Author: admin | November 10, 2020
I’m a teacher, a learner and an optimist. I’m passionate about good communication, and I don’t just mean linguistic accuracy. I’m the one shouting at the TV when two sitcom characters are having a relational crisis simply because they can’t, or won’t, express themselves properly, with empathy for the other person. I believe that striving to convey what we think/need/feel, whilst putting ourselves in the other person’s shoes, is the best way to solve a large percentage of life’s problems.
After graduating in Language Studies in the UK, the 18 years of language teaching I’ve done here in Poland has given me the opportunity to put my education to very good use. I’ve gained valuable insight into how the way we use language makes such a huge difference to our working relationships, something I’m already trying to teach my 4-year-old twins as they learn how to interact with each other! Building good relationships with colleagues became particularly important when I ran a language school, a career move that gave me a whole new business skillset. Learning Polish has given me insight into some of the challenges non-native speakers of English face when using English to communicate. Apart from that, it taught me how frustrating it is when you know what you want to say but don’t know exactly how to say it in another language!
In the free time I used to have (!) I was a Gospel choir director in Krakow, learning how to sing various songs and teaching them to others. Hmm…learning and teaching…can’t seem to get away from it!
- Delta – University of Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Wrocław, 2013
- CELTA – University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Cracow, 2004
- BA Language Studies, University of Essex, 2002