Trainers

Teacher Trainer Academy 2018/2019

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 also a freelance teacher trainer and EFL project manager for DOS ELTea, including the innovative Teacher Trainer Academy course, shortlisted for the prestigious British Council ELTON award 2016. Marta is a very prolific and highly esteemed ELT author. Her main publications are: Format,  Matura MastersPasswordRepetytorium Maturalne, Repetytorium GimnazjalneRepetytorium Szóstoklasisty, all for Macmillan Education.

Grzegorz Śpiewak

is a university lecturer, teacher trainer, EFL project manager, adviser, reviewer, editor, and author. He is Head ELT Consultant for Macmillan Central & Eastern Europe, as well as President of  DOS-ELTea, an independent teacher development centre, recently nominated for the prestigious British Council ELTON award for its flagship project, Teacher Trainer Academy.
Grzegorz holds an MA in Linguistics from University of Essex, PhD in Language & Linguistics from University of Warsaw. He is a former senior lecturer and deputy director for Practical English & CLIL at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, and also a tutor on an on-line MA TESOL Programme hosted by The New School for Social Research, New York. He’s served as vice-president and president of IATEFL Poland.
Grzegorz has been a very active EFL writer and editor. He’s co-authored (with Marta Rosińska) Macmillan’s best-selling Egzamin Gimnazjalny. Repetytorium z Testami. He’s also the head author of Angielski dla rodziców deDOMO an innovative series of support publications, awarded with European Language label 2012. He is a regular contributor to The TeacherJęzyki Obce w Szkole, and also reviewer for the ELTJournal. He is also a keen blogger, most recently for the Teddy Eddie project.

Gavin Dudeney

Gavin is Director of Technology for The Consultants-E, working primarily in online training in EdTech, and in consultancy work in the same field.  Former Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Electronics Committee (ElCom) at IATEFL, he now serves on the board of the International House Trust. A regular contributor to journals, Gavin is co-author - with Nicky Hockly - of the award-winning publications How To Teach English with Technology (Longman 2007) and Digital Literacies (2013).  His new book, Going Mobile, is published by DELTA Publishing in 2014.

Claire Diana Selby

Claire has specialised in English for Young Learners for the past 20 years. Her methodology, the Spiral Language System, promotes bilingual learning, demonstrated in the unique preschool solution, the Universal Preschool Course. International Award-Winner and three times ELTons nominated author, Claire has written and composed for a number of ELT publishers: Universal Preschool Course for Yellow House English; Hippo and Friends for Cambridge University Press; Oxford Playtime for Oxford University Press; Phonics Wonderland and Phonics Superland courses for FLTRP; Little Red Dragon SongStories with Collins and over 100 primary readers. More info: http://www.claireselby.org

Mark Hancock

Mark got his first teaching job in 1984, working at a large boys secondary school in El Obeid, Sudan. This experience made it very clear to him that there's a lot more to teaching English than just being able to speak the language! He returned to Britain and did a very inspiring teacher training course at Pilgrims, Canterbury. He then went on to teach in Turkey, and then Brazil, and then Spain, with a further teacher training course at International House, London, and finally a masters course in Teaching English with Aston University. His book writing career began during his time in Brazil, with the publication of Pronunciation Games. He followed up with another photocopiable resource book Singing Grammar. After that, he started writing course books and other study materials, including English Pronunciation in UsePen Pictures and the four-level adult course English Result. These last two titles were written in collaboration with Annie McDonald. His most recent books are Authentic Listening Resource Pack (again with Annie) and PronPack 1-4.

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 GatewayInterface 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’.

Karolina Kotorowicz-Jasińska

is a graduate of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and holds a PhD degree in applied linguistics. Her teaching practice began for good when she was still a student and discovered that teaching English is great fun. Since then she has had an opportunity to work with different age groups at all proficiency levels, ranging from students of the English Departments in Lublin and Warsaw, to primary school kids at Canadian School of Warsaw.
Over the years Karolina has gained considerable writing experience with a major international ELT publisher, including her contribution to the Workbooks of Password course series for upper-secondary learners, and her role as the head writer of the best-selling Repetytorium Gimnazjalisty (Macmillan). She has also been involved in developing tests for school e-diagnosis, coursebook adjustments to the core curriculum requirements, coursebook exam sections, photocopiable materials, as well as teaching plans and methodology guides. Karolina is also a regular contributor to The Teacher journal.

Anna Parr-Modrzejewska

is a graduate of Łódź University where she completed her PhD on teaching English to early primary students. She is currently employed at the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. She has been a dedicated teacher of all levels and age groups since 2001. Apart from young and very young learners, her favourite pupils are final-year secondary school students preparing for their final exam. She held a position of a Director of Studies in a major language school in Łódź for 10 years. At the academic level Anna specialises in introducing students to language teaching and helping them understand that teachers can change the world. Anna also holds two BA diplomas, in Polish and in Early Years’ Education, which helps her understand the learning process, especially in children. Her professional interests include teacher training, exam courses (she is a matura examiner), bilingual education and cognitive development.
In her private life she is a mother of three adorable children with whom she spends far less time than she would like to but she tries to keep a healthy balance between learning, teaching and parenting.

 

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.