When I first came to Poland to teach English in 1995, it seemed not possible that I would still be here nearly 22 years later, but here I am! I am very much looking forward to what is to come and to all new classes and new students that I will have in the coming years.
In 1995, being an English teacher was something new and interesting and even exciting for me. A new country to see and new people to meet and become a part of. I thought I would give it a go for "about a year" and see how I liked it.
At that time, Poland was somewhere new for me personally. It was not long out of its communist rule days and native speakers were still something of a "novelty" I suppose. Since that time, Poland has become an EU member and has survived the global economic crisis better than most in Europe INCLUDING the UK where many Poles went to for better work possibilities.
For my first teaching destination, I did not want to go where so many people do go - countries like Spain, Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean. The life there is good but working conditions are less good. In Poland I have a good job with motivated students and enjoy a new place of living and working.
I will not be back to live or work in England again. Yes I have family there, but other contacts are few. Now I have been away for so long that it is difficult for me when I go back to England for any length of time. I actually feel more "foreign" there now than I do here. Both England and myself have changed much and, I think, have "grown apart". This is especially true since the recent political changes that have occurred involving the UK and its relationship with the rest of Europe.
I am a native speaker English language teacher of more than 22 years teaching experience. I design almost all the materials for my lessons which includes texts, grammar context-related vocabulary and videos. I have worked with all language levels from beginner to CPE Proficiency. As well as General English, I have worked much with Business English (including BEC exams) and RSA/Cambridge exam English students. On top of all this, I have much experience in ESP areas such as IT / Computing, Technology and Medicine. I am looking for a position where I can use my abilities and experience in the classroom and to help other less experienced teaching colleagues grow.
In addition to this, I have worked as a proofreader for business and corporate clients in a financial and legal context with items such as annual reports, press releases and articles for journals. These, and other English language–related areas, are what I would like to progress to next to broaden my experience of working with the language on another level.
On top of all this, my new area of English language work has been in the recording studio as a voiceover artist. I have recorded sessions for company and product promotional videos, fitness apps for mobile phone users, presentation voiceovers for Industry Awards events and, recently, the publisher's promotional video for the recent book of the memoirs of the late Pope John Paul II.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
-- English language instruction with adult students at all language levels in a General English context
-- Business English skills and language development both on a one–to–one and class basis, on and off site
-- Exam training, preparation, skills and language development with RSA/Cambridge exam and final–year school students
-- Lesson materials design from authentic online sources of video, audio and text materials
-- Course design with timetabling, resources allocation and scheduling of lesson days
-- Teacher training with English teaching colleagues on language matters and lesson ideas both in-house and as workshop leader on training days
-- One–to–one teaching for students of specific needs (ESP), Business English students or those who need extra tuition
-- Confidence–building speaking training for beginner and elementary–level adult students
-- Supporting the non–native speaker teacher to extend from coursebook material for extended conversation practice
-- Academic writing, reading and speaking (EAP) with foundation and university level English language students
-- Student consultation sessions for learners needing extra assistance with their language learning
-- Language support work in conversation classes to non–native English teacher colleagues
-- Level testing at start of academic year for newly enrolled students
-- End semester/year test writing and speaking exam development and preparation for General English students
-- Conversation Club type activities for adult students of all language levels including varied topics, quizzes and language games
-- Proofreading and editing of texts in the areas of general English, business–related English, legal and financial English and academic English both in-company and independently
-- English language studio–recorded voiceovers for corporate and publisher promotional videos
-- English language learning website and games voiceovers work for online and mobile computing language learning
