Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
ABOUT THE FACULTY
One of the most spectacular collection of the world’s languages can be found at the Faculty of Modern Languages where students speak, read and write in some 30+ languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Vietnamese, Swahili and practically all European languages currently in use.
The vastness of academic offer here is astounding: prospective students may experience cultures both well-known and worlds apart. For example, the Institute of Russian and Ukrainian Studies offers the study of the former Russian-speaking empire, which once covered one sixth of the earth’s land surface and was two and a half times the size of the US.
Future language experts who graduate the Faculty are also acquainted with all major families of languages, Indo-European, Turkic, Sino-Tibetan, Austronesian. Therefore, the Faculty boasts not only a systematic release of fluent users of German, French or Swedish, but also Latvian, Lithuanian, Kazakh, Hungarian and Korean.
Numerous ethnic festivals and evenings devoted to particular cultures as well as special events celebrating cultural diversity are commonplace at the Faculty of Modern Languages which has welcomed individuals representing ethnicities from Saami in northern Finland to Zulu in South Africa and nationalities ranging from Peruvian to Taiwanese.
The Institute of German Studies
The Institute of German Studies conducts research in the history of German literature, the literature and culture of 19th and 20th-century Austria, comparative literature, the reception of German literature in Poland, Polish-German literary connections, cultural studies of the German language area, the theory and practice of German language teaching (with computer support), Germanic linguistics, lexicology, lexicography, contrastive linguistics, descriptive German grammar, and the theory of literary translation.
The Institute of Romance Studies
The Institute of Romance Studies carries out research projects relating to the linguistics and literature of the Romance languages, including applied linguistics. Its research is coordinated with and complementary to similar projects carried out in other European countries. The Institute recognizes the very important role played in the modern world and in the EU by linguistic communication and its intercultural dimension, hence its interests in matters of cultural linguistics, acquisition of selected foreign-language discourse types, and issues in translation arising from the use of multiple national languages and the need for official documents to be translated into all of them. For several years the Institute has been involved in international programmes of research into the phraseology, phonetics, syntax and morphology of French, Italian, Spanish and Romanian. Moreover, within the scope of its research on literature, it studies questions that are of wide interest across Europe, such as Polish-French literary connections, frontier literatures and cultural transgression, as well as didactic and autobiographical writing.
The Institute of Russian Studies
The Institute of Russian Studies conducts research in the fields of linguistics and literature. With regard to the complex and changing nature of the present-day situation in Russia, pre-existing views concerning the literature and culture of the Russian language area are becoming outdated. There is consequently a need for research work using modern techniques, aimed at revising established stereotypes and interpretations of facts, and seeking new solutions in pioneering fashion in the spirit of intercultural dialogue and communication. The Institute also places emphasis on the intercultural aspects of the education of students taking courses in Russian, Russian and English, Russian and Ukrainian, and Russian with Applied Linguistics.
The Institute of Linguistics
The Institute of Linguistics carries out research in a multidisciplinary environment and over a wide topic range (with 10 different specializations). This requires research to be closely linked with teaching activity and with international cooperation. The number of topics covered is very large, with 15 continuing projects and 29 new ones, of which a significant part consists of doctoral and habilitation theses in preparation. The Institute’s research methods make use of axiomatic models of language, comparative phonetics and phonology, linguistic methodology, analysis of logical aspects of social communication, computer natural language processing and speech technology. Among the new, dynamically developing fields of research with a wide range of practical applications are problems in linguistic communication, techniques of modern communication, simultaneous translation and multimodal communication. Also of importance for social development is the research carried out into legal language from a translation perspective, enabling the correct translation of legal documents, which are often problematic to interpret in the context of cultures and languages other than those in which they were originally created.
The Institute of Applied Linguistics
The Institute of Applied Linguistics puts into practice Humboldt’s maxim of combining research with teaching in all the available specializations: teacher training, translation studies, and communication and mediation studies. Its activity is founded on research in the fields of linguistics, language teaching, translation and cultural studies, with an emphasis on questions of an intercultural nature. Topics of the Institute’s research projects include the theoretical and practical aspects of language learning and teaching, speech acquisition, first and subsequent foreign language learning, teaching in bilingual classes, specialist language teaching, relations between language and culture from a teaching and learning perspective, intercultural and intersemiotic communication, microteaching in the training of teachers of foreign languages, various types of research into translation and translation techniques, application of the results of contrastive studies of German, Polish and English in translation and in lexicography and grammatical description, the functions and structure of functional texts, and research into international constructed languages (such as Esperanto).
The Department of Asian Studies
The Department of Asian Studies carries out research in fields such as classical and modern Arabic literature, Islamic and Kurdish issues, Chinese literature and theatre, the languages and cultures of Central Asia, Turkish language, literature and history, Mongolic linguistic studies, Hebrew literature, Old Testament translation studies, studies of Karaim, Samaritan and Aramaic, the Tungus languages, minority studies, and Kazakh and Karaim lexicology. The Department’s new projects include studies of Karaim customs, language policy in Central Asian countries, cultural, linguistic and social changes in Kazakhstan, text editing, work on a series of new language textbooks, epigraphy of Tatar cemeteries (in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine), Taiwanese dance theatre, modern Chinese and Taiwanese drama, Arab culture, the ethno-religious structure of Arab countries, and Arabic and Semitic lexicology and lexicography.
The Department of Oriental Studies
The Department of Oriental Studies carries out in research in a number of areas, including the languages, literature and history of Japan, classical Japanese theatre, the languages of China, the languages and cultures of Central Asia, the literature, philosophy, religion and culture of India, and linguistics minorities and language policy. New research projects cover such subjects as international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, the growth in Asia’s global political importance, and contemporary problems of politics and security in East Asia. Ambitious new work currently being carried out at the Department includes collaboration with the Confucius Institute on the preparation of a Polish-Chinese dictionary, and a research project to produce a cognitive dictionary of pictographic writing in China and the systems of written languages of China.
The Department of Scandinavian Studies
The Department of Scandinavian Studies is one of the few centres in Poland specializing in the Scandinavian language area, and carries out a very wide range of research work in fields such as Scandinavian and general linguistics, Scandinavian literature, and the history and culture of Scandinavian countries. This research leads to a large number of publications. The Department is involved in international research and partnership programmes, as well as organizing regular international scientific meetings.
FULL-DEGREE PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED IN ENGLISH: