First Global Inspirations – report.

Spring came to Warsaw quite early this year. Even if the weather outside was freezing, almost 100 participants of Global Inispirations delved into very hot issues – global issues.

This revolutionary event took place on the 21st June in Warsaw University of Technology and was coorganised by Warszawskie Centrum Innowacji Edukacyjno-Społecznych i Szkoleń.

Organisers, Dorota Choromińska – Warsaw region representative and Marcin Stanowski – Global Issues SIG coordinator, succeeded in inviting a very diverse body of experts on global issues. Not only did we have pleasure to hear experienced teachers, telling about their ideas on teaching about values, tolerance and stereotypes (Kasia Wiącek, Kasia Łaziuk and Daniel Starski), but also a teacher  trainer – Aleksandra Zaparucha who convinced us that plastic is not fantastic.

Taking into account the theme of this year Global Inspirations – “Through English to understanding of the world”, our  conference wouldn’t be complete without the representative of economics sciences.  Mr. Marek Seretny, PHD introduced us to the set of paradigms which may make business ethical and marketing sustainable.

To balance the view on the world and add up some first hand experiences with the handling the difficulties the world faces we  learned about problems of  Global South. That was provided to the audience by Paula Langnerowicz from Polish Humanitan Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna) Paula encouraged to raise these topics with students through participation in various projects carried out by PAH and using the educational resources compiled at their website.

Another organisation which we invited to our conference was Institue for Global Responsibility (Instytut Globalnej Odpowiedzialności). This highly influential nongov was represented by Magda Bodzan who stirred our minds with her thought-provoking presentation on why and how we should teach about global responsibility.

What’s more, we were so happy to host Julie Pratten Kacmaz, a trainer, publisher and a founder of Heart ELT, a charity  organisation supporting teacher and students in working on citizenship skills.  Our special guest was also Jen MacArthur –   a Regional English Language Officer who gave a brilliant talk on teaching geography and CLIL.

The event started with with a warm welcome message from Dorota Choromińska and without much ado Katarzyna Wiącek  presented her ideas on teaching  values through communicative activities. Her talk, packed with practical tasks proved it is  possible to combine teaching students positive attitudes towards other cultures, critical thinking skills and empathy through  short but enjoyable and motivating activities. It was the most compelling to see that the simplest tasks may make the most profound change in students’ minds.

As soon as Kasia left the stage, there emerged another Kate. Katarzyna Łaziuk’s talk led us from testimonies of the Visual History Archive to empathy. Her  presentation showed that video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of Shoah genocide may be incorporated  into teaching English while meeting educational standards. Kasia provided us with practical ideas on how to work with such resources which are invaluable for humanity. Nearly  every testimony encompasses a complete personal history of life before, during and after the subject’s firsthand experience with genocide. Survivors stories can serve as a great opportunity to make students more sensitive and empathetic.

Next, Alexandra Zaparucha scared us a lot saying that trash floating in the oceans is well over 5 trillion pieces. In fact, plastic is all around us but the most burning issue is plastic packaging and single-use items we throw away in staggering quantities. In this workshop Ola discussed the need for changing consumer habits.

Later on, we were happy to meet  Jen MacArthur who is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) based at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia and covering the East and Central European countries. Jen started with CLIL and CBT and went on about  Geography being an ideal area for integrating language learning, content, and cultural competencies of  students.

Julie Pratten inspired us with tye ways we can approach kindness and compassion in the classroom. She gave some examples acts of kindness campaigns for different age groups and examined some of the resources available for teaching global citizenship skills. She also talked how she set up Heart ELT, a charitable publishing initiative that produces crowdsourced books and explained how teachers can get involved in the ELT for Social Change movement.

Julie Pratten is the founder of Heart ELT, a non-profit organisation incorporated in the UK that provides resources and support to children who cannot access education. Julie has taught for over three decades specialising in BE and soft skills and is the leading author of banking and financial English publications include ‘Absolute Banking English’ and ‘Absolute Financial English’ by Delta Publishing. She also developed the app Brighton Study Kit, a social initiative for the University of Brighton and Academic Flipwords, a free app which focuses on vocabulary from the Academic Word List.

In autumn 2015 Julie set up a safe learning space for Syrian refugees in Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq.  Julie is also a keen advocate of collaborative writing projects and has just started ‘Create and Collaborate’ Writing Retreats in Antalya, Turkey.

