The Jagiellonian Language Centre (JCJ) is an interfaculty unit of the Jagiellonian University.
JCJ places great score on an innovative approach to the teaching of foreign languages, something that has met with European Commission recognition with the awarding of the prestigious European Language Label for the first e-textbook in Poland for English language teaching. This being the English++ project for students of computer science. Created have been specialist teaching aids for the instruction needs of specific teaching programmes (e.g, Abstract Project, English for Chemistry ) and degree courses (Theme-based Courses).
Teaching activities at JCJ are based on the premise that in order to optimise the desired effects of teaching those learning should:
• make themselves aware of their own language requirements,
• be aware of their strong and weak points as language learners,
• develop appropriate learning strategies including those for learning languages,
• have a awareness of the social and cultural context of the languages used by them (including that of their own mother tongue),
• be able to evaluate their own progress and define appropriate language goals,
• in order to achieve the goals set for themselves be able to take responsibility for the development of their own abilities and hone these through both group work as systematic individual work which is the basic element of a teaching programme,
• utilising one's own teaching materials, including materials of a specialist nature, which may be helpful in the autonomic development of various abilities, and also verified Internet sites containing material for independent work on grammatical and lexical aspects,
• as far as possible active participation in the planning of courses,
• active participation in the realisation of individual classes utilising as far as possible original teacher-selected texts.
Levels of language ability
The regulations of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the 2nd of November 2011 made it compulsory to complete education in a foreign language in relation to the CEFR at the level:
• B2 – for graduates of BA/BSc programmes of study
• B2+ – for graduates of MA/MSc programmes of study
• the level C1 is recommended by the Jagiellonian University authorities for those completing PhD studies