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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: 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.)

Abstract: 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.)

Abstract: 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 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.)

Abstract: 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.


Wszyscy opowiadamy/ people fall for stories…

Jestem kiepski w opowiadaniu historyjek.
Nigdy nie byłem duszą towarzystwa. Gdy opowiadam dowcipy, to po pierwsze nie na trzeźwo, a po drugie, wchodzę w dygresje i żart ciągnie sie jak flaki z olejem. Niby wszystko mam obczajone, ale jednak słów mi brak.
A śmieszna odpowiedź na czyjeś pytanie zajmuje mi wieki.
Ale to po polsku.
Gdy wchodzę na lekcję angielskiego, ja i moi uczniowie opowiadamy. Historyjki, anegdoty, dowcipy, suchary. Wymyślamy alternatywne wersje opowiastek, które są zaprezentowane w podręczniku. Na przykład dzisiaj:
image Fabuła opowieści dotyczyła spóźnionego pracownika, ale przerobiliśmy ją na opowieść o szefie, który przechwala się swoim nowym zegarkiem :-). Potem już wyobraźnia uczniów poniosła nas w  wielu kierunkach…
Dlaczego o tym piszę? My nauczyciele tworzymy narrację, opowiadamy o gramatyce, wymyślamy tło/ kontekst dla struktur leksykalnych i gramatycznych.  Prawimy o kulturze, o etymologii słów. Wciągamy w to naszych uczniów. W ten sposób wciągamy ich w centrum świata, po angielsku. Rozbudzamy ciekawość i stymulujemy ich kreatywność.  Lepiej, dzięki temu, zapamietają słownictwo, gramatykę, elementy kultury.
Bo opowiadanie to element codzienności, realizmu, tego czego czasem brakuje w sztywnych ramach podręcznika. Dzięki temu, że jesteśmy opowiadaczami, ubarwiamy życie naszych uczniów i swoje.
Nawet Ci, którzy “suck at telling stories” po polsku ( jak ja) odkrywają w sobie artystę, opowiadacza, gawędziarza, gdy przychodzi im mówić w obcym języku. Skąd czerpać inspirację do zajęć z wykorzystaniem opowieści?
Z uczniów, z mediów, z codzienności…
Czerpię ją także z kontaktu z urodzonymi opowiadaczami.
Takim opowiadaczem jest Jamie Keddie. Nie mogę się doczekać 24 kwietnia, kiedy spotkam Jamiego w Warszawie na Storylicious. Wydarzeniu zorganizowanym przez Ośrodek Doskonalenie Nauczycieli LANG, na którym mam nadzieję zakochać się w tysiącu pomysłów zaprezentowanych przez niesamowitych nauczycieli praktyków. Spójrzcie jacy młodzi 🙂image
Chę się podzielić z Wami inspiracjami! Opiszę to co wydarzy się na Storylicious na moim blogu jako akredytowany blogger Storylicious.
Inspiracje najlepiej wchłaniać na żywo i dlatego chcę Was zachęcić do “first hand experience” – wzięcia udziału w minikonferencji.
Zapisz się tu! Dla czytelników mojego bloga mam
Dzięki niemu zapiszesz się na to wydarzenie taniej 🙂
Do zobaczenia!

Let your fire burn.. IATEFL Slovenia, Saturday 5th March 2016

It has been a lovely Saturday here in Topolsica. I learned so much and met fabulous professionals. Thank you all for allowing me to present my ideas here in this beautiful spot where the inspiration is born.image
Below you may  find my presentation from IATEFL Slovenia Conference:
Let your fire burn… PPT
And here is a handout for some of the tasks presented: Let your fire burn- handout.
See you soon at another workshop somewhere in ELT world.

