How long have you been teaching for and how long for Cactus?
I have been teaching for around 10 years now. I teach Polish as foreign language, English as foreign language and as well as I prepare students for Polish –English GCSE for the last 8 years. In high school I teach EAL students and as well as I teach History. I have been teaching for Cactus for over 2 years.
How many countries have you been to?
I love travelling. I have been to more than 30 countries but still would like to travel more. I have soft spot for: Poland, Croatia, Italy and Portugal. I have been living in the UK for over 10 years.
What is your degree and teaching experience?
I have a Master’s Degree in Slavic Studies – Master of Arts in Croatian Philology (M.A) as well as I finished Post-Graduate Studies in Teaching History. I completed Methodological training for teachers of Polish as foreign language in Krakow organized by Glossa School of Languages. In December 2020 I started Post-Graduate Studies in Teaching Polish language and Polish culture abroad.
Have you worked in another field ?
I was working as a translator and interpreter for CAB, I translated the booklet: Welcome to North Somerset for Polish Community.
How many languages do you speak?
I can speak Polish, English, Croatian, Serbian and a little bit of German, Russian and Spanish.
What is the typical food of your native country and is there a special occasion where most families eat it?
I love Polish food and personally I think is just the best. Our culture is about food. We treat our guests as kings. We will always give you a lot of food. I am so happy that Polish dishes are more and more popular abroad. When you think about Poland, You think about: pierogi with different fillings, czerwony barszcz – beetroot soup, bigos – mix of sauerkraut and meat, polish sausages – polskie kiełbasy, and cakes: sernik, makowiec and szarlotka. One of my favourite dishes is Czernina – it is a Polish soup made of duck blood and clear poultry broth. Sometimes known as “duck soup”, you need to try all of it. – Smacznego
Looking forward to see you in my course and I cannot wait to teach You and talk to you about our amazing traditions, culture and history
Do widzenia, Do zobaczenia
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