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Halina Maria
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Bio: M.A. Senior Lecturer Wrocław University of Science and Technology - Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27 50-370 Wrocław, Poland I am an enthusiastic online non-native English teacher. I have been teaching English online since 2010. I have taught children as well as adults. I have a master’s degree in education from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, Philology, Linguistics Jul 1974. After 40 years of teaching in traditional classroom settings, I grow into an experienced online professional tutor. I specialize in Conversational English. I also prepare, for variety tests, including the Cambridge and Oxford standardized exams. I take advantage of new technologies. My approach is Teaching English with Technology. I use blended learning, flipping the classroom, learning by teaching or encouraging change from passive to fully active learners are significant implements in my teaching/ learning. I teach English as a foreign language. I also conduct lectures in English on Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world. I spent almost ten years in the USA and became an American Citizen in 2000. I have been participating in online teacher's training courses since 2010. I am striving to involve students in all kinds of activities like connecting and exchanging information. I find Virtual Classes tremendously exciting and challenging; they make attendees feel like having real meetings and discussions. Visual and audio tools that can be shared among participants are primarily significant in any classroom environments.  Professional Online English Teacher  Premium Teacher on WizIQ: • Skilled in motivating and mentoring students of all ages and learning levels. • Experience studying/ teaching American culture and social sciences http://www.wiziq.com/halina-maria-ostanko https://www.italki.com/halina https://preply.com/en/tutor/settings/verification https://www.livelingua.com/  M.A. Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan  Enthusiastic University Senior Lecturer: • Dedicated to creating an enjoyable, inviting, and dynamic learning atmosphere. • Focused on innovative methods motivating students to learn the English language and to understand American culture. • Experienced ESL Instructor versed in using effective and efficient methods of teaching while focusing on the individual needs of each student. • Versatile Online English Teacher trained in private tutoring for adult professionals to elementary school classroom instructions. Work Experience M.A. Senior Lecturer Wroclaw University of Science and Technology - Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland • October 1st, 1976 Assistant Professor • 1980 Senior Assistant Professor • 1986 Lecturer • 1995 – 2000 Senior Lecturer at Polish-American Postgraduate Study of Communication and The Organization and Management • 2000- 2014 Senior Lecturer in Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world • October 2013 - 2014 a freelance Senior Lecturer • 2000- 2013 Public Relation Representative for the Department of Foreign Languages  2011 – 2016 Premium Teacher on WizIQ:  2013 to Present Professional Online English Teacher Communication The Organization and Management Jan '00 - Jan '14 (14 Years, 1 Month) Communication in The Organization and Management 2000- 2014 Senior Lecturer Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world Public Relation Representative Department of Foreign Languages Jan '00 - Jan '13 (13 Years, 1 Month) 2000- 2013 Public Relation Representative for Department of Foreign Languages Senior Lecturer Polish-American Postgraduate Study Jan '95 - Jan '00 (5 Years) 1995 2000 Senior Lecturer at Polish-American Postgraduate Study of Communication and The Organization and Management Assistant Professor Jan '86 - Dec '86 (11 Months) 1986 University Lecturer Senior Assistant Professor Jan '80 - Dec '80 (11 Months) 1980 Senior University Assistant Premium English Online Teacher WizIQ, http://www.wiziq.com/halina-maria-ostanko Feb '11 - Nov '16 (5 Years, 9 Months) • Skilled in motivating and mentoring students of all ages and learning levels. • Experienced studying / teaching American culture and social sciences. Enthusiastic University Senior Lecturer: • Dedicated to creating an enjoyable, inviting, and dynamic learning atmosphere. • Focused on innovative methods motivating students to learn the English language and to understand American culture. • Experienced ESL Instructor versed in using effective and efficient methods of teaching while focusing on the individual needs of each student. • Versatile Online English Teacher trained in private tutoring for adult professionals to elementary school classroom instructions. Non- Native English Online Teacher I am available for private lessons on Skype or in my virtual classroom. My online classroom is equipped with a microphone, camera, whiteboard, media player, file sharing, and a variety of other tools. I have 25 years of experience teaching private English lessons to adults and adolescents from beginning level to advanced. My students have included business executives, professors, medicine doctors, engineers, university students, primary and secondary school students, and adults learning English for daily life. I know I can help make significant, fast as well as adequate progress in English. Education Master of Arts: Philology, majors in Polish Philology, the English language, at the Wroclaw University, Poland, majoring in Philology, Linguistics Pl. Uniwersytecki 1 50-137 Wroclaw • Major in Linguistics with emphasis on philology and linguistics • Recipient of Scientific Scholarship • Guardian of students’ scientific association