Two beginners’ courses in Polish have got off to an excellent start at the University of Iceland, with the number of students enrolled tripling between terms.
The two courses are held for university students over six weeks each, and are jointly offered by the University of Iceland Language Center and the Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Linguistics, in co-operation with Warsaw University, and financially supported with a grant from the EFTA.
The increasingly popular Polish courses will also be offered in the autumn term this year and spring term next year, Vísir reports.
Warsaw University’s Anna Rabczuk teaches the courses and says that a lot has caught her by surprise—not least how well informed many of the students are about Poland and Polish culture.
Anna says that the reason for interest in the courses is obvious in her eyes: Poles are the largest minority nationality in Iceland and students want to connect with the Polish community. Some have Polish neighbors, while others are investing time in learning Polish because they have Polish partners, and then there are those who are simply very interested in Poland.
Anna recommends that the University of Iceland should support Iceland’s Polish community by continuing to offer Polish courses at the Language Center even after the EFTA funding expires.
The number of students interested in learning Polish is increasing, as there were only 20 in the class during the first term, but that number increased to 60 during the latest sessions.