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Travel & Teach - Poland


Global English students are working all over the world with their accredited TESOL certificates. Find out how TESOL training from Global English has made a difference to their lives:

Chris James

I completed the Global English Level 2 TESOL course and have been visiting Poland since 1990 and have travelled extensively throughout the country with my ever-increasing circle of friends. In fact, it is impossible not to make friends as the Poles are very hospitable, and willingly introduce you to their friends and families, especially if you spend some time with them and take an interest in their country and culture. Although life in the rural areas is still quite basic, with not many people speaking English, the major cities are rapidly modernising with most professional people having a good grasp of English.

Polish people are keen to practice their English, often wanting to know if their pronunciation and grammar is correct (which makes it difficult for me to improve my Polish). It was giving this informal guidance, along with editing the English for a friend who has to write academic papers and assisting other friends’ children with their English studies, that prompted me to do the Global English courses.

As it is considered to be essential, English is now taught in schools; even so, parents who can afford it will often pay for additional private tutorials.

Away from Warsaw, the large cities of Lodz, Wroclaw, Katowise, Kracow, Poznan and Gdansk have many English language academies where native speakers are always welcome. Travelling throughout Poland is quite easy with a very reliable train service, or by using the Polski Express coaches, supplemented by an excellent network of local buses and trams.

Zofia Wantuch

Just wanted to let you know that all my certificates have arrived here in Poland - thank you very much.

The funny thing is, that about 20 minutes after taking my business certificate out of the envelope I got a phone call with a job offer! It's a 4-day business interpreting in a local branch of an international company.
Talk about coincidences!

If I had know your certificates are such powerful job magnets I'd have done mine ages ago :)

Thank you.

Stephanie Munro

I have recently returned from a week in the Polish countryside, taking part in an Angloville English language immersion programme with Polish participants and other native English speaker volunteers. You do not need to have done TESOL training to apply as the programme does not involve formal teaching, though I had done a Global English level 1 TESOL before I applied. However, for any native English speakers interested in TESOL training it could be an excellent way to gain some practical experience relevant to the field. Certification is provided on completion, with references if required.

The idea is to enable the Polish participants, who work for various organisations and companies in Poland, to practice conversational English with native speakers outside of the classroom, exposing them to the various accents and varieties of English that they might encounter across the English speaking world.

After a guided tour of Wroclaw for the native English speaker volunteers, our party of Polish participants and native English speakers was taken by coach to the hotel in the Karkonoski National Park that was to be our venue for the week. Full board and a room shared with another native English speaker is provided for each volunteer. Once the rest of the Polish participants had arrived we numbered about 30 with roughly even split between Polish and native English speakers.

Most of the day is speant in one-on-one conversation in English between Polish and native English speakers, conversations taking place whilst either walking in the forested area around the hotel or sitting outside or inside as weather and inclination determines. There is also time for some two-on-two and group activities built in. After dinner in the evening there is social time and entertainment hour, which is a lot of fun and time to unwind and relax with new friends.

Application is from the website at www.angloville.com, with programmes running most of the year. I would definitely go again, particularly as I now know more about Poland, and where I want to see next.

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