International Association of Teachers of English
as a Foreign Language IATEFL Poland

Workshop in Rybnik 19th November 2016

by Anna Gałucka
Categories: Górny Śląsk Region.

International Association of Teachers of English
as a Foreign Language in Poland
Stowarzyszenie Nauczycieli Języka Angielskiego w Polsce

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to join us


on SATURDAY November 19th, 2016 at 10.00 a.m.

at Szkoła Jezyków Obcych „LOGMAR” Rybnik , ul. Raciborska 39


10.00 – 15.00  A workshop entitled “Changes in the English language, challenging stereotypes and Brexit‘’

run by Mark Andrews

Innovation: Come and observe a live lesson!
The workshop will begin with observation of a live lesson, followed by a 4-hour practical training session.

“Ever been mansplained by a Brexiteer or told that the English are reserved and drink tea at 5 ‘o’ clock and the Poles just drink vodka all the time and have a language that’s just made of sibilants that hiss, fizzle, whoosh and whistle?”

In this workshop we will look at the changes in the English language and what this means for what we teach and how we teach. Working with newspapers, we will also look at the changed cultural and political landscape in the UK after June 23rd this year and ways of developing critical media skills with Brexit material while teaching English at the same time.

The interface of language and culture in the classroom is always an interesting area to focus on. As a result of  working on British Cultural Studies projects in Central and Eastern Europe from 1991 to 2002, involving writing a  coursebook on looking at Britain through the eyes of people from other cultures, I am very interested in how we  bring up young people to be good intercultural speakers of English, how we move away from stereotypical images of  cultures and how we develop empathy and kindness in our students.

We will look at some practical examples of  activities aimed at developing more complex and more nuanced ways of seeing other cultures and will ask the question of if we “do” Britain or the United Kingdom in our classes how we might do it in more critical, comparative and contemporary ways.

Updating our knowledge of what is happening in what we often refer to as “the English speaking world” might be  considered part of our role as English teachers in the same way that keeping up with developments in the English language can be seen as part of our repertoire as an ELT teacher. We will address both of these topics in what I hope will be a practical, entertaining, thought-provoking and enjoyable workshop.

PS Brexit won’t happen! :)

Mark Andrews is Training Director at SOL (Sharing One Language) in Devon UK. He worked for the British Council for 12 years, six of them as British Cultural Studies methodology advisor and was the co-ordinator of the IATEFLHungary Culture and Literature Special Interest Group for five years. He co-authored a coursebook “Zoom In”  which was specifically aimed at developing skills of intercultural learning in a comparative way. He first visited Poland in 1984, has done two tours for OUP in Poland and has taught live lessons at each of the last IATEFL-Poland conferences.


The workshop is free for IATEFL members.

The registration fee for non-IATEFL members is 40 PLN and can be paid on the spot.
The fee can also be paid in advance directly into IATEFL Poland’s bank account.
Account holder: Stowarzyszenie Nauczycieli Języka Angielskiego w Polsce IATEFL Poland, ul. Michałowskiego 4, 31-126 Kraków.
Bank account no.: 16 1090 1883 0000 0001 0194 5244
Transfer name: “Szkolenie językowe IATEFL Poland - Region Górny Śląsk 9.11.2016”.
All the workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Proof of payment to be sent to or presented before the start of the workshop.

Please confirm your attendance by email to: by 16th November 2016 at the latest.

With best wishes

Danuta Rurańska, Górny Śląsk Region representative

Please confirm your attendance by email to: by 16 th
November 2016 at the latest.
 All workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
 Refreshments will be provided.
With best wishes
Danuta Rurańska, Górny Śląsk Region representative

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