Information About Katarzyna - Basingstoke teacher - (47 reviews)
This is how 4 referees rated Katarzyna:
Hi, my name is Kasia. I am a reliable, conscientious and enthusiastic tutor. I am highly effective and efficient.
I enjoy working hard together with my students and share my knowledge and experience with them.
I am currently studying for a PhD in Polish Literature. I specialise in Polish Literature and History of Art and teach Polish as a Foreign Language.
I offer focused one-to-one private tuition sessions for a professional person, who needs a fast track to Polish language.
• Worked with both adult students and children, groups and individuals;
• Worked alongside leading academics in the field of art and Polish literature as an assistant;
• Developed and presented conference papers; led panels’ discussions;
• Conducted research and analysis;
• Organised conferences;
• Assisted in books publications;
• Liaised with various departments to coordinate course content, internships, co-op experience, and curricular development.
My skills are based on solid academic background and 12 years of professional experience as an academic tutor and a school teacher.
I adjust my tuition to individual learning needs. I can either work in demanding and serious manner, or can emphasise more relaxed learning through play.
I tailor my lessons according to the student's preferred learning styles. I coach my students through the learning process, motivate them and use my analytical skills to provide them with a clear guidance.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2013) - - PhD dissertation (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- General Teaching Council of England (2012) - - Qualified Teacher Status (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2006) - - History of Art - Master of Arts (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2000) - - Polish Literature and Language - PhD Student , Master of Arts, (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
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Lessons are built around a series of short translations from English into Polish, which in my experience as a language teacher too is the best way to develop confidence in using and speaking a new language (which tends to be much better than working through a textbook together, or working through a series of small activities).
Katarzyna has an expert knowledge of grammar, and can break concepts down very clearly and manageably, while including relevant cultural and historical information, which helps it stick. Lessons are fast-paced, but Katarzyna can also slow down with particularly difficult sections. She also has an excellent teaching manner - she is very encouraging, lessons are funny, and she’s good at correcting mistakes. I’ve definitely noticed a significant improvement in my Polish, particularly in putting sentences together - the grammar focus has given me a stronger foundation in knowing what goes where, and in self-correcting while speaking.
In conclusion Katarzyna is one of the best I’ve ever had for languages - I would wholeheartedly recommend her lessons!
Kasia is positive, open and friendly. She encourages the student at all times and allows them to correct their own mistakes with gentle hints and open questions. She is well-prepared and has a lot of learning content available to her to make sure that lessons are productive and focused. She explains things well and provides written answers when the student is unable to correct themselves. These are very useful to review after the lesson is over.
Kasia gives a preview of what's to come so that the student can focus ahead on revision and learning prior to a lesson starting. She creates a positive atmosphere and is sympathetic in her attitude if there are any perceived issues or problems in general. She obviously wants the student to succeed and shows just enough disappointment when a student makes a mistake. She is prompt in responding to emails and very straightforward on all house-keeping issues, such as payments or lesson schedules.
Overall it's been an excellent start and I would recommend Kasia to any student at any level of learning the Polish language. Looking forward to be able to score Kasia a 5 next time!
She helps you believe in your own ability to learn and trust your own memory. A new way of approaching how we are usually taught.
She is extremely patient and a joy to work with.
We have many weeks learning together, which I’m looking forward too.
Friendly and professional. I recommend Kat to anyone.
Would highly recommend
Kat's approach to teaching has allowed me to have conversations with family and friends in Polish after the first lesson.
I would highly recommend Kat to anybody trying to learn Polish :)
Her lessons are an excellent mix of enjoyable and challenging. Anyone learning a language from scratch will know that it is difficult and if you're not doing it for a purpose or you're not finding it at least a bit entertaining, you are likely going to be dissuaded from learning and possibly give up. With Kat this just isn't the case, her lessons are engaging and challenging and make you work with the knowledge you've been taught thus far to formulate more complex phrases and sentences. These phrases then get expanded upon more and more and more. Students get a strong sense of satisfaction when you get things correct and Kat capitalises on this.
She also gets to know her students well. I didn't necessarily like my language teachers at school and didn't enjoy learning from them. With Kat, it doesn't feel like you're learning from a scary teacher, it feels more like you're learning from one of your friends who just happens to be awesome at speaking a bunch of different languages.
Overall I can't recommend Kat enough, she is an immense teacher who will get you where you need to be with your language of choice. If you're going to use a language tutor, look no further than Kat.
Kasia's approach to teaching is well thought through and tailored to my daughter's ability. Its not only about rigid learning, its about learning through fun, too. My daughter enjoys her lessons very much, more than ever and she has the experience of other ways of teaching Polish.
We are glad that we found Kasia.
Kat's lessons emphasise sentence construction over grammatical rules. This gets you thinking practically in the language itself, and really builds you up quickly. The grammar (which is nobody's favourite part of a language) is subtly introduced whenever it's needed rather than overwhelming you from the outset.
I'm incredibly happy with my progress so far, in terms of the sentences I'm now able to construct in Polish but also in terms of my own confidence when talking to Polish family and coworkers. I wish I could demonstrate the difference in my confidence levels before and after I started having lessons with Kat, because I think that would be the best recommendation I could possibly give her.
I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn Polish to book some lessons with Kat!
A very friendly and casual approach to teaching is helping to put me at ease.
I would highly recommend Kasia to anyone looking for a tutor.
I look forward to each lesson and highly recommend. don't think, just get in touch with her!
We wanted to improve our linguistics to better communicate with family in Poland and build Polish as the children’s strong second language.
Kasia is very patient, welcoming and engages the children well. Her structured approach to the lessons also keeps them well entertained throughout the lesson.
We are very pleased with their progress and would highly recommend her.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; the language is broken down in segments that are easily manageable.
I highly recommend Kasia for anyone wanting to learn the Polish language.
Thank you Sam.
I enrolled via First Tutors for a course with Katarzyna Leszczinska as I required further conversational practice. After talking in Polish for 15 minutes at the start of my first session Katarzyna assessed my abilityand an advanced course of tuition was immediately implemented at her suggestion.
Tuition takes place in a tranquil setting and is immensely enjoyable, productive and most beneficial from a reliable, organised, motivated, enthusiastic professional and highly effective tutor. I completely recommend Katarzyna for anyone's needs in the Polish language. Adrian, Tadley near Basingstoke.
I have already learnt a lot thanks to her fun and interesting teaching, I would recommend her to anyone wishing to learn the Polish language.
She is very patient, understanding and is flexible with bookings which is brilliant for me.
All the best Dave Carter
Kasia's teaching style is making learning a difficult language like Polish easy and more importantly fun! The atmosphere is relaxed and yet progress is clear each week!
I would definitely recommend Kasia to anyone looking for a tutor!
For personal reasons I've stopped lessons, but I now understand what my wife says to her family, whereas before not a clue!!!