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Welcome to Halina’s Conversational English online course

Video Welcome to Halina’s Conversational English online course By Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan I have been teaching languages for over 40 years.I taught Polish as foreign languages in traditional sett…

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Why use technology to teach language?

I am using a blended learning/ training and flipped classroom approaches.
The traditional physical classroom settings are not efficient enough, for my lessons.

In my view, technology gives us countless new possibilities.
As I have already specified, I prefer blended learning, which means, taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and opportunities confronted by new technologies.

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In one word – Differentiation

I have thought about this long and hard. I’m not a big proponent of using “tech for tech’s sake” or just because it is “cool” and students like it. I sympathize with the argument that we should use technology because it is such a ubiquitous part of our life/living (or that of our student’s). However, I still think we need a strong pedagogical reason, a rationale for its use.

In general, technology is valuable for what it does to the continuum of space and time. Technology allows us to access knowledge like never before – the library doors are wide open and so many can enter. There is no bottleneck and no 9 to 5 access. So I did consider the #1 reason to use tech as being “time on task” or “connectivity”. Students have more access to “real” language through tools like EnglishCentral.  The distinctions…

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Learn with top instructors from the best universities in Europe

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Learning with a real teacher and a structured course helps you to stay motivated and disciplined

ja_obraz

Private 1 on 1 Skype lessons
Your teacher spends all his/her time on you and you do not have to wait on other students.

Your teacher will provide you with as many online learning materials as you want. You will get YouTube videos, audio files, interactive exercises, pdfs and printable documents.

The Essentials About Halina’s Teaching

I am a passionate non- native English teacher from Poland. Teaching is a crucial part of my life. With that understanding, I am a lifelong learner.

 

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In the picture, you can see my Polish as a foreign language class. We are studying in the library.

I am applying a blended learning/ training and flipped classroom approaches.
The traditional physical classroom settings are not efficient enough, for my lessons

In my opinion, technology gives us countless new possibilities.
As I have already specified, I prefer blended learning, which means, taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and opportunities confronted with new technologies.
An occasion to meet and connect with people from the entire Globe is one of the reasons I appreciate online communication, very much.
I retired in October 2013 and signed for a freelance Senior Lecturer occupation at the Wroclaw University of Technology.
At present, I am going to continue taking and giving online English courses.

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What is more, I am confidently getting ready to finalize my online project Halina’s English Academy
http://halina123dotcom.wordpress.com

Thinking in a foreign language is precisely what I want my students to accomplish.
I teach without a bridge language, or lingua franca also known as a common language, trade language or even vehicular language. Students do not share any language.
When I teach Polish, my foreigners and I have to speak only Polish, and my English classes are run entirely in English.
This means they are required to forget about their native language and start speaking as well as thinking in a foreign language.
My students learn English in different contexts, mostly singing phrases, expressions, collocation, idioms, and phrasal verbs, and also telling stories. Moreover, I encourage them to talk to everybody, even to themselves in a foreign language. As a result of this, they can establish a set of compelling stories.

I correct only substantial mistakes. I do not want them to stop talking. I also encourage my students to listen to songs, watch movies with subtitles in a language they learn, read a lot and so forth.
Additionally, I often use YouTube videos to improve a student’s pronunciation, as well as movies with English subtitles and of course songs.

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The picture shows my super friend Jason Fluency MC.

I have been taking advantage of Jason’s English classes since I ran into him in 2011.

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Music in English Teaching Part 2 Movies
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I believe in using music in English teaching. My approach is that we do not speak the language, but rather we sing it. English bears a unique melody, rhythm as well as intonation.
My students enjoy English lessons with me because they are never bored.

Some publications available online
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Halina_Ostankowicz_Bazan/publications https://pwr-wroc.academia.edu/HalinaOstankowiczBazan/Papers

 

 

Native Speaker Privilege and Unprofessionalism within the ESL Industry by Kevin Hodgson 

I think that generally speaking, it does not count if you are a native or non – native English speaker.
The question is how to be a good creative teacher, with the capability to inspire students to absorb a language.

Thank you for the post Kevin Hodgson.

TEFL Equity Advocates

These days, there is a lot of talk about privilege, particularly white male privilege, in English language media.  It is argued that people who fit these racial and gender profiles receive institutional benefits because they “…resemble the people who dominate the powerful positions in our institutions” (Kendall, 2002, p. 1).  However, others have argued that the term is problematic because the issue of inequity is much more dynamic or overlapping and ignores other important variables such as social and economic class.  A quick perusal of the comments section on any online article dealing with the topic will immediately reveal just how strongly opinionated people are on either side of the debate; it has only helped to create even more divisiveness in societies that are already ideologically separated by an ever growing political schism of conservatism vs. liberalism. 

Seen from a global perspective, however, one wonders why no mention is even…

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Polish Christmas Traditions

Polish customs, especially at Christmas time, are both beautiful and meaningful.     The provisions for Christmas begin many days before the real celebration. Nearly everywhere women are …

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