Monday, February 26, 2018

National Theatre Live - the best of London theatre in your local cinema

I would like to encourage everyone to go and see a theatre production in a cinema. This is part of a worldwide project, National Theatre Live, which makes it possible to see the best English theatre without travelling to London and paying HUGE money for tickets there. These broadcasts are either live or encores, but you can really feel as if you were there, in the audience, except that you would never be able to afford tickets that would allow you to see the stage so up close. If you worry about understanding everything - don't! There are Polish subtitles for each production, though I would strongly advise you not to follow them and focus on the play itself. There is something to see once or twice a month, but don't count on things being repeated. Very few of them are - mostly Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet, because there seems to be endless demand for that ;) There are three venues in Poznań where you can see these shows, so you need to check what is shown where and when. These are: Kino Pałacowe, Multikino Stary Browar and Multikino 51. The best place to check for more information is - a website of  the company which distributes these productions across Central Europe. They also show plays from la Comédie-Française, the Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and the Exhibition on Screen series, which shows art exhibitions from top European museums and art galleries in HD quality. So, if you want to participate in European culture, now you have no excuse! The tickets are slightly more expensive than standard cinema tickets, but I'm sure it's money well spent. Here is a link to their Facebook page, where you can get updates on the nearest events. See you there!  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A short farewell message to my 3BA and 2MA students

You may have seen a lot of David Tennant in my classes, and here is another opportunity. David has a positive message to all of us, though it's not without some reservations. So, take care, and don't just trust your luck. It needs some help from YOU!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Study tips!

Hello to newcomers, hello to those of you who have survived the exam session and are back with us for more! ;)
I would like to begin this semester by wishing you a lot of success and satisfaction on your journey through the language studies you have undertaken. To get you safely on the way, I would like to remind you of a few important things you need to do to make the most of your studies.
(It's too big to fit into the blog post, so just click above to open the whole thing, and navigate from top to bottom.)

What do you think? Is this good advice? Would you like to add some more? Would you mind sharing your thoughts in the comments? Thanks! :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The New York Times's 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest

I've come across this very creative educational project run by the NYT today. The idea is for students to make 15-second videos which present/explain/define meanings of words listed in the NYT's Word of the Day archive. Students submit their videos and once a year winners are announced. Unfortunately IFRom students cannot take part in the official contest because of the age limit (16-19), but why not make your own videos just for fun? Instead of the NYT word bank you could use some words which have come up in our course and have caught your attention for some reason. Give it a try! :)
And here are this year's winners. Some of them are really impressive!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Writing to be read

A very useful piece of advice on how to make your writing more attractive for your readers. It applies to any language, so don't forget it when writing your theses, essays and other academic assignments.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I hate goodbyes!

Dear 2MA and 3BA students,
Thank you for your blogs, your hard work, and your good vibes. Best of luck! :) 

I've decided to send you off with a song. It is performed by Joseph, a very young band of three sisters from Portland, Oregon. I love the way their voices sound together in harmony, their high energy and authenticity. I have chosen this song for you because of its message: "Burn the White Flag" - meaning: gather your strength and don't give up, don't let anybody tell you what to do. I think it's a pretty good message to take with you. I hope you like the song, too :) (Here is the Spotify link for their latest album)

And here is another one, just a beautiful, sweet song: