- Field of Social Sciences; discipline: Pedagogy
A unique approach of this program is found in combining the preparation for the profession of both language and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) teacher. Students have the opportunity to learn about language education as well as the basics of teaching natural sciences, mathematics, art, music and physical education in integrated education through the use of English. In addition, students will gain knowledge about bilingual education in Europe and around the world, together with comparing educational programs in different international contexts.
An important element of this course is the combination of practice and theory, which is possible, among other elements, also thanks to organizing many study visits to international and bilingual schools in Poland. Students also participate in continuous pedagogical internship in specially selected schools and preschools, both public and private, in which they become acquainted with various approaches to early language teaching and CLIL approach. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in international projects of both didactic and research nature led by the Faculty of Pedagogy.
All courses are conducted in English. During the course of study students have the opportunity to improve English especially in the area of academic and classroom language. Academic classes take place in small groups of international students, and are conducted with the use of modern technologies, for example to prepare a teacher's portfolio. Classes are taught by Polish and foreign lecturers and practitioners.
Psychological and pedagogical preparation is required from graduates who are to achieve qualifications for teaching English to students of preschool and primary education.
Classes take place mainly in the Faculty building (16/20 Mokotowska St.) from Mondays to Fridays according to the academic calendar.
Internships take place in primary schools, both public and non-public, located in Warsaw and the surrounding area, in grades 1-3. Supervision over the course of the internship is carried out by an employee of the Department who is also responsible for the recruitment of and cooperation with mentor-teachers of students in the schools in which the internships take place. They last from the beginning of July to the end of May, both in the first and second year.
Profile of the graduate
The graduate has obtained theoretical and practical preparation in general education, second language acquisition and English language teaching. She/he received university level education offered in English aimed at preparing novice teachers for pedagogical challenges through reflection and research in the field of language, bilingual and primary education, as well as the culture of English speaking countries. The graduate of this course is prepared to work as an English language teacher in preschool as well as early primary school level (grades 1-3) in diverse cultural and language teaching contexts, including bilingual preschools and primary schools. She/he obtained a wide theoretical and practical preparation to teaching using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). In this course, a key element in the preparation for the teaching profession is developing the ability to reflect and inquire.
The graduate has obtained all necessary qualifications to pursue Doctorale Schools.
The first semester of the academic year 2021/2022 will be held online.
Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas
The programme is open to holders of the bachelor, master, engineer or equivalent degree in any discipline.
Candidates are qualified for the studies based on the results of their interview.
Knowledge of English at least at C1 level is required.
A positive result of the admission procedure is equivalent to confirmation of the candidate’s competence to study in English (in the case of candidates who do not have proof of at least C1 level of English).
An interview in English concerning the knowledge of four texts, the titles of which will be announced at a later date.
The oral exam interview is designed to assess the candidates’ motivation, commitment and readiness to pursue the studies at the Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners. The interview will be conducted in English via an online platform. The questions will address reasons for wanting to teach, the candidates’ previous experiences related to teaching and learning, as well as the candidates’ awareness of the important current issues in education. The aim of the interview is to assess communication skills appropriate for professional situations, ability to explain the ideas, and ability to justify them. Therefore, candidates will be asked to read thoroughly the four sources indicated, which will be the starting point for the interview.
- Have you worked with children in any context? What experiences have been important in your decision to apply?
- What character features or abilities make you suitable to be a teacher?
- Consider what you think the qualities of effective teachers are. Why do you believe this?
- What are some current issues related to educational topics covered by the media?
- What difficulties are you likely to encounter as a teacher and how would you deal with them?
- Do you have any special skills that would contribute to your role as a teacher?
- What issues discussed in the selected texts do you find important and interesting? Justify your answers.
Maximum number of points: 100
Minimum number of points needed to be qualified: 50
Literature to the qualification review:
- Palmer, Parker. The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, by Parker J. Palmer, Jossey-Bass, 2017, pp. 9–34.
- Palmer, Tsisana. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher. Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, 20 June 2015, https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/15-characteristics-21st-century-teacher
- Robinson, Ken. Do Schools Kill Creativity?. TED, 2006, www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?language=en<http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
- Terada, Youki and Merrill, Stephen. The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020. Edutopia, 4 Dec. 2020, www.edutopia.org/article/10-most-significant-education-studies-2020
Admission rules for candidates with foreign diplomas
An interview in English concerning the knowledge of four texts, whose titles will be announced at a later date.
The admission criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.
Date of the qualifiaction interview: 12th of July, 2021
Announcement of results: 20th of July, 2021
Reception of documents:
- I round: 22nd-23rd, 26th of July, 2021
- II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 27th-28th of July, 2021
- III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 29th-30th of July, 2021
- additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limits
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