Organization of language classes and exams

Principles of conducting foreign language exams at first-cycle programmes at the Foreign Language Center of the University of Economics in Katowice

1. The exam covers the entire course. If the language course is 'continued' the emphasize is on business language, and if it is the 'second' language – on general language with elements of business language.

2. In general, students take the exam at the level at which the group was conducted, unless they received permission for level individualization in the previous semesters. However, each student may take the final exam at a level higher than the level of the group they attended, provided that the average of grades obtained in the semesters preceding the exam is at least 4.5. At the beginning of the last semester of language classes, students wishing to take the exam at a higher level should submit an appropriate statement through the teacher. The teacher is required to familiarize students with the scope of material required at a higher level, so the students could work on it by themselves.

3.  The condition of taking the final exam is obtaining credit for the semesters preceding the last semester of the course.

4. During the retake period, students proceed to pass the part of the final grade that they did not pass in the first term, i.e. a student who passed the written exam but did not obtain a positive grade from passing the last semester of the course, takes only the pass, while a student who obtained the pass, but did not pass the written exam, takes only the exam.

5. Students with certificates confirming knowledge of the business language at levels B1 to C1 may be exempted from classes and the exam.

6. In full-time programmes written foreign language exams take place during the next-to-last and last classes in the last semester of the course.

In part-time programmes exams in both languages take place during the last class in the last semester of the course.

Rules for determining the final grade

Pursuant to the Rules and Regulations of Programmes Article18(3), 'in the case of courses which include practicals, the examiner takes the final learning results achieved at practicals into account. The way of determining the grade for the course is specified by the examiner in the course description sheet'.

The course description sheets record that the weight of the results achieved in the last semester is 70% for the final exam of all material, while 30% is the grade for passing the last semester of the course.

Final exam grade scale (% is the percentage of points obtained for correctly completed exam tasks)

50%–59%

satisfactory

3.0

60%–69% 

satisfactory plus

3.5

70%–79%

good

4.0

80%–89%

good plus

4.5

90%–100% 

very good

5.0

 Examples of calculating the final grade:

a) Exam grade: 5.0 (at least 90% of tasks completed correctly)

5 x 70 = 350

b) Pass grade for the last semester of the course: 3.0

3 x 30 = 90

c) Add the results:

350 + 90 = 440

d) Divide the total by 100:

440 : 100 = 4.4

The final grade is 4.5 (i.e. good plus)

b) If the student has not passed the exam, we do not do the multiplication by 70, and therefore it is not possible to obtain a positive final grade even if the grade for the final semester of the course is 5.0:

0 x 70 = 0

5 x 30 = 150

0 + 150 = 150

150 : 100 = 1.5

The final grade is 2.0 (failed)

c) If the student has not obtained a positive grade for passing the last semester, they may still take the exam. Then we do not do the multiplication by 30.  For example:

5 x 70 = 350 (assuming that the student received 5.0 at the exam)

0 x 30 = 0

350 + 0 = 350

350 : 100 = 3.5

The final grade is 3.5 (satisfactory plus)

The obtained numerical result corresponds to the following grades:

from 2.75  to 3.25 satisfactory (3.0)

from 3.30 to 3.75 satisfactory plus (3.5)

from 3.80 to 4.25 good (4.0)

from 4.30  to 4.75 good plus (4.5)

from 4.80 to 5.00 very good (5.0)

Exemptions from language classes and exam

Students with international language certificates confirming the knowledge of a foreign language for business purposes at the relevant level (B1 or higher for a group at B1 level, B2 or higher for a group at B2 level, C1 or higher for a group at C1 level) may apply for full or partial exemption from a language course or exam.

A student applying for exemption from a language course and an exam should submit an appropriate application to the head of the English Language Study (in the case of the English language exam) or the Head of the Study of Romance, Slavic, German or Chinese Languages (in the case of other languages). The Head states whether and to what extent the student may be exempted from language classes and the exam.

Language classes at full-time programmes

Language classes at the first cycle full-time programmes last four semesters and end with an exam. Each semester covers 30 hours divided into 15 meetings.

Language classes at part-time programmes

Language classes at the first cycle part-time programmes last four semesters and end with an exam. Each semester covers 15 hours divided into 5 meetings.

Class schedules and group assignment should be checked at the Virtual University. If they are not there yet, it means that entering them into the system is in progress. Language classes take place in building N. All students start at the same time in the first block, so that after the first class they may join groups in the second block.

Students who did not complete the survey during the recruitment procedure and did not exercise the option to choose languages were included in the following groups: English B1, second language according to the decision of the FLC. Students who are not assigned to any group are asked to contact the FLC coordinator for part-time programmes at a given faculty.

Coordinators for part-time programmes

College of Information Technology and Communication: Katarzyna Rzepka, M.A. (katarzyna.rzepka@ue.katowice.pl)

College of Economics: Katarzyna Rzepka, M.A. (katarzyna.rzepka@ue.katowice.pl)

College of Finance: Jolanta Ziółkowska, M.A. (jolanta.ziolkowska@ue.katowice.pl)

College of Management: Małgorzata Bakalarska-Dyduch, M.A. (malgorzata.bakalarska-dyduch@ue.katowice.pl)

Languages for the International Business programmes

 

Foreign languages offered

International Business students learn two foreign languages throughout the entire bachelor’s degree programme and in the first three semesters of the master’s degree programme. They choose from English (C1 only), German (A1–B2), French (A1–B1), Italian (A1–B1), Spanish (A1–B2), Russian (A1–B1), Chinese (A1–B1), and Polish (A1–B1).

Course rules

Students enroll in a given language course through an online form at the beginning of each academic year. Class attendance is mandatory. Performance is assessed based on course content, not on the basis of a student’s general linguistic competence. Specific requirements relating to course completion are presented by each teacher at the beginning of the course.