Polish Language Learning

The Ocalenie Foundation runs free, stationary Polish language courses for foreigners in Łódź. Classes are held at the Foundation’s headquarters at ul. Grzegorza Piramowicza 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Each class lasts 75-90 minutes.

All adult foreigners living in Łódź can apply for the course. Refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants from outside of the European Union, and students continuing learning with us have priority, but everyone is welcome.

Our approach is communicative language teaching (CLT). We want the people coming to Poland and planning to stay here for longer to be able to communicate in the Polish language as soon as possible.

Our teachers are volunteers – they do not receive any payment for their work. Usually they are not professional teachers of Polish as a second language, but each of them has gone through a training provided by Ocalenie Foundation staff.

We organize three trimesters a year: February-April, June-August, October-December.

We will be accepting applications for the upcoming free Polish language courses from February 5 to 7, 2024.

The lessons are conducted twice a week (between Monday to Thursday) and each takes 75-90 minutes.

We teach at the beginner level. Currently, the most advanced language level you can achieve while studying with us is A2 (Elementary).

You can apply for the course only through the application form at the bottom of the page. Please note the application period. The form is not accepting applications before or after this time.

Attention! Before applying, please make sure you can actively and regularly participate – twice a week, at the time you specify in the application.

Each person who has applied for participation in the courses will receive information about the recruitment result before the start of the classes.

Terms and conditions of the course

To be admitted to our courses you need to:

  1. Live in Poland as an immigrant.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Reside in Łódź during the course.
  4. Apply for the course during the application period.
  5. Submit your application form correctly.
  6. Provide the requested documents.

Application process:

  1. Fill up and submit the application form during the application period.
  2. Await an e-mail with the results of your application.

Rules of our courses:

  1. Only signed students and the teacher might participate in the classes. Occasionally, Fundacja Ocalenie employees or associates might be invited to a class as observers.
  2. Participation in the classes is obligatory.  In case of absence, a student is obliged to inform the teacher or the Polish language courses Team. More than 1 unexplained absence may result in removal from participants list. It would mean that you will not be able to apply for the courses in future.
  3. In exceptional situations, Fundacja Ocalenie might change the date of a lesson or cancel it. It would be communicated to all students.
  4. If a message does not reach a student as a result of a situation beyond our control, Fundacja Ocalenie would not be liable for it.
  5. In cases which are beyond the control of the organiser, Fundacja Ocalenie reserves a right to cancel a course.
  6. Students may resign from participation in the course at any time. In such cases, a student is obliged to inform the organiser.
  7. Students might change a group only in justified cases and if there are available places.
  8. During the on-line classes students are obliged to turn their cameras and microphones on.
  9. It is forbidden to record classes.
  10. Participation in classes under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.

Still have a question? Check it out if we have already answered them in the Frequently Asked Questions section. If not, email us: [email protected].

We also recommend reading our terms and conditions

We will be accepting applications for the upcoming free Polish language courses from February 5 to 7, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

We conduct classes in the morning, afternoon and evening. The earliest starts at 8.00, the last ends at 21.00.

The days and hours of classes for a given group are determined only after the recruitment process is completed and depend on the availability of teachers – volunteers conducting the courses. In the application form, please specify the dates when you can attend classes- we encourage you to set as many of them as possible, as it will be much easier for us to form a study group for you.

You can take classes with one group only, on certain days and times. If you cannot arrange your work schedule so that you can regularly attend lessons, unfortunately we will not be able to sign you up for the course.

The application form includes a test checking the level of knowledge of the Polish language. It is crucial that you write this test by yourself (for example without searching for the correct answers on the Internet), because its result should tell us which group will be best for you.

We currently do not run such courses.

As we are not a language school, therefore we do not conduct exams and we are not authorized to issue certificates or other proofs of language proficiency. At your request, we can only issue a certificate of participation in a Polish language course at a given level.

Our courses are stationary and we run them only in Łódź. We invite people who will be able to come for lessons twice a week to our headquarters. Other branches of the Ocalenie Foundation run stationary courses in Warsaw and Łomża.

We accept a maximum of 12 people for each group.

Completing the application form is only a declaration of willingness to participate in the course – it does not guarantee a place in the group. The demand for free courses is very high, many more people apply for them than we are able to accept.

If you want to continue your studies with us, you must complete the application form again during our open call. You must apply for each trimester separately.

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