In the end, Daniel Starski tackled the issues of racial discrimination and abuse and the power of stereotypes. As Daniel said globalization triggered processes that created and/or solidified stereotypes from areas other than merely race, which used to be the only area that most of us associated it with. Since there is more and more prejudice and discrimination, why don’t we discuss these difficult subjects with our youth?

Frankly speaking, we were shocked at the volume of  interest Global Inspirations attracted. Furthermore, the post-conference feedback we received inspired us to mae it an annual event and we hope that every year in January we will be able to inspire crowds o ELT professionals who are not  afraid of tackling difficult issues in their classes.

We strongly believe that Global Inspirations’ participants are not only teachers.

They are changemakers!

 

 

Geography and CLIL: through English to understanding of the world – or through understanding of the world, English?

Most teachers of English are now familiar with the terms CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Instruction) or CBT (Content-Based Teaching). This session will argue for Geography as an ideal area for integrating language learning, content, and cultural competencies with teachers of students from the upper primary grades to the beginning of university in mind.

Why Geography? Because it sparks students’ curiosity in the world around them, as well as the world far away. Because Geography is inherently interdisciplinary, making it a great source of materials for demonstrating CBT/CLIL techniques. And because Geography makes for a colorful presentation!
Jen MacArthur is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) based at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia and covering the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic (Czechia), Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedoni (FYROM), Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.img_3451
Jen previously served as the RELO in Islamabad and Mexico City. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Jen taught English as a Second Language and Social Studies in the United States at the primary and secondary levels; pre-service and in-service foreign language teacher education courses at the University of Bucharest, Romania and through the Romanian Ministry of Education; English for Specific Purposes and Communication courses at the University of Vaasa, Finland; and served as the Language Program Coordinator for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (Maine).

She has also taught evening adult education ESL/EFL courses and has facilitated numerous pre-service and in-service teacher education workshops on five continents. Jen studied European History and German at Bates College in Maine, and holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and an M.Sc. in Public Policy and Planning in Developing Countries. Jen tries to keep up her foreign language skills in German, Swedish, and Spanish. Born in Scotland, Jen calls Maine home.

Teaching matters of the heart

 

We are honoured to have Julie Pratten as a speaker at the Global Inspirations.

In her session Julie will look at how we can approach matters of the heart such as kindness and compassion in the classroom. She will give some examples acts of kindness campaigns for different age groups and examine some of the resources available for teaching global citizenship skills.

She will also talk about how she set up Heart ELT, a charitable img_3433publishing initiative that produces crowdsourced books and explain how teachers can get involved in the ELT for Social Change movement.

Julie Pratten is the founder of Heart ELT, a non-profit organisation incorporated in the UK that provides resources and support to children who cannot access education. Julie has taught for over three decades specialising in BE and soft skills img_3432and is the leading author of banking and financial English publications include ‘Absolute Banking English’ and ‘Absolute Financial English’ by Delta Publishing. She also developed the app Brighton Study Kit, a social initiative for the University of Brighton and Academic Flipwords, a free app which focuses on vocabulary from the Academic Word List.
In autumn 2015 Julie set up a safe learning space for Syrian refugees in Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraq. Six months later she launched Heart ELT Publishing, a non-profit organisation that publishes educational materials to raise funds for children who have little or no access to education and to provide support to teachers working in difficult circumstances.
In 2015 Julie’s publishing platform, Academic Study Kit was the joint winner of the BESIG David Riley Award for Innovation with ‘A-Z Business English.’ Julie is a keen advocate of collaborative writing projects and has just started ‘Create and Collaborate’ Writing Retreats in Antalya, Turkey. Doing things differently in collaboration with others is what inspires her.
Julie is a regular speaker at international conferences and a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton.

Marketing and values? Marek Seretny, Phd at Global Inspirations

Is putting marekting and values side by side appropriate? Values seemed to be valuable for marketing only as market value.

Can marketing be sustainbale? Can business be moral?

Marek Seretny will guide us into those tricky topics. Today’s economy is experiencing serious economic and social problems affecting all citizens of the world, both rich and poor. The earth seems to become insufficient to meet the standards ofliving that the developed societies expect. Marketing is seen as the cause of many such problems. It contributed to the emergence ofthe behaviours that should be changed.

