The GCSE exam for Polish involves four assessments which include speaking, reading, writing and listening. These assessments help students develop their Polish language skills in a variety of contexts and build a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Polish is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society.
I personally have taken this exam, and after a long year of preparation, when I finally arrived at the exam hall, I was frankly terrified. I assumed the worst outcome and was contemplating if I learned my prepared talk as well as I could, my teacher did her best to calm me and my classmates down, she gave us words of encouragement. And this helped me to calm my nerves. There was of course the element of chance in this exam. But our teacher did her absolute best to prepare us for the challenge ahead. And when I finally sat in the hall with my classmates I felt reassured by their presence and knew that we would all do our best. That year was one of the most stressful years of my life but I was immensely glad that I made the effort and for that reason our class all got A’s. Our teacher and our parents were extremely proud of us. However sadly this meant it was time to leave this amazing school and pursue A’s at a higher level, I will never forget this experience. And the hardships, the hard work and struggles our teacher and our parents had to go through to make us motivated to work hard and to achieve the best possible mark. I thank them wholeheartedly.
Justyna Kardasz former student of School of Polish Language and Culture