Language teaching by IP International Projects is more than just about students learning a language. They will acquire techniques for life. They learn problem-solving strategies and also to be creative.
Alicja Szyszkowiak, in charge of IP junior course teaching program in Bournemouth, tells us in an interview with Tom what it means to move in an international context.
Advice: To better understand the interview (also because of the gusts of wind), simply activate the subtitles below the video.
On July 20, 2015, Tom talked with Alicja Szyszkowiak, Director of Studies at our
language school Europa School of Englisch in Bournemouth (England).
ALICJA, WHAT’S YOUR ROLE?
Alicja: “My role is Director of Studies for this company. So, I’m responsible for the academic side.”
WHAT ABOUT THE LESSONS? DO THE STUDENTS LEARN MORE THAN THE CULTURE AND THE LANGUAGE?
Alicja: “Yes, the second equally important subject is that we teach the students how to learn independently. That’s why we use a lot of internet resources. Nowadays you can learn English by using the internet.
However you need to know how to select the appropriate materials and this is what the teachers do. They guide the students in this process, so that when the students go home, they can keep on learning.”
YOU RECENTLY DEVELOPED A WORKBOOK FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS? HOW DO THE STUDENTS USE THIS WORKBOOK?
Alicja: “This is a special workbook for the IP students. The workbook accompanies the internet material.
So students use it to make notes. But there are encouraged to make notes in creative ways. The workbooks guide them to make notes through mind maps, diagraphs, timelines, graphs. So that students learn how to learn. They learn the general learning strategies.”
WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN SELECTING A SPECIFIC TEACHER?
Alicja: “The most important feature that I look for is enthusiasm. Because this is what summer school students appreciate most when the teachers are enthusiastic and dedicated. And I also look for teachers with a lot of experience. Most of our teachers have got vast experience in the UK and abroad. Because they do travel all over the world teaching English as a second language”.
THE MOTTO OF IP IS “LEARN MORE THAN A LANGUAGE”. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE LESSON?
Alicja: “It means that the students do not only learn the language. But they learn general life skills, they learn problem solving skills, they learn how to be creative. And most of all, they learn how to function in an international context, which is very important nowadays.”
Alicja is the Director of Studies at IP International Projects. She has been working for IP since 2011. She lives in Bournemouth, UK. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Studies. She had worked as a Teacher Trainer for over 15 years before she joined IP. Her passion is innovation in education