Polish as a Foreign Language: New Context, Regulations and Prospects

  • 1 Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
  • 2 University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland.


The article provides an overview of the developments in Poland after the collapse of communism in 1989 from the point of view of foreign language teaching, including a swift reorientation and transition from a public school system with Russian as the main foreign language, to a diversified language teaching market focused on teaching English and other languages. A particular stress is placed on a relatively new phenomenon, being an increased demand and new opportunities for teaching Polish as a foreign language to be further promoted as a result of anticipated amendments to legal regulations governing the status and certification of the Polish language.

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