With its indisputable impact on market development, marketing has a strong influence on degradation, but it can also build positive behaviours of consumers, enterprises, organizations, and entire societies. Understood as a philosophy of action, a way of thinking and doing business, sustainable marketing promotes credibility and responsibility, leading to better consumption, better relationships, and more responsible business, thus influencing the creation of a better world.

Marek Seretny, Phd has years of experience in marketing management in the international arena. In the academic field within the science of managing he deals with the science of marketing. On the basis of professional experience, acquired knowledge and ongoing research Marek Seretny realizes his research interests in the area of responsible marketing, implementing the model of  Sustainable Marketing and developing the theory of Sustainable Marketing Management. You may read some of his articles at Academia:

http://www.academia.edu/10459300/Sustainable_Marketing_-_a_new_Era_in_the_Responsible_Marketing_Development

 

Let’s meet Katarzyna Łaziuk -one of the speakers at Global Inspirations

Learn more about the speakers of Global Inspirations.

One of the presenters at our event this year is Katarzyna Łaziuk.

As an English as a Foreign Language teacher at Polska Macierz Szkolna High School in Minsk Mazowiecki near Warsaw, Łaziuk said she doesn’t usually have time to cover the Holocaust in class. But she is so passionate about the topic that she finds ways to involve students and her community in voluntary, extracurricular projects dealing with Holocaust remembrance and Jewish culture.

Katarzyna is a brilliant speaker and devoted teacher but also has experience in organizing business workshops for students and running exchange programs. Her current interests include teaching tolerance, critical thinking. She hopes to instill open-mindedness in her students. Currently working on her PhD program on teaching on the Holocaust and human behavior. Loves literature, travelling and dancing.

At the Global Inspirations Katarzyna will present the talk:From testimony to empathy

The presentation is going to show how testimonies can be incorporated into teaching English while meeting educational standards. The online sources such Visual History Archives and its online application Iwitness will be offered. The presenter will provide tips and practical ideas on how to work with testimonies.

The Visual History Archive is USC Shoah Foundation’s online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. They are invaluable resources for humanity, with nearly every testament encompassing a complete personal history of life before, during and after the subject’s firsthand experience with genocide. Survivors stories can serve as a great opportunity to make students more sensitive and empathetic. Hopefully, students exposed to memoirs will learn a lesson how to be an upstander and take actions against injustices. Dedicated to making English more compelling and engaging? Join the session!

More formation about Katarzyna’s achievements:

You may find some publications of Katarzyna here: http://www.hltmag.co.uk/dec15/less01.htm

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Grateful Project by Hania and Monika

The way you teach and what you teach changes your life and the life of your students.

We tried to encourage teachers not to be afraid to touch emotions and start educating the heart!

We were talking about our personal projects on being grateful, how we took them into our classrooms and what surprising and inspiring result they produced.

We hope we proved that being positive about life can permeate to ELT and the other way round.

Post-Conference post on Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking seems quite popular recently. More and more books including some serious global responsibility topics are being published. Is it because of the international affairs getting more and more complicated? Or maybe it is just a coincidence and CT is another fad in #ELT?  At the 25th #IATEFLPolandconference in #Szczecin Piotr Steinbrich wondered if CT is teachable at all? 

CT was tackled also by Jamie Keddie who showed how videos may be used to stimulate Crtitical Thinking and how we are sometimes fooled by some of youtubers.

Piotr Bucki, in turn, made us aware how our brain falls prey to myths and automatic behaviours and how it affects decision making process.

In my talk I focused on debunking myths, lies and tracing fake news. Making students adopt “question everything” approach and search for primary sources of information. In case you want to see some of the fake news my students found over the internet, check the slides below:

Global Issues SIG  Pre-Conference Event 16th September in Szczecin

GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP Pre-Conference Event

 16th September 2016

Crossing borders in a world of differences.

GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP Pre-Conference Event will deal with concepts of similarity and differences. 

How do these ideas translate into understanding of the world around us?

6 trainers and 4 sessions will lead the participants through gratefulness, understanding of cultural differences, drama and current controversial topics.

