What’s in my bag?

Students’ or teachers’ bags are a great source of ideas/ You can use your own bag/wallet/rucksak or (if people are comfortable enough and happy to do it) you can get the person sitting next to use their bags.

But what’s in it?

Take an item out of the bag and discuss what this item is and why its important.  The activity is highly adaptable and I taught it to students from primary uo to adults. It’s a great boost to speaking and could be easily used at public speaking activities.

  1. Asking quetsions: Simply encourage your students to work in pair and make their partners guess what the other is holding in their hand. You may decide to telll them to use a particular type of questions of course.
  2. Playing taboo: A student describing a thing from the bag is avoiding the words which would reveal the object too easily.
  3. Public speaking intro: A student in a pair/ group has to talk about the object for one minute. Their partner’s task is guessing the object but they cannot ask any questions.

I asked my students to take photos of their schoolbags’ content. As I was later on showing the slides one by one we tried to guess whose is the bag and what it tells about the owner.


Konferencję “Nowa podstawa programowa z języków obcych”

Szanowni Państwo,

zapraszamy na konferencję “Nowa podstawa programowa z języków obcych”

Przygotowanie do egzaminu ósmoklasisty” w dniu 9 kwietnia 2018r /poniedziałek/ w godzinach 15-18.

W trakcie spotkania doradcy metodyczni WCIES przedstawią zwięźle główne wymagania egzaminu 8 klasisty a wydawnictwa dynamicznie przedstawią swoją ofertę wydawniczą dla 8 klas / repetytoria, podręczniki/. Wzorem zeszłorocznego wydarzenia każde wydawnictwo przygotuje dla Państwa materiały konferencyjne oraz będzie możliwość indywidualnych konsultacji zarówno z przedstawicielami wydawnictw jak i zespołem doradców.

Stoimy przed wyborem materiałów edukacyjnych dla 8 klas, dlatego zapraszamy na wydarzenie, które pozwoli porównać oferty i dokonać wyboru.

Partnerami wydarzenia Macmillan, OUP, Egis/Express Publishing, PWN, Pearson, Nowa Era – w jednym miejscu w jednym czasie!

Zapraszam nauczycieli języków obcych, na wydarzenie mamy tylko 150 miejsc, decyduje kolejność zgłoszeń.



More about

I am a small town guy who having discovered teaching profession moved to the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, to grow smarter and face the challanges of teaching in public institutions, private language schools and companies. After the Teacher Training Centre in Ciechanów and a year of private tuition and Public Lower Secondary School in Przasnysz I moved to another Lower Secondary in Warsaw, where I stayed for 6 years. Through this time I did my bit as a class teacher, gradutaed from Warsaw University, Institute of English Philology, where I wrote my MA thesis “Multiple Intelligences and using drama” under the supervision of Prof. dr hab. Hanna Komorowska.

At this time I fullfilled my dream and ambition to have graduated from psychology at Karydnał Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw where I defended my MA thesis “The sense of life and anxiety at teachers with short and and long career span” supervised by Jan Tylka.

In 2007 I moved to Thaddeus Czacki Highschool and I have been here since. At my school I have been twice a class teacher and a Students Spokesman, moodle platform administrator, leader of ICT and languages teachers coordinator. I am also responsible for professional development and it is one of the areas I feel really at ease. I like providing training to other teachers during workshops, and eagerly open the gates of my classroom to my fellows. Below you will find some of my other professional experiences:

• since 2015 – owner at Meet Up – educational services,

• since 2011 – teacher trainer at private educational institutions,

• 2009-2011 – e-teacher Empik Online developing and teaching courses, Warsaw

• since 2007 – teacher, teacher trainer at 27th T. Czacki High School in Warsaw,

• 2002-2008 – teacher, ISO Auditor at 39th Lower Secondary School in Warsaw,

• 2002-2009 – teacher, teacher trainer at TFLS – Warsaw,

• 2002-2004 – teacher of English at Brittanica School in Warsaw,

• 2009-2011 – Warsaw Feis Irish dancing contest organiser, Warsaw

• 2001-2002 – teacher at 1st Lower Secondary School in Przasnysz.

 Prizes/ grants/ projects so far

• 2016 – Global Issues SIG event organiser at IATEFL UK

• 2015 – “Let your fire burn” speech at “Twist” conference, Warsaw

• 2015 – “Global issues in ELT” speech at IATEFL HU Budapest,

• 2015 – “Burnout syndrome in teachers” speech at IATEFL PL Kraków,

• 2014 -“Authentic materials” workshop at IATEFL PL conference, Lublin

• 2014 – cooperation with Pro Publicum – e-learning system evaluation, Warsaw

• 2012 – Poland representative at Partners in Learning European Forum, Lisbon

• 2011 – the third prize at Innovative Teachers Contest in Poland,

• 2011 – European Language Label for the innovation in teaching English,

• 2010 – cooperation with Oxford University Press, coursebook reviews,

• 2009 – European eLearning Forum for Education 2 (ELFE 2)

In 2006 for the first time I received Comenius 2 .2.c.  grant for the teacher development course  Language and Contemporary Teaching Techniques organized by Bell Centre in Saffron Walden, UK. In 2010 I was again awarded a   Comenius programme grant for education staff. I took part in two weeks development training – Intspeakinginlisbonroduction to Information & Communication Technology for Language Teachers in University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

In 2011 I took part in the contest for Innovative Teachers and aI won the third prize which gave me the oppportunity to present my achievements and share with others in 2012 in Lisbon at the Microsoft event Partners in Learning European Forum.