at Philology • Continuing education in the Polish-American Postgraduate Study of Communication in The Organization and Management, organized by the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, the University of Wroclaw and Central Connecticut State University. • June 1995 - Social Communication Diploma • 2014 - Teaching with Technology Certificate • 2013 - English Online Teacher Certificate Bachelor Degree '95 | Communication The University of Wroclaw and Central Connecticut State University Jun '95 Polytechnics, the University of Wroclaw and Central Connecticut State University. June 1995 - Social Communication Diploma English Online Teacher (Expert) More than 10 Years I am an enthusiastic online non-native English teacher. I have been teaching English online since 2010. I have taught children as well as adults. I have a master’s degree in education from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, Philology, Linguistics Jul 1974. After 40 years of teaching, I grow into an experienced online professional tutor. I specialize in Conversational English. I also prepare, for variety tests, including the Cambridge and Oxford standardized exams. I take advantage of new technologies. My approach is Teaching English with Technology. I use blended learning, flipping the classroom, learning by teaching or encouraging change from passive to fully active learners are significant implements in my teaching/ learning. Teaching Skills • Expertise in Language Teaching • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (10+ years), • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) (10+ years), • Experience with instructional design • Managing classroom for diverse populations • Teaching with Technology • Online Teaching • Learning by Teaching Professional Development Online Education Competency-Based Education Collaborative Learning Distance Education Technology Enhanced Learning Critical Thinking Tutoring Cooperative Learning Teaching Materials Comparative Education Educational Management Problem Solving • Songs in English Teaching (10+ years), • Preparing for the most important international ESL exams: IELTS, the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, and the Cambridge English exams such as Advanced (CAE), First (FCE), Key (KET) and Preliminary (PET) (10+ years) PR Skills (Expert) More than 10 Years I organized a Summer School of Polish Language, ran lectures on Polish Culture and History in English for international students, created a website http://www.sjo.pwr.wroc.pl I was also responsible for generating the image of the Department of Polish for Foreigners at Wroclaw University of Technology / SJPC / in the media and on the Internet. As the first in our Team began teaching Polish at a distance and online. Today I consider myself as an expert in the field of distance learning; both in teaching Polish and English. Furthermore, my work as a lecturer in postgraduate studies, in the area of Communication and Management was very efficient. Surrounded by the framework of those studies, I conducted courses on self-presentation, public relations, public speaking, culture, language correctness, etc. The lectures were very popular among the audience and were also very much appreciated by the organizers of these studies. Publications Teaching with Technology - Research Gate Feb '15 Author(s): Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Halina_Ostankowicz_Bazan/publications I take advantage of novel methods to build up active learning skills and to encourage students toward further education, or else to mature students' thinking skills. For most of my learners, the techniques I use are fresh. They come to study in Poland from all the Globe, and the majority of them are not used to blended learning as well as flipped classes. They have to be talked into active learning and taking the responsibility of their knowledge. My role as a teacher is to be a learning coach, mentor and a source of support as well as inspiration. Flipping provides students opportunities such as; interactive questioning, mind exploration, answer “why this is important for me to recognize this?” and student-created content. During my language classes, I also use flipped methods because I believe in learning by researching as well as having fun while studying. LEARNING AND TEACHING ONLINE - https://www.academia.edu/ Apr '16 Author(s): Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan Link: https://pwr-wroc.academia.edu/HalinaOstankowiczBazan/Papers Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teachings, but they are qualitatively different. Online education starts when faculty moves from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. There are some things that the two have in common, but there are also plenty of differences. Blended Learning vs. Flipped Learning By Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan According to Horn and Staker, blended learning is: “ Any time a student learns, at least in part, at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and, at least in part, through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and pace. https://www.academia.edu/24010870/Blended_Learning_vs_Flipped_Learning Teaching Adults By Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan When we decide to teach adults, the awareness, as well as comprehension of whom we teach and what we learn, is essential https://www.academia.edu/21816186/Teaching_Adults WE NEED THE CONVERSION FROM PASSIVE LEARNING TO ACTIVE TRAINING ENGLISH SKILLS https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312155252_WE_NEED_THE_CONVERSION_FROM_PASSIVE_LEARNING_TO_ACTIVE_TRAINING_ENGLISH_SKILLS The Essentials About Halina's Teaching https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312155163_The_Essentials_About_Halina%27s_Teaching More; https://pwr-wroc.academia.edu/HalinaOsta%C5%84kowiczBazan https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Halina_Ostankowicz_Bazan/contributions Awards & Honors Recipient of Scientific Scholarship at the Wroclaw University of Technology Distinguished Awards from 1976 to 2013: • Awards of the Minister of National Education for Teaching and Scientific Achievements • Wroclaw University of Technology Rector's Golden Award for M.A. Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan • Directors of Foreign Languages Department Award for Teaching and Scientific Achievements • Awards from Department of Polish for Foreigners Director for Promotional Achievements • Medal for Service the Polish Nation from the President of Poland • President’s of the Republic of Poland Gold Medal for Long-Term Service • WUT Rector’s Individual Award for Didactic Achievements • Medal of National Education Commission • Golden Badge of the Wroclaw University of Technology • Medal for Distinguished Service to the Wroclaw University of Technology Development. About Me I am an enthusiastic online non-native English teacher. I have been teaching English online since 2010. I have taught children as well as adults. I have a master’s degree in education from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, Philology, Linguistics Jul 1974. After 40 years of teaching in traditional classroom settings, I grow into an experienced online professional tutor. I specialize in Conversational English. I also prepare, for variety tests, including the Cambridge and Oxford standardized exams. I take advantage of new technologies. My approach is Teaching English with Technology. I use blended learning, flipping the classroom, learning by teaching or encouraging change from passive to fully active learners are significant implements in my teaching/ learning. Work Samples Learning and Teaching Online However, online learning involves more than just the presentation and distribution of the materials using the Web: the learner and the learning process should be the focus of online learning. Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teachings, but they are qualitatively different. Online education starts when faculty moves from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. There are some things that the two have in common, but there are also plenty of differences. Halina's Conversational English ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION HALINA’S ENGLISH ONLINE COURSE Throughout my online course, participants will be able to ask questions before (in the courseware), during the Virtual Class (in the chat box), and after (in the courseware). For the duration of the six live lessons, I will show you exactly what you need to do to make fast progress and achieve your dream of being able to speak English spontaneously as well as naturally. I will go through the approach based on your learning style and show you the best methods and techniques so that you will make incredible progress. Technology and Teaching To me, teaching with technology involves the development of my approaches that includes four major modules: the course content, the coach, the students and the technology implements. After over thirty years of teaching, I felt bored with my traditional technics and wanted to find some inspiration, as well as improvement. My motivation, to search for the updated coaching methods, was an eagerness to get my classes more challenging and more exciting. Determining how to teach with technology has assisted me to make progress as an instructor and a scholar. Educational activity with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to choose the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your destinations for student scholarship. In the classroom, technology can encompass all sorts of devices from low-tech pencil, newspaper publisher, and chalkboard, to the utilization of presentation software, or high-tech tablets, online collaboration, and conferencing tools, and more. The new technologies allow us to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that were not possible before. What you use depends fundamentally on what you are attempting to reach. The Future of Education My Hopes for the Future Education "Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another." - G.K. Chesterton My hope is that teachers will make learning personalized rather than standardized for everyone. My hope allows improving students’ creativity, and educators increase that natural curiosity with learners. Curiosity is the basis of innovation. Curiosity will power our world to progress. My hope is that you charge the power of technology in thoughtful and incredible ways. Applied science can connect everyone, everywhere, at whatever time. We should use it to our advantage. I hope for everyone to be able to discover the things you are passionate about. I also hope that you have remarkable, encouraging educators and mentors who try groundbreaking and wild teaching techniques to help you grow as a learner. My hope is you are ready for the challenges as well as the failure. Making mistakes is a way to learn. It’s not about the disaster; it’s how you respond to the failure. And finally, my hope is that your school is different from most of the current transactional learning models, where the students are consumers of education. Lastly, I hope for people to be just educational learners fitted in transformational learning approach with opportunity for active, creative and profound personal development. Education can take place anywhere and at any time. It is not only about reading, writing, and learning mathematical practices. Knowledge is wide-ranging. It’s breathing. Learning is the future. “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost by Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan Social Media & Personal Websites Blog: (http://halina123dotcom.wordpress.com) Facebook: (http://facebook.com/halina.ostankowiczbazan ) Google+: (https://plus.google.com/+HalinaOstankowiczBazan/posts) LinkedIn: (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/halina-ostankowicz-bazan/3b/841/4b6) Twitter: (https://twitter.com/halina1234) Halina's English Academy: (http://halina123dotcom.wordpress.com ) http://halina123dotcom.wordpress.com http://www.wiziq.com/halina-maria-ostanko http://halinaostankowicz.blogspot.