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2018 | 30 | 45 - 50

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Festiwal „Warszawa w Budowie” na zajęciach języka polskiego jako obcego

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Warsaw under Construction Festival Warszawa w Budowie on Polish language course

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Although inanimate, the space takes a number of roles: it influences and is influenced, it unites people and creates divisions, demarcates the borders/limits and creates distance. It imposes its own presence in the user’s conscious as something necessary, universal and extraneous. It reflects general features of the society. The space is also perceived and interpreted by means of signs which constitute components of the city or by means of the images of the space. The semiotic way of defining the social space assumes influences and links between an individual or a group and significant elements in the space. Currently, the space of a big city gained much significance. It is filled, sometimes overly, by linguistic and/or graphic messages, inscriptions, advertisements and signboards. All these elements are related to the concept of the city anthropology and influence our perception of the cityscape. In people’s minds, the city will consist of expressions of sensing the city: both individual and collective, scientific and vernacular, which produce messages related to it representative of a given way of thinking. In mind, the city is a literary expression of emotions, engagement, alertness and sensitivity towards the form, features and specificity of urban phenomena. Sociological aspects of the urban space connect very clearly with theories of the intercultural component in the methodology of teaching by Clarie Kramsh as well as scientific approach in works by Elena Shohamy. The Warsaw Under Construction Festival pertains to the concept of the active, intercultural and contextual methods of teaching the foreign language, and is a pretext to escape the classroom and give students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the new linguistic and cultural aspect of communication. It can also motivate our students to surrender to the city drive, explore the urban space and gain the status of active user and creator of the area in which they function for a shorter or a longer period of time.


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