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The Essentials Of Halina’s Teaching

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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.

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.

Thinking in a foreign language is precisely what I want my students to accomplish. I teach without a bridge language, or lingua franca was also known as a common language, trade language or even vehicular language. Students do not share any language. I focus on practical communication skills which cover the ability to: speak appropriately with a wide variety of students while maintaining good eye contact, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor the language to your audience. We need to listen effectively, present ideas appropriately, write clearly and in brief and work well in a group. All of these abilities and competencies required excellent communication skills.

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, to improve a student’s pronunciation, I often use YouTube videos as well as movies with English subtitles and obviously songs.

I believe in using music in English teaching. My approach is that we do not speak the language, but instead 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.

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Authentic Learning

 

I give English one to one tutoring classes as well as ONLINE English Courses.

I realize what YOU need to succeed in English. I know the essential skills you need to grow to suit an active communicator in English.

My classes are for students who want to use a most proficient approach to get fluent in English fast by practicing English Skills. Training is a subconscious process and is faster than conscious learning.

Being capable of putting across effectively is the most important of all life skills.

Communication is merely the act of transferring information from one place to another, whether this is vocal,  written, visually or non-verbally (using body language, gestures and the tone and pitch of the voice).

How well this information can be transmitted and received is a measure of how good our communication skills are.

Training your English communication skills can facilitate all aspects of your life, from your professional spirit to social gatherings and everything in between.

 

Conventional methods of learning English exemplify passive learning with a limited success rate. I firmly trust in Active Learning of English Skills which is much more efficient than passive learning.

These are the primary disadvantages of passive English learning

  1. The major weakness of passive education is that it splits the language into different components – reading, writing, listening, grammar, and pronunciation – which you try to learn separately.
  2. When learners are not actively involved in the class, they continue to think in their native language. Whatever the instructor explains to them, they try to interpret it in their mother tongue. It becomes nearly impossible to process the information intuitively or spontaneously.
  3. Because learners aren’t taught to think in English, they are unable to communicate in English.

Active learning helps students start speaking English confidently in less than a year.
Active learning is more than just listening: it involves the active participation of students. They must use the language all the time and be emotionally involved in the process.

We call for the conversion from Passive Learning to Active Training English Skills

As a language teacher, I use all kinds of tricks just because making students speak and building their self-confidence in keeping the conversation going is the most essential for me.
When I teach Polish, my foreigners and I have to speak only Polish, and also my English classes are run entirely in English. I train without a bridge language.
This signifies they are required to forget about native language and start speaking as well as intending in a foreign linguistic communication. Thinking in a foreign language, this is just what I want my learners to achieve.
My students learn the words in different contexts, mostly singing phrases, expressions, collocations, idiomatic expressions, phrasal verbs also telling tales. Moreover, I inspire them to talk to everybody, even to themselves in a foreign language. Consequently, they can communicate as well as discuss a variety of beautiful narrations.
Many teachers spend most of their time altering each other’s errors.

Nevertheless, I correct only fundamental errors, as I don’t want students to stop talking. I also encourage my learners to listen to songs, watch movies with subtitles in a language they learn, read a lot and so forth.

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  1. The most important is to deliver comprehensible input. We improve the language when we understand it.

I am very much against the support in the native language.

  1. Learners spend more time dynamically speaking English when we convince them, for working students.
    I also develop an environment for gaining all language skills – reading, listening, speaking, writing, and pronunciation at the same time. Learners experience everyday situations again entirely in English.
  2. The mobile is an obvious choice for delivering information. It affords pupils access to reading material both in the course of educational activity and after the class of a written report. It covers support for sharing sessions with friends or teachers, which is essential for digital learners.using-digital-tools-

The lessons added by a teacher allow building an active connection between everyone.

As a result, I as an English teacher achieve a perpetual change from passive learning to the active, improving English skills.

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Thank you for reading and watching.

Wishing you all the best,

Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan

References

http://edglossary.org/authentic-learning/

https://uteach.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/files/SixKeyStrategiesELL.pdf

https://www.ernweb.com/educational-research-articles/the-four-characteristics-of-authentic-learning/

https://youtu.be/XOupbmSx27A

https://clt.curtin.edu.au/teaching_learning_practice/student_centred/authentic.cfm

 

 

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  9. Shulruf, B. (2011). Do extra-curricular activities in school improve educational outcomes? A critical review and meta-analysis of the literature. International Review of Education, (56),591-612.

