functional; functionality; knowledge about language; teaching about language; language education; funkcjonalny; funkcjonalność; wiedza o języku; kształcenie językowe; dydaktyka nauki o języku
"Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Litteraria Polonica" (2020), nr 1, s. 31-51
The present paper reminds us of the tradition of functional teaching about language
in polish schools. This tradition goes back to the times between the two world wars.
The changes which appeared in the concepts of language education at present are
pointed out here. Due to these changes the knowledge about language was moved
to the background and developing language and communicative abilities in the
learners are moved to the foreground and emphasized. According to the author this
policy resulted in the poor knowledge about native language represented by high
school graduates who decided to study Polish language at the university.
The paper is also focused on the issues noticed by teacher trainers developing teacher
professional abilities in the students of Polish language. The necessity of developing
their knowledge of linguistics, motivating them to study the system of their native language,
and also making them familiar with language learning and teaching strategies as
well as with the concepts of preparing school coursebooks which include the functional
knowledge about language is considered to be of crucial importance here.
The author also discusses the issue of presenting the knowledge about standard
Polish to learners who acquired at first the regional variant of the language as their