for any Bachelor’s degree. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


 1.Slavenka Draculic, 2005, They Would Never Hurt a Fly, Penguin

 2. Heda Kovaly, 1997, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968. New York: Holmes and Meier

3. Brigid Pastulka, 2009, A Long Time Ago and Essentially True, Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

4. Bella Bychkova Jordan and Terry G Jordan-Bychkov, 2001, Siberian Village: Land and Life in the Sakha Republic, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Additional readings might be recommended for individual lectures.