Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners (S2-PRK-GPTE)
(in Polish: Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners, stacjonarne, drugiego stopnia)
second cycle programme
full-time, 2-year studies
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.
Access to further studies:
The graduate has achieved the learning outcomes defined for the programme of study. The graduate:
Knows and thoroughly understands the sociological, psychological, pedagogical and linguistic concepts of child and adolescent development and education as well as their institutional implications and cultural contexts;
knows and understands methods of designing and evaluating educational and pedagogical situations in working with children as regards foreign language learning and integrated content and language approach at the pre-school and early primary school level;
has knowledge of phonetics, phonology and descriptive grammar of English and is able to apply this knowledge in practical language use;
can use theoretical knowledge to design learning situations at different stages of education including the practical effects covering phenomena from different areas of social life;
is able to analyse and justify the effectiveness of the applied educational and pedagogical methods;
is able to present speeches in English and produce written assignments at C1 level;
is ready to enhance his/her professional competence in an interdisciplinary dimension;
is ready to reflect on and deeply analyse his/her own practical experience of working with pupils;
is ready for new initiatives and pedagogical innovations aimed at the development of pupils as well as the integration of parents and the local environment with the educational institution; cares for the preservation of cultural heritage.