Lecturers and abstracts 2017

Lecturers and abstracts

Sustainable marketing.

(Abstract to come)

Marek Seretny – pracownik Wydziału Zarządzania Politechniki Warszawskiej.

Doktor nauk ekonomicznych w zakresie nauk o zarządzaniu, ma wieloletnie doświadczenie w zarządzaniu marketingowym na arenie międzynarodowej. Na polu akademickim w ramach nauk o zarzadzaniu zajmuje się nauką o marketingu jako ich subdyscypliną. W oparciu o doświadczenia zawodowe, zdobytą wiedzę oraz prowadzone badania realizuje swoje zainteresowania naukowe w przestrzeni odpowiedzialnego marketingu, wdrażając autorski Model Sustainable Marketing oraz rozwijając teorię Sustainable Marketing Management.


Fantastic plastic?

Plastic is a substance the Earth cannot digest so almost all plastic we have ever produced remains in the environment. Did you know the amount of plastic 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 I would like to discuss the need for changing consumer habits.

To the often quoted trio of ‘Reuse – Reduce – Recycle’ we need to add the fourth one – ‘Refuse’. Ready to take the pledge? So welcome to my workshop!

Aleksandra Zaparucha is based in Toruń, Poland. She has almost 30 years of experience in Geography and EFL teaching, teacher training, examining, translating and materials writing, including well over 10 years of CLIL. Her international experience includes teaching at the Brussels Summer School for Bell, and teacher training in the UK  and Albania, as well as in a number of Asian countries She has been involved in a number of educational projects, including the Institute for Educational Research in Warsaw, Macmillan Polska and Tigtag CLIL. She contributes to magazines for teachers of English (Humanising Language Teaching, The Teacher) and Geography (Geografia w Szkole). Since 2005 she has been involved in organising and conducting an annual three-day CLIL training for Geography and History teachers in Toruń. In 2014 her geography workbook for lower secondary Earth and People 1 was nominated for the British Council ELTons Award in the category of Local Innovation.


How serious stereotype is?

The freedom movement, originating in the American South, worked its’ way to tackle issues of racial discrimination and abuse. In the meantime Europe tackled with the Iron Curtain and rather political than social issues. It is a well known fact that the invention of dynamite had both positive and disastrous effects on our history. Similarly, 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. Should we talk about those difficult subjects with our youth? If yes, how to do that? If not, why? Feel free to join us.

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”


Open your coursebook wider!

Beyond the global issues you find in your EFL coursebook.

Every modern  coursebook, even for primary school,  includes some global issues topics, like environmental protection or social changes. The problem is that the content may be not up-to-date, presented in a superficial way or simply boring. What’s more students tend to treat such topics as part of necessary curriculum and thus don’t treat them seriously.  I will present the ways of extending the coursebook content or adapting the resources. Not only will you be more effective in conveying the important  message, but also will make your lessons more meaningful.

Marcin Stanowski is a psychologist, trainer and a teacher at Czacki High school in Warsaw and methodology advisor at WCIES. As an avid Moodler and and IT enthusiast obtained European Language Label Award. Several times was a grant holder of Comenius and RELO programmes. Marcin is also Global Issues Special Interest Group Coordinator and  runs a blog at http://superteachers.pl


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!

Katarzyna Łaziuk is a teacher at Gimnazjum i Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Polskiej Macierzy Szkolnej  in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland. She 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.


Teaching values through communicative activities

In this practical session I would like to show that it is possible to combine teaching students positive attitudes towards other cultures, critical thinking skills and empathy with enjoyable and motivating activities. My main focus will be on the use of simple communicative tasks which in a subtle and unobtrusive way develop students intercultural competence.

Katarzyna Wiącek is a teacher at Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych in Mińsk Mazowiecki. She wants to show that English lessons are not only for talking about trivial topics that’s why she includes subjects like tolerance, diversity and critical thinking into her teaching. Her another interest is the use of engaging methods to motivate students. Apart from teaching she tutors teachers on CEO online courses and runs her own website http://en-joyenglish.weebly.com/ where she shares ideas for lessons. When she’s done correcting students’ work she loves reading books and learning Spanish.

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