Student workshops

Each year in spring, in collaboration with University College London, the Polish Educational Society organises workshops for students preparing to sit A-Level exams. These workshops are an excellent opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the structure of the exams and to widen their knowledge of specific exam topics by meeting subject experts.

It is also an exceptional chance to become acquainted with one of the best known centres of higher education and academic communities in London.

In this section of the site you will find further information about this year’s workshop.


Polish Educational Society and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates 2016

The PES workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates took place on the 19th March 2016 (Saturday) at the UCL SSEES building in London. Participation was open to the students of Polish Supplementary Schools registered with the PES.

The workshops were attended by almost 120 Polish supplementary school students from the whole of England. The opening lecture was given by Katarzyna Zechenter (PhD) of UCL who gave an overview of the SSEES’s current educational offer. She also outlined a number of reasons why the SSEES is an exceptional further education option.

The next part of the workshops were simultaneous classes in 4 different groups, out of which 1 was aimed at AS Level candidates. Students were able to choose between a variety of topics and which included: Poland and Poles in the II World War, The art of translation form English to Polish (A2) and vice versa (AS), Polish struggle for independence as a topic of Polish literature of the 19th Century, The films of Andrzej Wajda, Moral and social issues as presented in Polish drama, Reading comprehension of Polish texts (AS) and Essay writing both at AS and A2 Levels.

During the first session of the workshops there was also a seminar for teachers on the analysis of errors in students’ written tasks and how to prepare to work with students on its basis.

The full programme of our workshops can be found here (in Polish.)


Polish Educational Society and School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates 2015

The workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates took place on the 28th March 2015 (Saturday) at the SSEES UCL building in London. Participation was open to the students of Polish Supplementary Schools registered with our Society.

The classes were run simultaneously in 4 groups. Each student could choose the topics that interested them the most. One of the groups focused on the Polish AS exam topics and the three others were dedicated to those planning to sit the Polish A2.

The event aimed to help students to reinforce their knowledge of the exams topics but at the same time, it gave the Polish A-Level students from across the UK an opportunity to come together, meet and make friends. It was also a wonderful occasion to visit one of Britain’s best universities and have a little taste of what is it like to study there. There were also Special Guest lecturers: Marzenna Schejbal, the participant of the Warsaw Uprising and Danuta Pniewska, who has survived deportation to the East during World War 2. Both Guests talked to the students about their experiences during the classes in Polish history. Both talks were recorded and you can find Marzenna Schejbal’s lecture here, and Danuta Pniewska’s lecture here (both in Polish.) You can see the full event’s programme here.


Polish Educational Society and School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates 2014

The Polish A-Level workshops co-organised by the Polish Educational Society and the SSEES University College London took place on the 29th March 2014.

The workshops were attended by over 100 Polish supplementary schools students from the whole of UK. The opening lecture was given by professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski who gave an overview of the SSEES’s current educational offer. The professor has outlined a number of reasons why the SSEES is an exceptional further study option. The quality if teaching at the SSEES is widely renowned. Statistics show high employment rates among SSEES graduates and there are many examples of exciting careers, especially for those who are fluent in more than one language.

The classes were run in 4 topic groups. The topics included: Poland and Poles in the II World War, the art of translation form English to Polish, Polish struggle for independence as a topic of Polish literature of the XIX and XX Century, The films of Andrzej Wajda and Moral and social issues as presented in Polish drama.

For the first time, the students were given a chance to see an exhibition prepared by the 70th Jubilee Committee led by Danka Pniewska. The exhibition’s topic were deportations to Siberia during the II World War and the stories of those who have survived the deportations. Mrs Pniewska was a special Guest of the workshops along with Mrs Marzenna Schejbal, a Warsaw Uprising participant. Both guests have given breathtaking descriptions of their experiences during and after the War, which shed a new light on the historical events and has helped the students to better understand those difficult chapters of Polish history.

Please, see the photo-gallery form the event here.


Polish Educational Society and School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL workshops for the Polish A-Level candidates 2013

The annual conference – preparatory workshops for students wishing to take A-Level exams in the Polish language, was held on 23 March 2013 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London.
This year’s conference was focused on the A2 exam. The workshops included such topics as the fight for independence as a subject in Polish literature, moral and social issues in Polish drama, Poland and the Poles during World War II and other topics. Classes were led by experts in these fields, including lecturers from the Institute of National Remembrance and from SSEES UCL. The classes were held in the form of two-hour group sessions. Students were also able to find out the advantages of studying at SSEES UCL. The workshops started at 9 am and lasted all day. You can see the detailed programme of the event below.
We thank all the teachers preparing their students for exams for encouraging their students’ participation in this event and the students for the participation. We were happy to receive some very  positive feedback from you.
Another event in this series is planned for next year.

Below are some of he conference materials (materials in Polish language):

Emila Malik: The Films of Andrzej Wajda:

Martyna Mazurek: Moral and social issues in the Polish drama:

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