 

English Lessons with Halina

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Active English Learning

Active learning helps students start speaking English confidently in less than a year.
Active learning is more than just listening: it involves the active participation of pupils. They must use the language all the time and be emotionally involved in the process.

We need the conversion from Passive Learning to Active Training English Skills

As a language teacher, I use all kinds of tricks just because making students speak and building their self-confidence in keeping the conversation going is the most essential for me.

 

 

“A Change Is Gonna Come”: The Story Behind the Song

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Source: “A Change Is Gonna Come”: The Story Behind the Song

Non -Native and Native English Teachers

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Is English a Global Language?

 

The contentious issue of (non)nativeness remains unanswered.
Nowadays, being an NNEST or NNEST should not count but rather teachers’ professional capabilities.
The presentation provides a forum for reflection and discussion about NNESTs.
We should value professional and personal qualities over ‘nativeness.’
The skills and qualities that make an effective language teacher are the most significant.
Both ‘NESTs’ and ‘NNESTs’ are expected to be competent teachers, each with excellent professional skills.
What can non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) perform better?
What can native English-speaking teachers (NESTs) manage better?

 

Muhammet Kahraman – Today I Will Not Die

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Today I will not die is a song of hope written for Syrian refugee kids and all children of war in the world.

Lyrics: Turgay Evren
Melody: Muhammet Kahraman
Arrangement: Emre Moğulkoç

Songs are being used in the USA schools

Today I will not die is a song of hope written for Syrian refugee kids and all children of war in the world.

Today I will not die
Today my land is Turkey

Dreams were my home
The jets hijacked
Green was my land
Before the sunset, I will not give up
I will leave behind
Blood and death
My orphan heart is my best friend
My smile sets my path

We are the children of heaven
Our love will beat all the weapons
We are the roses of all seasons
Compassion will conquer all the vengeance
We are all brothers and sisters
We deserve the world much better

Today I will not complain
Today I will be content
Today I got no space for pain
Hope will spread to every tent

My toys are bombs
Raining from the skies
Human rights are a song
Composed of white lies
My soul will not starve
Hope will not drown
In the sea of blame
My heart will not go lame
My innocence will rise again

Dreams were my home
The jets hijacked

Green was my land
Before the sunset
I will not give up
I will leave behind
Blood and death
My orphan heart is my best friend
My smile sets my path

We are the children of the heaven
Our love will beat all the weapons
We are the roses of all seasons
Compassion will conquer all the vengeance
We are all brothers and sisters
We deserve the world much better

 

English for Communication

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Study and practice English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with a focus on listening and speaking for basic communication. regarding everyday-life situations, feeling and opinion expressions, role-play performance as well as basic grammatical structures and usage.

Learn how to talk about everyday-life situations, feeling and opinion expressions, role-play performance.Understand basic grammatical structures and the usage.

The course is for Elementary to Intermediate Levels.

English Course

Course Objectives

After completing through this course, students can be able to:

  1. introduce themselves and someone else to others;
  2. ask for and give directions accurately;
  3. describe the features of things, places, and people;
  4. ask for clarifications appropriately;
  5. make and respond to invitations and suggestions appropriately;
  6. express feelings as well as opinions towards the given situations;
  7. apply knowledge to advanced English courses or further study;
  8. use language expressions to deal with everyday situations;
  9. have positive attitudes towards learning English.

Teaching Methods are based on Teaching with Technology Approach

  1. PPT with introduction to the topic/ Lecture
  2. Group /pair/individual tasks
  3. Presentation and discussion
  4. Additional assignments and supplementary worksheets

Evaluation

1.1 Attendance and participation

1.2 Speaking test

1.3 Worksheets and assignments

1.4 Role-play

Final Interview / Spoken  Examination

Most of all, I want my students to experience some immediate success in conversation in English. Small, speedy success helps learners to communicate in their foreign language and also motivates the student to keep studying.

It is necessary because language learning is a long, difficult task that requires persistence.

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