2017 -- now: LINGOPRO LANGUAGE SCHOOL, Kraków, Poland
(CodeCool in-company one-to-one classes in Krakow)
2017 -- now: BRITISH SCHOOL IN-COMPANY TRAINING, Kraków, Poland
(MARR Kraków group and one-to-one company classes)
2011 – now: INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (formerly EMPIK CORPORATE), Kraków, Poland
(Philip Morris International, AzimuthIT, Ailleron, WUP Kraków, GUS Kraków, International Paper and Orlen company classes)
2015 - now: LANGUAGE FACTORY 24 LANGUAGE SCHOOL, Krakow, Poland
(One–to–one business and general English students online and face-to-face)
2017 - 2018: WORLDWIDE SCHOOL, Warsaw, Poland
(Credit Agricole Bank one-to-one company classes in Krakow)
2015 - 2017: AGNIESZKA STRZAŁKA ‘ACE’, Krakow, Poland
(Visiona and M&S Legal company classes)
2015 - 2016: VIP TRAININGS LANGUAGE SCHOOL, Krakow, Poland
(UNITY Group company classes)
2014 – 2015 and 2017: ADVANTIS ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL, Krakow, Poland
(Optima Marketing and B2B company classes. Also in-school conversation classes with staff)
2014 – 2015: ADVANTAGE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL, Krakow, Poland
(PwC Krakow one–to–one company classes)
2013 – 2015: TRANSATLANTIC COMMUNICATIONS, Krakow, Poland
(Loycon and Prescient company classes)
2013 – 2014: GLOSSA SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Krakow, Poland
(Hexagon Metrology company classes and in–house conversation classes)
2012 – 2014: OPENSCHOOL SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Krakow, Poland
(NBP Bank company classes)
2011 –2012: LANGUAGE FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Krakow, Poland
(Otis and Bayer company classes)
2011 – 2012: HOPPER'S SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Krakow, Poland
(Arrow ESC and Satus company classes)
2010 – 2011: RELOD LINGUISTICS CENTRE, Kirov, Russia
2009 – 2010: KING FAHD MILITARY MEDICAL COLLEGE, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
2008 – 2009: YORK SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Krakow, Poland
2006 – 2007: BEST SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Pszczyna, Poland
2005 – 2006: ENGLISH SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS, Katowice, Poland
2004 – 2005: LIBRA SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Pszczyna and other locations, Poland
2002 – 2004: PROFI–LINGUA SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, Katowice and Tychy, Poland
2000 – 2002: EF ENGLISH FIRST, Katowice, Poland
1998 – 2000: INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, Bielsko–Biala, Poland
1995 – 1998: OXFORD STUDY CENTRE, Radom, Poland
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
DTEFLA (RSA/Cambridge) course completed (INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, London, England (2000 – 2001))
CTEFLA (RSA/Cambridge) (HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE, London, England (1995))
B.Sc (Hons) COMPUTING & Operations Research (LEEDS POLYTECHNIC, Leeds, England (1986 – 1990))
INTERESTS, HOBBIES AND OTHER INFO
I have many varied interests. Firstly, I very much enjoy using the internet for leisure and for work purposes. It is hard to imagine life without it now. I do not play games much except for strategy games like Civilization and Football Manager. For teaching purposes, the internet is like a goldmine for ideas and resources. These days it is much easier to find what you need for all teaching situations imaginable. In fact, the large ring binders full of materials I used to have for teaching are almost all gone. No need to keep things that "I might use" when it is all there online.
I have plans to start a YouTube channel in the near future, and this will complement the lessons I do during the week with a 'Topic Of The Week' together with discussion, vocabulary and something a bit extra for students of the English language. But right now these only "plans" as my teaching timetable takes almost all the time that I have for anything more. But ... Watch This Space as this is definitely Coming Soon ;) ...
Apart from the internet, I like travel and photography. I have been to many countries in Europe, and also to Southeast Asia and Australia. It is not easy to say where my favourite is as they all have something different to offer.
I also enjoy cooking. I seem to be most successful with cakes and biscuits than anything else, though I enjoy just being in the kitchen and being creative with what I have. Sometimes it even tastes pretty good!
I am very much an outdoor person. Walking in the countryside, in the mountains, by the seaside, through a beautiful town is a great pleasure for me.
I cannot say I am a very good sportsman. I always feel I should do more. I do exercise at home and, as I have no car, get plenty of walking exercise around the area (AND much exercise around the city centre running to and from lesson locations!). In the past, I did enjoy a game of golf but now not so much any more. Once in a while I go to the gym or go jogging, and I intend to do this more in future.