Native Speaker in Our School


Sponsored by WIESCO, the Polish-American Freedom Association (PAFF) and the Nidzica Development Foundation (NIDA)

This program does not require the standard WIESCO application process. Please contact Robert Pine for details.

A unique experience aimed at giving students and teachers of English in rural Polish schools the opportunity to hear and practice speaking English with native speakers.

WIESCO is pleased to cooperate with the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) and the Nidzica Development Foundation (NIDA) in their program to bring native speakers of English to rural schools in Poland.

This program focuses on their goal to provide students at rural schools the opportunity to meet and engage in conversation with an American in American English, to experience the language first hand in an environment less formal than their typical English class, and to learn about the country and culture of their visitor from America.

"We liked the ability to choose the area in Poland we wished to visit, the length of time we wanted to spend on the school tour, and the grade levels of students (primary, gymnasium/junior high, or secondary) with whom we preferred to work."

"Our tour was filled with interesting and gratifying experiences."

"We were very impressed by the obviously extensive time and effort that all the teachers and students had devoted to making sure our visits were well planned, organized, and enjoyable."

Testimonials from Larry and Barbara Beyna, 2016 participants

Poland is very serious about the English language. They recognize its great importance and value in the world. Students are introduced to English in kindergarten. Serious instruction begins at the elementary level. English is an important part of their final high school and college entry exams. Within this framework you will benefit rural schools in Poland that do not have the resources and advantages of those in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wrocław and other large cities. Furthermore, you might be the first American they meet. Thus, they are extremely appreciative of these visits.

Program details

Just as with standard WIESCO programs, you are responsible for airfare plus incidentals. Your hosts in Poland provide all meals, lodging, transportation, and sightseeing.

Unlike most WIESCO programs that are at a fixed location with multiple instructors, this is a solo and mobile program. You will be the only instructor typically visiting a new location and students each day. From time to time there might be the possibility for a pair of speakers to participate. Contact Robert Pine for more details.

You are able to request three preferences in planning a program:

  1. The general region in Poland you wish to visit.
  2. The level of schooling to which you wish to present:
    • Elementary (grades 1-6)
    • Gymnasium (grades 7-9)
    • High School (grades 10-12)
    • Or, you can indicate no preference and take in all levels available in the area. Gymnasium and High School may overlap or be combined depending on the school. Factors at a particular school might result in a grade level outside of your preferred choice.
  3. Duration of your stay. One to one and a half weeks is acceptable, two is even better! Tours of three to four weeks are also welcome.

Whether a seasoned WIESCO instructor looking for a change, someone wanting to get a first taste of WIESCO programs, or anyone seeking an "up close and personal" experience with Polish schools, people, culture and sights, this program is for you! To do so please contact Robert Pine. Robert will be pleased to tell you about his two-week experience in southwestern Poland with this program and is available to answer your questions.

Robert Pine

rmpine@wiesco.org

(630) 279-5646