The aim of these Friday morning sessions is to inspire teachers to raise global issues within EFL classes, deepen the understanding of controversial topics and explore the “humanistic” factor of compassion to the less fortunate ones and gratitude for what we have.

The event will be also a chance to get first hand experience of some practical tasks  to be used in the classroom first day after the conference.

The event is divided into two sessions and each of them split further in two parts. This will hopefully give participants the feel of dynamism and leave them inspired for the rest of the busy conference day.
GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

Pre-Conference Event Programme

16th September 2016

Crossing borders in a world of differences.

1st session: 9:00 – 10.30

10-day grateful project and how to see people in people.

Part A: 10-day grateful project – the power of images, a communication bomb, endearing lessons (around 45 mins.)

Abstract:

There are lots of projects on offer and numerous topics to discuss in your course books, but the one we are going to talk about will change your and your students life. The only thing you need is a mobile phone, instagram and a will to get involved. We hope to show you how being positive about life can permeate to ELT and the other way round.

Trainers/ lecturers:

Monika Izbaner defended her doctoral thesis in 2014. Her research interests include methodology and technological innovations in teaching, public speaking and debationg and also British literature, politics and visual arts. She is passionate about designing her own ELT materials. She has published several major articles devoted to creativity in ELT, Scottish culture and current trends in popular culture.

 Hanna Zięba is a lecturer at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz in the Department of Foreign Languages. Apart from teaching full-time students she also finds satisfaction in working with Erasmus students and teaching at the University of the Third Age. Her other professional affiliation is with Centrum Edukacyjne Lemon House where she teaches different age groups at all levels. She is especially interested in materials design, modern technologies, and psychology.

 Part B: So different, yet so alike – how understanding differences makes us humans(around 45 mins.)

Abstract:

A practical session on how mastering the language of similarities and differences may bring a deeper understanding of humanity. Examples of how culture and media may teach us to be more human, simultaneously helping develop crucial skills in changing multicultural societies.

Trainer/ lecturer:

Marcin Stanowski is a psychologist, trainer and a teacher at Czacki High school in Warsaw. Avid Moodler and and IT enthusiast, Marcin is also Global Issues Special Interest Group Coordinator and runs a blog at http://superteachers.pl.

 2nd session: 11:00 – 12.30

Global Issues and Drama for better understanding

Part A: Global issues in an EFL classroom (around 45 mins.)

Abstract:

The world is in a crisis, or even is multiple crises: climate change, income inequalities, water wars, refugees, overpopulation, poverty and hunger, child labour, just to name a few. Yet, what makes into the news does not make so easily to the classroom. What is studied by specialists does not easily get into our minds.

In this workshop I would like to tackle the most urgent of the global issues and show how to incorporate them in the lessons of English.

Trainers/ lecturers:

Aleksandra Zaparucha has an MA in Geography (1989) and English (2001) gained at the Nicolas Copernicus University (UMK) in Toruń, Poland. A teacher of both for 18 years, including CLIL programs. She has co-operated with Field Studies Council, Geographical Association and British Council at various events, courses and publications. She is the author of a series of three lower secondary workbooks for bilingual Geography, published by SOP Oświatowiec and nominated for the ELTon Award in the category of Local Innovation in 2014. For the last 9 year she has been a freelancer, delivering training to English and subject teachers in Poland, as well as numerous countries in Europe and Asia. She is a regular contributor to Geografia w Szkole and The Teacher.

Part B: Drama as a means for raising difficult or controversial topics. (around 45 mins.)

Abstract:

Have you ever thought of introducing contemporary issues in your lesson plan? Are you at least a bit into acting? If yes then come and take part in our workshop, where we would like to share with you our idea on drama lessons in this respect.

Trainers/ lecturers:

Daniel Starski – graduate of Warsaw University, political science dept, bilateral exchange programme with NorthEastern Illinois University in Chicago and SWPS. 6 years teaching in public schools, 12 years overall. Also interpreter at conferences and for two years affiliated with Busines English Magazine as an author. Currently English teacher at XXVIII Kochanowski high school in Warsaw

Jolanta Żeromska – graduate of English Philology at the University of Łódź and Geography at Akademia Pomorska in Słupsk. 21 years of experience in high school education, experience in translations and 11 years cooperating with the local OKE. Currently teaching English at V Zbigniew Herbert high school in Słupsk. Interested in innovation in education.