Cześć, I am Luiza. Polish writer – writing exercise books for foreigners studying Polish.
Let me tell you something. It is a myth that every teacher at the beginning of their career knows all the grammar basics. Well, maybe some people will be surprised. Before I started teaching Polish in 2016, I didn’t completely understand the grammar rules of the Polish language. I knew how to write or say a sentence correctly, but how to explain it to those who are just beginning their adventure with Polish?
Planning, repeating, learning grammar rules regularly and always being one step ahead with exercises gave me an advantage and confidence.
My one concern was how to present the rules to my students in the easiest way.
Use Words in Polish is a series of two self-study books for intermediate learners. It is also an additional help for teachers who are looking for additional tasks for their classes.
The book itself is not a textbook for the class. It only focuses on grammar and not on receptive or productive skills.
I think this is a great book for teaching but also for self-study.
About the book
The instructions and explanations are fairly self-explanatory. And each chapter has the same structure. It is easy to become familiar with the layout. By design, the book is for intermediate, but there are mentions for the basic level. The books have everything you need to converse at a reasonable level. The only thing missing from the books are the past, future, and present tenses. There will be another book on these topics in the near future. Because it is a complex context.
These books are written in two languages, Polish and English. Because Polish grammar has many strict rules that need to be understood. The English language is there to help you understand. The Polish language is there to give you the basic knowledge so that you’re learning will bear fruit. Both books have over 20 chapters. Each chapter takes up at least two to four pages. In the chapters, there is a page dedicated to language issues and explanations, followed by a practice page that helps you practice newly introduced vocabulary and language issues.
A typical chapter looks like:
– an explanation of the topic and the circumstances in which the structure is used
– examples with the given structure
– an example usage situation, often with illustrations
– exercises after the theoretical part, which are arranged in the same order as the theoretical part
– creative exercises at the end of the chapter
I use this book in various combinations. I choose individual topics that I need for a particular topic. Or I use the whole chapter or choose several exercises. Sometimes I choose one topic and do a lesson to practice pronunciation and conversation.