Bernadeta Kaminska

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

Bernadeta Kaminska



Polish language and culture

Polish Courses

We are offering First and Second Year Polish!  Please, contact Bernadeta Kaminska regarding placement.

See what my students are saying about Polish courses at UT.

"Famous American writer Henry Miller described the Polish language as such: "Polish...puts me in ecstasy. The sound of the language evokes strange images of...fine spiked grass in which hornets and snakes play a great part. I never knew what they were talking about but it always seemed to me as if they were politely assassinating someone." The Polish language is one of the most beautiful. Bernadeta Kaminska's Polish class is a delight to be a part of and by the end of the first year, students are already able to converse in a variety of situations. Far from memorizing boring grammatical tables, Polish class involves fun roleplays and interactive plots in which students practice their language skills by describing delicious recipes, reading fairy tales, and even writing fake dating profiles. The Polish language is an invitation card to a vibrant culture that still flourishes today, and major Polish cities such as Kraków are breathtaking yet inexpensive tourist destinations for the adventurous traveler."  Lucy

"Learning Polish has been not only personally rewarding for me, in that it has helped me to connect deeper with my family's cultural and ethnic heritage, it has also been extremely useful for (minor) comprehension of other Slavic languages. Through studying Polish, I am able to read and comprehend some Czech, and has even helped to strengthen my already advanced Russian language grammar. I have found learning Polish especially useful when faced with Western Slavic slogans and citations included in scholarly works." Rebekah

"Our Polish class is small so everyone gets to know each other and it makes participation and learning much easier and more fun. Come learn Polish with us!" Tatjana

"Polish is easily my favorite course, despite it not being a part of my major. The material is engaging, the professor is absolutely phenomenal, and class is always fun." Jazz




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.