Trainers

Monika Cichmińska

has been teaching English for 20 years. After graduating from the University of Łódź, where she specialised in linguistics, she co-founded Progres, a private language school in Łódź, where she taught at all levels and was the Director of Studies. In 1999 she finished her doctorate in linguistics and moved to Olsztyn, where she works at the University of Warmia and Mazury. She also works for English Perfect, a private language school in Olsztyn, where she is the  Director of Studies. Apart from that, she likes to work as a teacher trainer for various institutions. She is also an oral examiner for UCLES (FCE, CAE and CPE).
She enjoys working with people, and likes to combine theory (linguistics, psychology and neuroscience) with practice (teaching English on all levels). She is particularly interested in teaching, or rather uncovering grammar, motivation (of both students and teachers), affective factors in learning, and most of all, what happens in the brain when we learn something new.
In her free time she likes to learn new things, go to the cinema, listen to music, and go for long walks with her son. Her personal idols are Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, Ken Wilber and Gregory House.

Czesław Kiński

A graduate of the Teacher Training College in Olsztyn and the University of Gdańsk, Czesław is now an academic teacher and a PhD candidate at the  University of Warmia and Mazury. His other professional affiliation is the English Perfect school of languages, where he’s worked as a teacher and an Assistant Director of Studies. Czesław is also an UCLES examiner, a speaker at IATEFL and PASE conferences and an author of ELT books and materials for Gateway, Interface and Voices series by Macmillan. With 20 years of experience in teaching all age groups and all levels, he’s never completely satisfied with his work and always looks for something new.
Czesław’s professional interests include public speaking, group dynamics and the influence of culture on language acquisition. Enigmatically as it sounds, he is quite often referred to as ‘the xero-brother’.

Jacek Łagun

graduated from the Teacher Training College in Olsztyn in 1996 and acquired an MA from the University of Gdańsk in 2000. He has been teaching for over 20 years, starting from a group of 10-year-olds, moving on a year later to teach Grammar School students for three years. He has been teaching in English Perfect since 1997 where he was an Assistant Director of Studies from 2007 to 2012. His professional experience also includes being an UCLES examiner since 2003 and being a lecturer at the University of Warmia and Mazury since 2007. In 2016 he completed his PhD on the perception of taboo topics and lexical items amongst people aged 17-25 . He is also an author of ELT books and materials for Gateway, Interface and Voices series.
Group dynamics and positive motivation as well as the use of controversial and taboo topics in teaching English comprise the main areas of his professional interests. Enigmatically as it sounds, he is quite often referred to as ‘the other of the two’ or ‘a Xero Brother’.

Nik Peachey

 


is an award winning digital course designer & author. He has a rich background in digital and e-learning course and materials development., which he combines with sound project management methodology and an excellent understanding of a wide range of technologies to develop projects which make best use of available technologies in a pedagogically sound way. Nik is a regular virtual and face to face conference speaker and specialises in delivering learning technology training to help English language teachers exploit web based applications and resources.
He describes himself as “an enthusiastic, confident and multi skilled professional with almost 25 years of experience within the international field of education and training”. Nik’s previous clients and employers have included Google Creative Labs, British Council, BBC, International House, Open University, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Macmillan, Bell Educational Services, Westminster University and a number of smaller startup companies.

Marta Rosińska

holds an MA in Linguistics (University of Łódź) and Advanced Diploma in English Teaching Management (University of Cambridge). Marta is a senior lecturer, head teacher trainer and Director of Studies at the English Language Centre, University of Łódź. She is a freelance teacher trainer and Academic Projects Director for DOS ELTea, including the innovative Teacher Trainer Academy course, shortlisted for the prestigious British Council ELTON award 2016, and ELT Author Academy. She is also a content designer for High Impact Teachers (a closed FB group for enthusiastic and engaged teachers).
Marta is a very prolific and highly esteemed ELT author. Her main publications are:  Matura Masters, Password, Repetytorium Maturalne, Repetytorium Gimnazjalne, Repetytorium Szóstoklasisty, all for Macmillan Education.

Jo Sayers

is a director of ELTjam and has worked in education since 2006, moving from teacher to syllabus designer and more recently as product manager for English at busuu and eLearning Academic Lead for EC English. Jo is a regular conference speaker and former Technology Coordinator for IATEFL’s MaWSIG. He is interested in how technology can improve the lives of learners and works to improve the learning experiences of the products developed by ELTjam.

Leo Selivan

has been involved in ELT for more than 13 years in all sorts of roles: teacher, examiner, teacher trainer, senior teacher and materials developer – mainly with the British Council in Tel Aviv but also Cyprus and Turkey.  In recent years, teacher training missions have taken him to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Italy and other countries in the region where he had a chance to meet, work with and learn from some wonderful and dedicated teachers and teacher trainers.
Currently he is a lecturer giving courses to pre-service and in-service teachers in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), teaching methodology, vocabulary teaching and using technology in the classroom (the latter by demand rather than by choice).
His other interests include corpus linguistics, lexical approaches to language teaching and using video in the classroom – the topics he has written articles and materials on for the British Council and BBC’s Teaching English website. He is also the author of a highly successful blog, Leoxicon (http://leoxicon.blogspot.com).  
You can often see Leo present at conferences in Israel (ETAI), Europe (IATEFLTESOL France, IATEFL Poland, TESOL Italy) and online (VRT, TOBELTA)

Grzegorz Śpiewak

is a teacher, academic lecturer, teacher trainer, EFL project manager, adviser and author. He holds an MA in Linguistics from University of Essex, PhD in Language & Linguistics from University of Warsaw.
Grzegorz is a former senior lecturer and deputy director for Practical English & CLIL at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, currently affiliated with The New School, New York, where he teaches on an on-line MA TESOL Programme. He is Head ELT Consultant for Macmillan Central & Eastern Europe – key trainer and academic coordinator of the entire team of teacher trainers. He served as vice-president and president of IATEFL Poland and is currently a member of the Honorary Committee of this association.

Grzegorz is also a co-founder of deDOMO Education, an award-winning approach to informal and non-formal foreign language education, and lead author of Angielski dla rodziców deDOMO, an innovative series of support publications, for use by parents, individual tutors and educational institutions.

Magdalena Kania

has been an active teacher for over 20 years – with an unyielding passion, she says. She started out in a Rybnik upper-secondary school back in 1994. Two years later she founded her own private language school. In March 2016 she took a major step forward, completing DOS-ELTea Teacher Trainer Academy 2.0., and swiftly moving into the teacher training profession. She swept her audience of their feet at IATEFL PL Szczecin and Bielsko-Biała with fantastic sessions. One of the core trainers on the workshops hosted by DOS-ELTea (ON-line, ONA off-line; Teacher Level Master). Her flare, enthusiasm and organizational skills have quickly been noticed, the result of which is her new role in DOS-ELTea as Projects Manager.