20 (or more) great sites with TED lesson plans

If you like me love using TED talks in the EFL classroom, this post is a must. Probably, just like me, you design your own lessons based on TED talks. I find them absolutely inspiring, thought-provoking and an excellent resource for a lesson of English. Reasons for using TED talks are numerous:
  • the length of 5-20 minutes makes them just long and short enough to be used in one 45 minute lesson (state-run schools format),image
  • I personally feel watching a longer piece of video at the lesson is wasting of precious time, once again TED talks are just right choice length-wise,
  • usually, one TED video, regardless of the length is stimulating enough to wrap it up neatly in the web of speaking, writing, listening and reading, thus we cater for all skills in one lesson which is much context based,
  • the talks do include texts with a good level of grammar and vocabulary, which usually may be nicely isolated and practised afterwards,
  • they are so plentiful that you can always choose something what you like… or your students like 🙂
Wait a minute… If you are here, you’re probably in love with TED talks already, so there’s no need to present all the reasons and advantages. Though, if you need some hint how to go about it, the best source is IELTS Advantage site where you will find all the ways students will benefit from the talks. And what about assigning your students TED talks and making them comment and  blog about them? That’s what’s happening here: If you think of how you can use TED talks to teach CLIL, maybe is a good place. Even if the website is maintained by non EFL teacher it may still be inspiring for us. Let me just state that I have developed some resources for TED talks and I will share them with you soon, but for now I want to list all the places in the net where I have found ready made TED-based materials and I find them really handy, especially when some sub teaching happens and I am not really prepared for some extra material :-). So, if you already searched through  and you may look at the blogs of individuals and be amazed:
  1. Creme de la creative!!! Here you will find ESL/EFL lessons for intermediate to advanced learners of English based on the TEDTalks and neatly designed by Doug Evans. What’s mostinteresting is Doug uses the scripts for reading comprehension!
  2. Kingsway Institute hold a very interesting wiki helping students learn English. If you look closely  that a goldmine of lessons, tasks or question lists for particular TED talks.  Here it is: . I found it especially useful when it comes to listening comprehension.
  3. Andrew Jones website is has not only matching design to TED portal but also the biggest number of lessons, meticulously prepared. The resources are well tagged and each is accompanied by a script and activities. is a surefire choice 5 minutes before a lesson 🙂
  4. Freeenglishlessonplans by Tim offers two such resources: Pamela Meyer, How to spot a liar and  Daniel Kish, How I use sonar to navigate the world
  5. Collection of TED talks lessons on lessonplandigger by Gosia a Polish teacher workin in Spain – a beautifully designed website with valuable and easy to use lesson plans.
  6. Karen Joy Sylvester’s lessons based on TED are not only lessons but also various ideas on ur use of talks in EFL classroom.
  7. One of my favourite ELT materials bloggers is David Maninwood with his , his lessons are almost always CLIL like and insightful. The link will lead you to one of David’s evergreen lessons on sense of life but of you search his website for “ted” you will find a lot more.
  8. linguahouse has prepared their own share , 16 of them, however some resources are available only after registration, and well some of them are paid, but worth it!
  9. TEFLGEEK  has their share as well.
  10. Rachel Roberts is TED-wise resourceful at her blog:
  11. You may want to stay in touch with ELT Connect where you may notice a lesson on digital tattoos or awesome the word.
  12. It’s not difficult to bridge the students’ needs with EFL Tower TED talks mini lessons.
  13. Guess what?  TED talks are everywhere, Joanna Melefaki wrote two lesson plans which are available at her blog here.
  14. Next is Jamie Keddie and his stream of lessons, among which you will find a lesson on motivation.
  15. Mondo’s EFL/ESL world will invite you to
  16. Anita Lewicka’s Friendly Lingua website is also a place where she shares her lesson plans. One of them, on the body language is here.
  17. Not only Polish teachers do that, next on the list is Svetlana from Ukraine:
  18. Emma Segev has also something to say on Jay Walker’s ‘English Mania’.
  19. If you are still insatiable you may grab a lesson here:
  20. Finally, remember the list is never ending with so many teachers contributing on a daily basis.  Please add more lesson plans in comments below. And maybe we will have a new lesson a day like at this webpage: