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Study English in WARSAW - good academies, places, teachers or the best option

Sari 1 | 2
27 Nov 2016 #1
Hi, all! My name is Sara and I am a new Spanish student living in Warsaw.

I am searching good academies in the Centre of the city to learn British English. I would like to improve a lot these years, that´s why I want to find a very good teacher or academy. I want to find a good quality course but reasonable economically.

I did a placement test at British Council and they told me I can join them at Upper B2 on February, one level before C1.

Please if you know good academies, places, teachers or the best option, just write it down.
Thank you a lot!

P.D. Being foreigner is a new country is not that easy :)
teeku27 - | 3
5 Dec 2016 #2
Hey i will be coming to Warsaw in start of January. I got a job here and will be on work permit. Just gave ielts and got 7. Maybe i can help.
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
5 Dec 2016 #3
Welcome greetings to all!

My curiosity remains peaked as to why foreign ESL students are interested in studying in a NON-English-speaking country, when in fact the BC typically sponsors programs in any number of English-speaking ones, notably the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand?

English is of course spoken as the official "second" language throughout most of the known world, however, not as a native mother tongue outside Britain, the States and the other countries already mentioned.

If I wanted to study another pluracentric language, such as Spanish or French, I probably wouldn't prefer to go to say, Germany, to study either of those languages, but instead, Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or resp. France, Montreal, French-speaking Africa or even Martinique:-)

Anyway, don't mind an old skeptic. Best of luck!!
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
5 Dec 2016 #4
Being foreigner is a new country is not that easy :)

Being foreigner in an old country is not that easy too ;)

I miss the taste of bread and driving my cars badly :/
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
5 Dec 2016 #5
...and washing machines in every apartment building.... I can imagine how one must feel:-)
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
5 Dec 2016 #6
Just as an aside, I can't resist adding how embarrassingly comic it would be if Sari and teeku27, among many others, ended up learning British English with a Polish accentLOL

teeku27 - | 3
6 Dec 2016 #7
hahah i am Pakistani and we already have British accent :P Something they gave us after ruling 150 years :P
terri 1 | 1,664
6 Dec 2016 #8
Read some literature on accent assimilation and after being in Poland for 5 years let us know if you have not picked up any Polish twang.
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
7 Dec 2016 #9
All of which begs the question as to why a student of English as a Second Language would choose to learn or practice English in an essentially NON-English-speaking country??!

Once again, would someone studying German do so in Istanbul, studying French go to London etc..?

Perhaps its a blithely globalistic method of doing things nowadays, but I'm still bafflled:-)

Sorry, gang! Don't wish to rain on anyone's parade here....only to slow the procession a bit, 'till we actually know where we're marchingOL
terri 1 | 1,664
8 Dec 2016 #10
I think it's called 'foot in the door.' Many non-EU people think that once they have worked in an EU country they will be able to progress onto better jobs, better standard of living. This maybe true for some people, but generally anyone from an non-EU county has to assess how easily it will be for him/her to assimilate into Polish society, Polish way of life and how the Poles will perceive him. There is sill a lot of prejudices against non-Polish people in Poland.
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
8 Dec 2016 #11
True enough, terri. I suppose as an American, the entire premise seems all rather humorous to me, a scene right out of The Marx Brothers, in which the English professor can't really speak English etc...

You're saying that the BC is trying to make the Poles feel important, am I right? Personally, I think it's frankly more important to empower them with competence as well:-)
terri 1 | 1,664
9 Dec 2016 #12
I've just thought of another reason. As a non-EU the student has to pay the international rate for studies. However, because Universities are short of cash, they may (and in fact they do) lower the entry requirements for students just to get them through the door and the cash from them. It is extremely unlikely that when studying in English the students will have a well-known and respected in his field English native Professor. All the students want is the piece of paper at the end, student status to get a job and then bring their family to settle so that they can claim all the benefits they can. I do not believe (and someone can prove me wrong) that a non-EU student is likely to be educated to the same level as a Polish student when applying to study at a Polish University.
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
9 Dec 2016 #13
You've proven my point, terri! Globalization at any cost ( long as it costs nothing or next to nothing)!
12 Dec 2016 #14
Do you speak Polish at all? She's a native Pole, but has lived and studied in the US and UK. She teaches english and the UK tests in Warsaw and has really good reviews.
terri 1 | 1,664
12 Dec 2016 #15
Yeah, yeah, yeah....
Lyzko 33 | 8,166
12 Dec 2016 #16

I've lived in Germany, speak fluent German basically without an American accent, but I'm NOT a German native speaker, but an American!
At least yours truly doesn't pass themselves off as something which they aren't and never can be:-)

Some poor Paki who winds up in Warsaw studying English with a Pole is going to find it awfully laughable learning to speak English with a Polish accent, since as you know, Polish English teachers are government employees, most hacks at best, who aren't bilingual in English, but learned it competently at university.

Boy, can't believe you don't grasp the tragic-comic irony here, you must be thick (or having us on). Ever since I can remember, EVERY responsible language school billed its courses as "LEARN THE LANGUAGE FROM A NATIVE - THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN!!"

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