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I am a passionate, experienced teacher specialised in Polish as a foreign language.
In 2011 I graduated Polish Philology on the Warsaw University, and in 2012 postgraduate studies Methodology of Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language. I cooperated with Warsaw language schools Edu&More and L², I was a co-author of exercise book intended to teaching Polish as a foreign language Polish Language – Day by Day and Business in Polish.
I have been teaching Polish since 2007, and Polish as a foreign language since 2012. To date, I have worked with people from over 30 different countries across a wide age range of varying levels. I relish the challenge of working with students who begin with no previous knowledge of the Polish such as a Vietnamese class I taught in Warsaw and also with first generation Polish children who have grown up abroad. There are different rewards to helping each of these groups such as foreign nationals in Poland gaining the skills and confidence to effectively communicate with their friends, colleagues and neighbours in their new city or children learning the language of their grandparents and family in Poland.
Upon moving to Northern Ireland, I began volunteering in First Step Women’s Centre Foundation in Dungannon. Here, I led basic English courses primarily for Polish women. My objective was preparing participants for their Esol course which was taught by a native speaker. Currently I am working for the Polish Educational and Cultural Association and Polish Saturday School and I am leading a Polish language course for people from bilingual marriages.
My background field of research is in cognitive psychology and I am passionate about Lingual Image of the World, approaching language from a perspective beyond its utilitarian function for communication to its capacity to affect how we think, perceive and form our view of the world.
For me the most important thing in teaching language is understanding it’s system, I try to compare both the native and taught languages and on this basis anticipate which issues can will pose the most difficulty. I adapt methods to suit the student’s needs. During my lessons I engage students in useful, everyday situations they may find themselves in, using a wide range of interactive activities, such as role play, comprehension of original texts, video and radio news broadcasts for listening comprehension and various worksheet, practical and inter-personal group tasks.
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