English teaching

There is still time to apply for the 2010 SUSI Program! 

The “Study of the United States Institutes” are two summer programs for professors and scholars from around the world.  The one for University Faculty includes intensive post-graduate level academic programs and integrated study tours.  A separate one for Secondary School Educators offers a six-week post-graduate seminar in the United States.  The programs usually begin in mid-June and give foreign educators a chance to learn more about the American society, culture and institutions.  The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.   All of the institute programs will be held this summer at different U.S. universities and colleges.  NOTE: Space in the institutes is very limited.   To be competitive, candidates must have excellent proficiency in English and outstanding qualifications. Application Deadline: January 25, 2010.  More information available here.

   Know America

To już siódma edycja konkursu „Know America”!

Zapraszamy  młodzież licealną z całej Polski do sprawdzenia i pogłębienia swojej wiedzy na temat Stanów Zjednoczonych. Do wygrania trzydniowy program w Warszawie i wiele innych nagród.

Jeden ze zwycięzców weźmie udział w Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute, intensywym trzy-, czterotygodniowym programie edukacyjnym w Stanach Zjednoczonych.  W 2008 roku ponad 1000 uczniów szkół średnich wzięło udział w konkursie. Konkurs „Know America” sprawdza wiedzę uczestników z wielu dziedzin amerykańskiej kultury w tym: historii, geografii, sztuki i pop kultury, jak również problemów społecznych, etnicznych i religijnych. Konkurs „Know America” odbywa się w dwóch etapach: pierwszy to egzamin z 80 pytaniami wielokrotnego wyboru, etap drugi to esej.

UWAGA:  Zgłoszenia przyjmowane są tylko do 14 listopada!

In this month’s Foreign Policy, an interesting article on the role of English in the world.  No comments yet from Poland…

Margaret's workshop with teachers at American Corner Gdansk

Margaret's workshop with teachers at American Corner Gdansk

Those of you living in/near GDANSK, LODZ, or WROCLAW — do you know about our American Corners?  These spaces feature libraries of materials dedicated to America and are staffed by people who can help you find information you’re looking for about the United States.  But they also feature events — ranging from the latest Poland tour of our English Language Fellow Margaret Cholodecki, who is helping teachers learn how to teach English to young learners, to U.S. trivia nights (the latest event from Wroclaw), to events with visiting “American Experts in Poland.”  Check them out at American Corner Gdansk (photo gallery here), American Corner Lodz, and American Corner Wroclaw.


Center Methodologist Edyta Borowicz-Chyta showing YLRC materials in action

We are excited to announce that our newest Young Learners Resource Center is open for business in Lubartow, Poland and invite all interested teachers and students of pedagogy to visit, to use the materials, and to attend various workshops that will be conducted there.  You can read more about the ceremony here.  For more information about the Center and the latest news and offerings, please visit their home page.