ABOUT HALINA’S TEACHING
I am a passionate non- native Online English teacher. Teaching is a big part of my life. For that understanding, I am a lifelong scholar.
I am in blended learning/ training and flipped classroom.
The traditional physical classroom settings for my lessons are not efficient enough.
In my view, technology gives us many new possibilities.
I prefer blended learning, which means, taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and opportunities confronted by new technologies.
My students learn English in different contexts, mostly singing phrases, expressions, collocation, idioms, and phrasal verbs also telling stories.
I believe in using music in English teaching. My approach is that we do not speak the language, but we sing it.
English bears a unique melody, rhythm as well as intonation.
• Senior Lecturer at University of Science and Technology - Wroclaw, Poland
- October 1976 to October 2013
• Professional Online English Teacher – 2011 to present
I have been teaching languages for over 40 years.
In 2010, I started using technology in my classes.
I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages for over 25 years. I have coached both face-to-face and in blended learning arrangements. In 2010 I became an Online English Teacher, since that time I have been specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
I specialize in Conversational English Online courses.
Moreover, I have been successfully preparing for English exams since a long time ago.
Senior Lecturer at Wroclaw University of Technology,
Foreign Languages Department and Department of Polish for Foreigners, since 1976 to 2014.
Education - the University of Wroclaw Poland, Philology, Linguistics Jul 1974
M.A. thesis Efficiency of Polish Phonological Systems, the work was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hab. Jerzy Woronczak.
The effectiveness of Polish phonological and phonemic structure.
In 1979, I started Ph.D. thesis on; Theoretical ground rules of the stages of effective communication. I had not finished an assignment for my family reasons.
July 1994 - Exam Proficiency British Consul;
June 1995 - Diploma of the Polish-American Postgraduate Study of Communication in the organization and management, organized by the University, Wroclaw Polytechnics, University of Wroclaw and the Central Connecticut State University.
License in Management and General Public License
I spent almost ten years in the USA and became an American Citizen in 2000
I have been participating in online teacher’s training courses since 2010.
I am a passionate teacher from Poland. I teach Polish as a foreign language and English.
I also conduct lectures in English on Polish History and Culture for students from all over the world.
Now I am learning how to teach using new technologies, and I am looking for some inspiration. I have been fascinated by WizIQ since I found the Platform.
In addition to this, I think to talk about Culture and Cultural Differences particularly attractive. I also believe that teaching language using songs is a compelling and enjoyable way of improving communication skills.
Now I want to improve my teaching/learning skills.
For me, to be an active learner means searching for updated information about different ways of understanding problems. I have been taking many online courses to improve my skills and teaching methods.
As for students, I talk them into active studying as well as being in charge of their own learning.
As a lifelong learner, I agree with Abraham Lincoln’s declaration "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
As a passionate English teacher, I take advantage of new technologies.Using blended learning, flipping the classroom, learning by teaching or encouraging change from passive to fully active learners are significant implements in my teaching/ learning.
My application is to involve learners in all kinds of activities. Connecting and exchanging information should be done consciously; students need to be aware of the problems they face.
I find Virtual Classes tremendously exciting and challenging; they make attendees feel like having real meetings and discussion. Visual and audio tools that you can share with attendees are particularly significant.
Moreover, an opportunity to communicate online with people from around the world is an overwhelming experience as well as an incredible vision to connect for teaching and learning.
Important Awards from 1976 to 2013:
• Awards of the Minister of National Education for Teaching and Scientific Achievements
• Wroclaw University of Technology Rector's Golden Award for M.A. Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan
• Directors of Foreign Languages Department Award for Teaching and Scientific Achievements
• Awards from Department of Polish for Foreigners Director for Promotional Achievements
• Medal for Service the Polish Nation from the President of Poland
• President’s of the Republic of Poland Gold Medal for Long-Term Service
• WUT Rector’s Individual Award for Didactic Achievements
• Medal of National Education Commission
• Golden Badge of Wroclaw University of Technology
• Medal for Distinguished Service to the Wroclaw University of Technology Development
Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan has been teaching English as a Foreign language for more than 30 years in Poland in Face to Face and Online in the last 10 years. She is a dedicated experienced language teacher bringing her multitude of skills to the online community providing fascinating learning and engagement by her course participants. Still based in Poland where she also taught full time at the Wroclaw University of Technology, Department of Foreign Languages, Emeritus Professor.
Halina is a highly qualified and, more importantly,passionate teacher who is driven by innovation and the rewards lifelong learning.
It's always been a pleasure to work with Halina on creative eLearning projects and MOOCS.
I have known Halina for over 10 years as an English language teacher. She takes her work very seriously, but believes in making learning fun. I highly recommend her.
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