The course usually comprises six units of language lessons a day (45 minutes each), five of which consist of regular classroom instruction, and the sixth being an instructor office hour for interested students.
During every two-week session there are usually 5-7 groups of different levels of proficiency. The maximum number of students in a group is 12; however, the usual number of students in a group is much smaller and averages about 6-7 people.
Due to the fact that in small groups the intensity of learning is much higher, the daily number of classroom hours in the small groups is reduced, according to the following pattern:
8-12 students in a group - 5 language lessons daily - plus 1 consultation hour
5-7 students in a group - 4 language lessons daily - plus 1 consultation hour
2-4 students in a group - 3 language lessons daily - plus 1 consultation hour
1 student in a group - 2 language lessons daily - plus 1 consultation hour
The most common number of daily language lessons for a group is five or four. Groups with fewer than four daily lessons are formed quite rarely. For example, during nine course sessions in the summer of 2008, 50% of all course participants had five daily lessons of Polish language (plus 1 consultation hour), 36% of course participants - 4 daily lessons, and 13% of course participants - 3 daily lessons (in groups of 2-4 students).
Students who find themselves in a group that has fewer than five daily language lessons have the following possibilities to increase their daily number of lessons:
1) attending the consultation hours, which are not used very much by students from groups having more daily lessons;
2) buying additional lessons by the whole group at a preferential price of 4-7 euros / lesson (45 minutes) / each group member (the price depends on the number of people in the group);
3) buying individual lessons at a preferential price of 12 euros/lesson (45 minutes) in our school office (ul. Bronowicka 58/5).