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/HalinaOstakowiczBazan/presentations https://www.youtube.com/user/1234halina1 Halina's English Academy: https://halina123dotcom.wordpress.com/ 21st Century Education References https://www.linkedin.com/in/halina-ostankowicz-bazan-4b68413b/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/halina-ostankowicz-bazan-4b68413b/ Title: https://www.linkedin.com/in/halina-ostankowicz-bazan-4b68413b/ Ludmila Smirnova Professor of Education at MSMC July 26, 2014, Ludmila managed Halina directly I have known Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan for a few years already and had a chance to see her as a learner, a teacher, a trainer and a leader. She is a very skillful teacher of English and knows WizIQ tools very well. She has been successfully moderating, facilitating Moodle for teacher’s workshops on IT4ALL and WizIQ for a few years. Halina is a very reliable collaborator and a very supportive, positive trainer. Agnieszka Szyszka Fereniec Business and General English Teacher September 20, 2014, Agnieszka worked with Halina but at different companies Halina jest profesjonalistką. Polecam! George Machlan George Machlan Speech Coach at St George's Academy of Dragon Slaying and spoken English July 17, 2014, George worked with Halina in different groups Halina is a consummate professional and willing to explore all technological solutions and innovative approaches to teaching. Wioleta Michalska Key Account Consultant at YKK Norway June 30, 2014, Wioleta was a client of Halina’s Do you think that English is not your thing and you can't learn it? Try to learn it with my best English teacher ever :))) Her approach and actions to make F2F and on-line students really speak English are outstanding! You can also prepare with her to any English exam you're going to take. Her blended teaching techniques, as well as flipped classroom tactics, make her a really effective language teacher. On the other hand, her personality will make you English classes a pure pleasure! Enjoy! Ljiljana Knezevic Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) at University of Belgrade May 10, 2014, Ljiljana worked with Halina, but at different companies, Halina is a highly active, knowledgeable and dedicated professional with no obvious intention of ever retiring. An English teacher with a wide range of various interests and activities in the field of education, always ready to find and accept new challenges. Her long work experience and expert knowledge together with her ever-lasting and tireless activity make her distinguish herself as a teacher to remember. Vladimir Smirnov -- April 30, 2014, Vladimir worked with Halina in different groups Halina is a knowledgeable and dedicated professional in the area of teaching. She is continuously improving and updating her teaching techniques. Her striving for perfection is exemplary. Ph.D. Nancy L. Zingrone, Ph.D. Professor, School of Psychology, Northcentral University April 21, 2014, Nancy L. worked with Halina in different groups Halina, and I have worked with each other on various courses on the WizIQ system and on the Moodle courses at http://www.integrating-technology.org. She has been a reliable and wonderfully creative colleague, co-facilitating the Moodle portion of an enormous course with me, and providing webinars of her own that brought her culture and her expertise in teaching English as a second language to the fore. The students who have taken the courses we have co-facilitated are teachers and graduate students also focused on teaching English as a second language. Her helpfulness and knowledge have inspired me, and I'm sure many of the people who have taken the courses. All of the courses we have been involved with have been free to the students; her commitment to the education of her colleagues and to her own learning has also been inspiring to me. I hope to work with her on similar projects again in the future.

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  1. turgayevren says:

    Halina is an inspiring teacher who touches hearts of her students with her passion, enthusiasm and dedication for teaching. We need more teachers like Halina, who has devoted herself to teaching, to make a difference in our world. I feel happy to have known such a great teacher who keeps searching for new methods to teach, and sharing the jewels and pearls she has discovered in her journey with other people who embarked on the path of learning / teaching.

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  2. archecotech says:

    Hello Halina, Found your blog through “AboutMe”, you’ve put together some great material here, along with fantastic resources. I currently live and work in Kazan, Russia as a ESL Teacher. It been a very rewarding career and enjoy teaching. Thanks for finding me and I hope to explore and connect with your blog in the future. Steve

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  3. So do I! I’m off to Vietnam. It seems very disorganised and anybody can get hired as long as teachers are English natives. I start being concerned…

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