POLISH FOR FOREIGNERS

TRAINING COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

LANGUAGE COACHING

 

 

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WIOLETTA GURDAK,

philologist, teacher of Polish as a foreign language with many years of experience, teacher of the Language Service of the College of Europe in Natolin, language methodologist, author of programmes and materials for teaching Polish.

Co-author of „Polskie czytanki” (Polish Readers). She runs training courses for teachers of Polish as a foreign language, provides language counselling for businesses. Among her long-standing clients are international organisations (OSCE, UEFA), embassies as well as numerous companies operating in the private sector (e.g. Nationale Nederlanden, C.H. Robinson, Adgar, Shamir, Starwood Hotels, JLL, Clifford Chance, Skanska etc.).

In her work she combines knowledge and practice with broad intercultural experience.

PASSION

Over 15 years of effective teaching of Polish as a foreign language; several dozen training courses run for teachers of Polish; hundreds of materials for teaching Polish; one coursebook and a few more in progress.

PROFESSIONALISM

Meticulous preparation; high effectiveness of teaching; responsiveness; creativity; broad general knowledge; innovation; knowledge of several foreign languages; great organization of work; punctuality; high interpersonal skills; effective team management.

FLEXIBILITY

The time of the participants of the lessons and training courses is priceless. Language courses and workshops are tailored to the needs of the recipients so that they can achieve the intended effect while maintaining the quality. The priority is to gain practical knowledge that will allow you to communicate efficiently in the language or successfully teach it.

OFFER:

POLISH COURSES

– levels from A0 to C2

– individual “tailored” lessons

– Polish for Business

– classes for translators and journalists

– Polish for employees of the diplomatic corps

– preparation for certification exams

– conversation classes for levels B1-C2

– classes for Slavic and non-Slavic students

TRAINING COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Schedule of training courses for 2018 coming soon.

LANGUAGE COUNSELLING FOR BUSINESSES

– language support in preparation of presentations, speeches, wishes, condolences, statements, invitations, advertising texts, etc., supplemented with knowledge in the field of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

– broad range of topics: politics, public administration, economics, art, history, culture, social sciences.

REFERENCES:

PUBLICATIONS:

POLISH READERS

are forty texts to read and listen to for learners of Polish as a foreign language (levels from A1+ to B1) written for this particular publication.

This book is the fruit of nearly 20 years of the teaching and the methodological work of Wioletta Gurdak and Wojciech Sosnowski, PhD, and was created in response to numerous questions from students and teachers about materials that would allow them to systematize, revise and activate the lexical and grammatical material of the above mentioned levels.

„Polskie czytanki” (Polish Readers) contains texts representing various genres: short story, informative text, dialogue, poem, riddle, text message, blog post.

The materials were tested for several months while working with Slavic and non-Slavic students, both in groups and during individual classes.

REVIEWS:

The subject matter of the texts discussed differs from the textbook routine (…) showing instead fictional (…) characters, but with distinct personality traits (…) in diverse communication and cultural situations, in which representatives of other cultures also participate, often discovering with astonishment, but especially with passion and interest, the secrets of Polishness.

Jolanta Sujecka-Zając, DSc

professor, Warsaw University

This collection of Polish texts is a great tool for Polish teachers to pilot their students through the meanders of the Polish language.

Christine Le Goff

“Polskie czytanki” helps you not only to quickly improve your communication capacities and feel more comfortable with Polish, but also to learn about the Polish culture and the country’s tradition.

Nina Martin, Fabienne Müller

I have greatly enjoyed working with these innovative materials. They present an effective approach to learning the intricacies of the Polish language

Anne Giebel

 TESTIMONIALS:

Ms. Gurdak’s teaching style is engaging and the structure of the course introduced new vocabulary and grammar at the steady pace that was never overwhelming (…) Moreover, Ms.Gurdak ensured that the course was adaptable and therefore very well-tailored to my needs”

Shiv Sharma

OSCE

“Wioletta Gurdak is a very energetic, highly intelligent and extremely professional teacher (…) She is particularly good at motivating her students and has always met my expectations”

Anne Giebel

OSCE

“Wioletta Gurdak, grâce à sa connaissance approfondie de la Pologne et la langue polonaise, sait répondre à toutes les questions sur l’histoire, la culture, la langue, la politique, les us et coutumes tout en étant trés au courant et trés ouverte sur le monde“

Christine Le Goff

Clifford Chance

“Je n’ai pas rencontré beaucoup de personnes comme Wioletta dans ma carrière. Wioletta n’arrête pas de m’impressionner- elle enseigne, elle publie, elle écrit! (…) Wioletta est un vrai atout dans une équipe et s’adapte parfaitement à différents projets!”

Marta Wojakowska

Head of Natolin Language Service, College of Europe

Une enseignante pédagogue et polyglotte d’une rare qualité, capable d’adapter son enseignement aux étudiants locuteurs de langues latines, slaves ou anglo-saxonnes.

Rémi Augustyniak-Berzin

Diplomatic attaché

“Wioletta is one of the main reasons why I have continued to learn Polish since my time spent in Warsaw. Her dedication to innovative and active teaching methods has instilled in me a passion for the language and the country”

Quincy R. Cloet

Phd researcher, Aberystwyth University

„I wish every teacher could have such a passionate, patient and supportive mentor. Continuous methodological support, openness to new ideas and excellent organization of courses have made all my classes with students full of joy and professional satisfaction.”

Mateusz Adamczyk

“The workshops organized by Wioletta Gurdak systematized my knowledge and, above all, taught me new and effective methods of work. Wioletta Gurdak is a professional. As a young teacher, I was lucky to be in her team.”

Joanna Kwiatkowska

CONTACT:

ul. Żurawia 26 lok. 10

00-515 Warszawa

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