DSC_2449The same year I was awarded European Language Label for the innovation in teaching for the project: www.czacki.moodle.waw.pl as a Tool Supporting English Teaching at No. XXVII Tadeusz Czacki Upper Secondary School in Warsaw.

In 2006 for the first time I received Comenius 2 .2.c.  grant for the teacher development course  Language and Contemporary Teaching Techniques organized by Bell Centre in Saffron Walden, UK.

Other initiatives

Between 2002  and 2006 I coorganized International Irish Dancing Competition in Warsaw – Warsawfeis


Pre-conference event for Global Issues SIG in Szczecin 16th September


Pre-Conference Event

16th September 2016

Crossing borders in a world of differences.

GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP Pre-Conference Event will deal with concepts of similarity and differences. How do these ideas translate into understanding of the world around us?

6 trainers and 4 sessions will lead the participants through gratefulness, understanding of cultural differences, drama and current controversial topics.

The aim of these Friday morning sessions is to inspire teachers to raise global issues within EFL classes, deepen the understanding of controversial topics and explore the “humanistic” factor of compassion to the less fortunate ones and gratitude for what we have.

The event will be also a chance to get first hand experience of some practical tasks to be used in the classroom first day after the conference.

The event is divided into two sessions and each of them split further in two parts. This will hopefully give participants the feel of dynamism and leave them inspired for the rest of the busy conference day.

1st session: 9:00 – 10.30
10-day grateful project and how to see people in people.

Part A: 10-day grateful project – the power of images, a communication bomb, endearing lessons (around 45 mins.)

There are lots of projects on offer and numerous topics to discuss in your course books, but the one we are going to talk about will change your and your students life. The only thing you need is a mobile phone, instagram and a will to get involved. We hope to show you how being positive about life can permeate to ELT and the other way round.

Trainers/ lecturers:
Monika Izbaner defended her doctoral thesis in 2014. Her research interests include methodology and technological innovations in teaching, public speaking and debationg and also British literature, politics and visual arts. She is passionate about designing her own ELT materials. She has published several major articles devoted to creativity in ELT, Scottish culture and current trends in popular culture.

Hanna Zięba is a lecturer at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz in the Department of Foreign Languages. Apart from teaching full-time students she also finds satisfaction in working with Erasmus students and teaching at the University of the Third Age. Her other professional affiliation is with Centrum Edukacyjne Lemon House where she teaches different age groups at all levels. She is especially interested in materials design, modern technologies, and psychology.

Part B: So different, yet so alike – how understanding differences makes us humans(around 45 mins.)

A practical session on how mastering the language of similarities and differences may bring a deeper understanding of humanity. Examples of how culture and media may teach us to be more human, simultaneously helping develop crucial skills in changing multicultural societies.

Trainer/ lecturer:
Marcin Stanowski is a psychologist, trainer and a teacher at Czacki High school in Warsaw.
As an avid Moodler and and IT enthusiast obtained European Language Label Award. Several times was a grant holder of Comenius and RELO programmes.
Marcin is also Global Issues Special Interest Group Coordinator and runs a blog at http://superteachers.pl.
2nd session: 11:00 – 12.30
Global Issues and Drama for better understanding

Part A: Global issues in an EFL classroom (around 45 mins.)


The world is in a crisis, or even is multiple crises: climate change, income inequalities, water wars, refugees, overpopulation, poverty and hunger, child labour, just to name a few. Yet, what makes into the news does not make so easily to the classroom. What is studied by specialists does not easily get into our minds.
In this workshop I would like to tackle the most urgent of the global issues and show how to incorporate them in the lessons of English.

Trainers/ lecturers:
Aleksandra Zaparucha has an MA in Geography (1989) and English (2001) gained at the Nicolas Copernicus University (UMK) in Toruń, Poland. A teacher of both for 18 years, including CLIL programs. She has co-operated with Field Studies Council, Geographical Association and British Council at various events, courses and publications. She is the author of a series of three lower secondary workbooks for bilingual Geography, published by SOP Oświatowiec and nominated for the ELTon Award in the category of Local Innovation in 2014. For the last 9 year she has been a freelancer, delivering training to English and subject teachers in Poland, as well as numerous countries in Europe and Asia. She is a regular contributor to Geografia w Szkole and The Teacher.

Part B: Drama as a means for raising difficult or controversial topics. (around 45 mins.)

Have you ever thought of introducing contemporary issues in your lesson plan? Are you at least a bit into acting? If yes then come and take part in our workshop, where we would like to share with you our idea on drama lessons in this respect.

Trainers/ lecturers:
Daniel Starski – graduate of Warsaw University, political science dept, bilateral exchange programme with NorthEastern Illinois University in Chicago and SWPS. 6 years teaching in public schools, 12 years overall. Also interpreter at conferences and for two years affiliated with Busines English Magazine as an author. Currently English teacher at XXVIII Kochanowski high school in Warsaw”

Jolanta Żeromska – graduate of English Philology at the University of Łódź and Geography at Akademia Pomorska in Słupsk. 21 years of experience in high school education, experience in translations and 11 years cooperating with the local OKE. Currently teaching English at V Zbigniew Herbert high school in Słupsk. Interested in innovation in education.