Where is professor Wicherkiewicz?

This winter semester ELLDo had to start without him: Professor Wicherkiewicz is currently on a research stay in Japan. From July 2018 to February 2019 he is Specially Appointed Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University in Sapporo. His research project concerns writing systems, scripts and orthographies in Central and Eastern Europe from the point of view of sociolinguistics, language contact and language policy. He is giving lectures in Russian and English, for example on Russian Old Believers in Poland (Русские старообрядцы в Польше как периферийное этноконфессиональное (и языковое) микрообщество) and, in an upcoming event, on writing and identity:
Sophia Nov2019 FCoulmas TWicherkiewicz

Program update for 2018/2019

Starting with the academic year 2018/2019, the Faculty of Modern Languages and Linguistics introduces changes in all its MA programs. In addition to their individual programs, all students will have the following kinds of classes in their first year of MA studies:

  • Introduction to economics (lecture and practical class);
  • Introduction to specialized user software; in the case of ELLDo this is desktop publishing programs (QuarkExpress and Scribus). The application of the software will further be integrated into three of the regular classes.

The motivation for these changes is to give students of modern languages and literatures additional knowledge and skills that will be useful in their life outside of academia. The implementation is supported by a grant within the project POWR!.

Find the updated program at our Program overview.

A monument to language documentation

This newly unveiled monument in front of the Town Museum in Żory (Silesia) is probably the very first monument to Language Documentation in Poland! It shows the Polish ethnographer Bronisław Piłsudski with an Ainu informant and a wax cylinder recorder. The monument was designed by Ainu designer/sculptor Maki Sekine.

photo from: https://www.radio90.pl/pomnik-bronislawa-pilsudskiego-stanal-przed-muzeum-w-zorach.html

FAQ 1 Which foreign language can I study in ELLDo?

During the two years of the MA program, ELLDo students take classes in a foreign language other than English with a total amount of 240 hours (for example, two classes a week during four semesters).

To students starting in 2018 we offer Lithuanian and Italian for beginners and German on various levels.

Not your favorite language? Students may also choose another language taught at our faculty if

  • the teacher accepts the student (this is usually no problem for small classes with interesting languages such as Basque or Roumanian, but may not be possible for very popular languages such as Spanish)
  • the student can fit the classes into her/his timetable
  • the choice is formally accepted by the dean (no problem if the first two conditions are met).

Our faculty offers a huge range of foreign languages at various levels. In 2016 and 2017, ELLDo students chose Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Lithuanian, and Russian (maybe I forgot some?).

Maya in May (Maj z Majami)

(picture: By Lacambalam – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Learn about the ancient Maya culture and script!

On Wednesday, 23 May, Agnieszka Hamann from Warsaw University will give a guest lecture in English on

“Why the world did not end in 2012 and what glyphs tell us about the Maya concept of history”

at 1:15 pm in room 302 (Collegium Novum B)

and show us how the script works in a workshop (in Polish and English) at 3 pm in room 109 (Collegium Novum B).

Everybody is welcome!

First ELLDo students get “absolutorium”

We have this nice tradition at our university that each year in May students who will finish their MA studies take part in a celebration called “absolutorium”. The term should not be taken too serious – there are still some exams ahead and MA theses to complete, but as students actually finish at various dates from mid June till the end of September we take this opportunity to celebrate together. So, this year the first generation of ELLDo students threw their hats into the air, and their teachers proudly cheered them on 19 May 2018.
(PS There are also 2 ELLDo teachers on the above picture – can you identify them?)


ELLDo at ILS: get more information on Tuesday 15 May

ELLDo will soon change its affiliation: we are transferring from the Institute of Lingustics (IJ) to the Institute of Applied Linguistics (ILS). Officially this step will be made on July 1, but if you are interested in taking up ELLDo you may already turn to the ILS for information about “rekrutacja” (enrolement). And don’t worry: the faculty, the teachers and of course the quality of the program will be the same as before.

For all those who will finish their BA this summer and are looking for the right program to pursue a MA degree, the Institute of Applied Linguistics organizes a meeting with information about the programs they offer – including ELLDo. If you are in Poznan you are invited to come and ask all you ever wanted to know about ELLDo:

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 11 am
Collegium Historicum, room 118