Intensive course of English for Poles

Second edition (finished)

The first edition of the course (more details below) enjoyed so much popularity that we have decided to carry out another one.

It will begin already in October. The course will aim to develop the participants’ skills in communicating in English. The participants will be able to broaden their vocabulary and grammar, learn the rules of using the correct register, as well as find out how to avoid mistakes typical for Polish students. The course will be also an opportunity to broaden one’s abilities with regard to reading and listening comprehension.

The course programme includes two thematical modules:

1) Effective communication workshops
The course will aim to develop the participants’ skills in communicating in English. The participants will be able to broaden their vocabulary and grammar, learn the rules of using the correct register, as well as find out how to avoid mistakes typical for Polish students. The course will be also an opportunity to broaden one’s abilities with regard to reading and listening comprehension.

The classes will be conducted by Paulina Chołda.

2) Interpersonal skills workshops
This part of the course will make it possible for the participants to acquaint themselves more closely with the notion of interpersonal skills and to develop particular competences that will allow them to function easily in an English-language community. The classes will involve exercises aiming to develop the awareness of cross-cultural differences, which will make effective communication possible. The course participants will also have an opportunity to perfect interpersonal skills desired at the labour market, as well as improve their ability to conduct a conversation.

The classes will be conducted by Ewa Wróblewska.

Before the classes, the participants will have an opportunity to take part in individual consultations with the teachers.

The course will take place between 14 and 25 October, from Monday until Friday, from 5.30 PM until 8:45 PM. Before the classes, you will have an opportunity to take part in individual consultations with the teachers. The classes will take place at the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre’s lecture hall in London, 238-246 King Street (the building of the Polish Cultural and Social Association), London W6 ORF.

On 20 October we invite you to take part in additional meeting with special guests.

Participation in the course is free of charge.

A current CV and the application form should be sent to pon@uj.edu.pl

 

First edition (finished)

The first two weeks of September 2013 at the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London are the time to study English. Our intensive language workshops will be a perfect opportunity to improve your vocabulary or grammar, and to learn effective communication techniques under the supervision of specialists from the world of media and from the academic community.

Thanks to practical exercises, conversations, work in small groups, and the usage of active techniques of learning, the workshop participants will acquire abilities allowing them to function freely in English language environment, in formal situations and in the academic world. The combination of case study activities, acquiring skills of easy communication, as well as active work with the use of multimedia tools will allow the participants to gain a solid basis for further development of linguistic competences. If you want to become more confident with regards to self-presentation, meet interesting people or simply enjoy yourself – ours are just the workshops for you!

Open yourself up to new experiences!

Dates of classes:
The course will take place between 2 and 13 September, from Monday to Friday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm. On 7 and 14 September we invite you to take part in additional meetings with special guests.

Place:
The PON UJ lecture hall
238-246 King Street (Polish Social and Cultural Association)
London W6 ORF

Applications:
Applicants should submit an application form and CV. The documents should be sent to pon@uj.edu.pl by 16 August 2013.

Applicants permanently residing in the United Kingdom, for whom participation in the workshops may turn out to be helpful in improving their language and interpersonal skills, will be given priority.

Participation in the course is free of charge. The number of places is limited.

Course outline:
The course programme includes two thematic modules:

1) Media workshops

The workshops constitute a communication course in English that includes exercises based on various situations which the participants can encounter in their current and future work environment and career activities. Part of the programme will consist in practical classes on conducting presentations, conducting and giving interviews, working on public speeches and debates. In addition to the language element, the programme will include exercises in working with a camera recorder and a microphone in real environment – outside the “classroom”. The participants will have an opportunity to prepare a television and radio feature in English, based on authentic news materials, as well as to learn the rules and methods for conducting an Oxford style debate.

The class will be run by Grzegorz Nawrocki.

2) Academic English

Two first sessions will be devoted to gaining the ability to analyse and construct written texts in a way that captures what you want to say succinctly and concisely. It considers different kinds of formal writing, including both reports and academic papers. The focus is on identifying an appropriate structure and style. Preparation required. Materials to follow. Another element of the course will consist in taking a  learning by doing approach. This session centres on how to make good oral presentations in English.

The class will be run by Nathaniel Copsey, PhD.

We are available for individual consultations every day before the classes.

Staff:

Grzegorz Nawrocki – graduate of International Studies at the University of Cambridge, Television Journalism at the University of Preston, English Philology (Jagiellonian University) and American Studies (University of Warsaw). Journalist and presenter of feature programmes on TVP (including Punkt widzenia, Newsroom, Wywiady Jedynk and others. A twice recipient of the British government scholarship “British Chevening Scholarship”, the Schuman Foundation programme “Leader in Civil Society” and BAS Top People Project in BBC World Service. He cooperated with the newsroom handling the Danish parliament for TV2. He organises and conducts the cycle “Oxford Debates” at the University of Warsaw. He conducted radio and tv workshops for young journalists in Poland, United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark. His interests include word theatre and drama. Director of radio plays.

Nathaniel Copsey – Reader in Politics, Head of the Politics and International Relations group and Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University. On graduating from the College of Europe, he worked as a presenter at Telewizja Polska in Warsaw and subsequently in London at the international think tank, the Policy Network. He has taught at the College of Europe, Sciences-Po Rennes, the University of Helsinki and the European Studies Institute of MGIMO in Moscow. He is a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Sussex European Institute and University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has provided written and oral policy advice to a wide range of public and private sector bodies on European-integration related issues, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Labour Party, the EU Committee of the Regions, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, US Congress and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

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