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How to introduce yourself so you’ll be unforgettable (in a good way!) — ideas.ted.com

If you can move beyond the boring basics when you’re asked “What do you do?”, you’ll set yourself up for new relationships, opportunities and revelations, says introduction expert Joanna Bloor. Mingling at a work event inevitably means being asked the question “What do you do?” over and over again. After years of repetition and conditioning,…

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English Conversation Seminar on Polish History and Culture

DSC_0141.jpgPolish Culture and History

The Course will concentrate attention on the crucial events in the history of Poland its victories and calamities.  Its economic and cultural development, the most important places of spiritual life (like Wawel Cathedral, Jasna Góra), most significant achievements of science, industry,  literature, music, and arts.  It aims to  bring  an acquaintance with life and works of outstanding polish  artists (Wyspiański, Nowosielski, Fangor), musicians (Chopin, Wieniawski, Lutosławski, Penderecki),  writers (Sienkiewicz, Gombrowicz, Miłosz, Szymborska), movie directories (Wajda, Kieślowski) and scientists (Copernicus, Hevelius, Staszic,  Skłodowska – Curie).People whose achievements deserve a worldwide promotion.

This course requires participants a bit of activity such as reading samples of works of polish Nobel prize winners in literature, confronting polish history and its heritage with the history of their own countries, looking for relations and connections.

Poland in the 21st Century
Poland – basic facts.
How to avoid faux pas – how to use the presented expression correctly?
Polish legends. Piast dynasty.
Polish cuisine, rules connected with meals.
Jagiellonian dynasty.
Renaissance in Poland.
First elected monarchs. House of Vasa. Stefan Batory and Jan III Sobieski.
Polish holidays – part I
Wrocław today and yesterday.
History and culture of Wrocław.
The partitions of Poland. Uprising fights for the independence.
Polish romanticism.
I World War and the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty. The figure of Józef Piłsudski.
The time of Second Polish Republic.
Polish holidays – part II
II World War. German occupation. Holocaust and German Nazi concentration camps on the territory of Poland. Soviet occupation– prison camps on Soviet territories. Katyn massacre.
The post-war period – lack of freedom. Times of Stalinism.
The reign of Communists. Strikes and the birth of ‘Solidarity’ (Polish Trade Union). The figure of Lech Wałęsa. The Martial law in Poland. The fall of Communism, the Round Table, restoration of sovereignty.
John Paul II became a Pope in 1978. The role of his pontificate in the history of Poland, Europe, and the world.
Great Poles.
Most significant masterpieces of Polish arts – summary.
Cultural Diversity – discussion. ­
PRIMARY LITERATURE:

A PAINTED HISTORY OF POLAND, RED. E. OLCZAK, WSTĘP: J. TAZBIR, WYD. DEMART, WARSZAWA 2009.
BUBCZYK R., A HISTORY OF POLAND IN OUTLINE, WYD. 3 UZUPEŁNIONE, LUBLIN 2011.
NOWIŃSKI K., POLSKA. POLAND. OPOWIEŚĆ O LUDZIACH, ZABYTKACH I PRZYRODZIE. PEOPLE, NATURE AND HISTORIC TREASURES, WYD. 3, WARSZAWA 2011.
WÓJCIK T., POLAND. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SITES, WARSZAWA 2008.
SECONDARY LITERATURE:

DAVIES N., GOD’S PLAYGROUND. A HISTORY OF POLAND, OXFORD 2010.
God’s Playground, A History of Poland: Volume 1: The Origins to 1795 (English) 19. April 2003
God’s Playground: 1795 to the Present-Day v.2: A History of Poland (English) January 1983 Norman Davies (Autor)
Poland: A History (English) – 20. July 2015 Adam Zamoyski
5.    Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland’s Present (English) – 23. August 2001 Norman Davies (Autor)

6.    Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City. Book by Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse

Recommended literature and teaching resources Polish Culture and History.

a.    Ford Charles, Hammond R; The Polish Film; McFarland ₰ Company, London 2005.

b.    N. Davies; Heart of Europe. A Short History of Poland, Oxford University Press 1986.

c.     J. Falkowska, S. Janicki; The New Polish Cinema, QuickBooks 2003.

d.    J. Falkowska; Andrzej Wajda. New York – Oxford, NerghamBooks 2008.

e.    Haltof Marek; Polish Film and Holocaust; BrghahnBooks 2011. M.Hennel – Bernasikowa;

f.      The Tapestries of Sigismund August, Zamek królewski na Wawelu, Kraków 1998. Janicki ;

g.    The Polish Film Yesterday and Today. Interpress, Warszawa 1985.

h.    Mangha – The History of the Design, Mangha, Kraków 2009. A. Mickiewicz; Forefathers,

i.      The Polish Cultural Foundation London 1968. J. K. Ostrowski; Cracow, Wyd. Artystyczne i Filmowe, Cracow – Warsaw, 1992.

j.      Polish Literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the Eighteenth Century. A Bilingual Anthology Selected and Translated by Michael J Mikoś, Constans, Warszawa 1999.

k.   M. Romanowska; Stanisław Wyspiański, BOSZ, Kraków 2009.

l.      Selected Poems by W. Szymborska, Cz. Miłosz, T Różewixcz, J. Hartwig , Kraków 1968-2013.

 

An introduction to the values of being fluent in English.

Welcome to my new course

Improve speaking competence and English fluency. images

DESCRIPTION

This course is for Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate English Language Learners.

Expected results:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Improve speaking competence and English fluency
  2. Increase your communication efficiency
  3. Clarify and ask Questions politely
  4. Use strategies for making Small Talk effectively
  5. Use expressions for Problem Solving
  6. Get ready for a variety English speaking environments

Learning using traditional methods, memorizing single words and grammar rules should be avoided.

  • We will be practicing English through expressions, collocations, models, patterns, language chunks, phrasal verbs as well as idioms.

Music in English Teaching helps to get into the act of learning English in an enjoyable manner. Students are going to Learning English with the song’s lyrics.

Different strategies of storytelling and final discussion.

 

LEARNER TIME

1 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 – 2 hours per week independently.

DISCUSSION

Share comments and questions with your friends and other Outschool users.

 

Business Small Talk: How to Have Good Conversations (Even When You Don’t Feel Confident Speaking English) | English with a Twist

For my students.

Continuing with the theme of guest posts, I am delighted to introduce you to yet another guest writer here on EWAT. This time I have the pleasure of welcoming Jacob Gershkovich, a fellow English teacher. In his interesting and super useful post, Jacob brilliantly illustrates how you can make a good impression and enjoy a good conversation with business colleagues even if you feel your English could be better. This is ideal for anyone who wants to feel more confident in the business small talk. Enjoy the post. *************************** Listen to the post Read the post Let’s imagine that you’re at a networking event. You see someone standing across the room who you’d really like to connect with, someone who could be really helpful to know. You want to introduce yourself to this person and begin a conversation, but you don’t feel confident as an English speaker. You’re worried that you won’t be able to express yourself properly in English, or even worse, that you’ll say something silly

Source: Business Small Talk: How to Have Good Conversations (Even When You Don’t Feel Confident Speaking English) | English with a Twist

IATEFL Online Conference in Glasgow, 2017

Tune in for live coverage from Glasgow on Monday 3rd April

 

 

Following my previous year experience, I am willing to write a few blog posts about the video content (streamed or recorded interviews or video sessions) published on the IATEFL Online site during the 2017 IATEFL Conference.
Watch the 2017 IATEFL Conference live online
51st Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
SEC, Glasgow, UK
4th-7th April 2017
Pre-Conference Events and Associates’ Day, 3rd April 2017

 

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