IATEFL Poland and Grzegorz Śpiewak, educator, trainer and writer,
have the pleasure to invite you to a very unusual webinar
On a certain theatre, a crown prince, and an English teacher of the century.
An extraordinary tale of modern educational leadership – for ourselves and our learners
Is there any point in writing from Poland to a British heir to the throne, without even knowing his correct address? And in trying to get the Prince to help build a Shakespearean theater in a Polish city? Who would come up with such a ludicrous idea?! Certainly not a serious, respected scholar, right…? Wrong! Arguably, there has never been a session like this at IATEFL PL – and that’s because the main protagonist of this story was an English teacher like no other in living memory. His biography reads like a ready-made script for a Hollywood blockbuster and you’ll get to know some of the more outrageous episodes during this webinar. But actually, this tale is literally larger than his life. How he lived and what he has achieved thanks to his unyielding passion, in spite of all adversities and nay-sayers, is living proof that – in our unique profession as educators – it is worth trying to find a project or an idea, however small, which will give our daily activities a deeper meaning and a sese of purpose, and which will perhaps leave a trace that will last longer than ourselves. In this sense, his story is an incredible lesson in what it is to be a true thought leader in education, and how a true leader like him can ignite the flame of creative madness in his or her learners.
Teacher, teacher trainer, project manager, adviser, materials reviewer, and author. Former academic lecturer (English Dept, University of Warsaw, and subsequently The New School for Social Research, New York). Former IATEFL Poland president, currently on its Board of Advisers. Head ELT Consultant for Macmillan Education Poland, Central & Eastern Europe. President of DOS-ELTea, an independent teacher development centre. Nominated for British Council ELTON award 2016 (DOS-ELTea Teacher Trainer Academy). Winner of two European Language Label awards: 2016 (Youngster programme – Macmillan) and 2012 (deDOMO – English for Parents).
On behalf of IATEFL Poland