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A blog for English learners and their teachers everywhere, initiated in 2010 with the contribution of students from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. More about me on the On-line Profile below. Welcome!

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My name is Alina Beckles. AlinaI have been teaching English, Linguistics and Semiotics to students of all levels, for over 15 years now. I have degrees in English Language and Literature, Romanian and Cultural Studies from UBB, Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj , Romania) and Queens University (Belfast, Ireland).

My professional interests include teaching English to adult students, as well as training teachers of English. Training and facilitating in the corporate world has also turned from a strong interest into a career path since 2013. The tailored ELT materials and recommended resources made available on this blog address all of these audiences.

I have delivered a wide array of English classes including General English, Business English, English for conversation and for special purposes in Cluj (Romania), Exeter (England), and Krakow (Poland). Between 2006 and 2010 I focused on promoting intercultural understanding through the study of English while teaching students from different departments at the Jagiellonian University Language Centre, JCJ, in Krakow.

In 2011, after four inspiring years of teaching at the Jagiellonian University, followed by one semester at India’s Academy of Contemporary Music, SAM, I returned to Krakow and began teaching Business English for the Corporate department of the Empik Business School. I also joined the teaching staff of Kliny English Courses, (KEC) in Krakow, where I delivered General English and conversation English classes. In 2013 I represented KEC alongside the school director at the  teacher training course “Advanced Language Practice and Methodology” at the Kent School of English in Broadstairs (England). 

I am currently involved in coordinating corporate learning programs, off- and online communities for learners and facilitators in the corporate world. 
JCJ Law & Administration Students (2010)
JCJ Law & Administration Students (2010)

I started this blog in 2010 with the contribution of  Jagiellonian University students of  Biology, Law and Administration, Psychology, Physics and Mathematics from Poland and Central Europe. 

Jagiellonian University Student Imaginary Orchestra Tuning Up [1] (2006)

The ELBlog gathers valuable insights from my experience as a lecturer of English, that I believe could benefit anyone who embarks on the journey of learning or teaching English.

Administration students at the Jagiellonian University (2006 - 2008)
Jagiellonian University Student Imaginary Orchestra Tuning Up [2] (2006)

The topics explored on this blog are organised into 14 main categories that can be accessed easily using the drop-down menu under the BROWSE button.

Jagiellonian University Physics & Maths Students (2010)

All my students  are welcome to contribute to my on-line profile and add a comment below. 

Law students (2010)

Thank you for visiting the English Learners’ Blog!  

Alina Alens

Do feel free to pack in as many catch phrases as you can, and share what you have learned! 


in all you do!



45 Responses

  1. Kasia says:

    When I started classes with Alina, I didn’t expect it could be such fun! She found the best way to make our studying both effective and interesting! I am a passionate reader, and was delighted to see that Alina often used her reading experience during her classes, she also knew how to provoke a good conversation. Right now, we are still in touch, as she makes a cool company for barbecues, meetings, parties. You also got to hear her concert one day! 😀

  2. zlodziejswiatla says:

    It is extraordinary for a teacher to also run so many fun events besides her work. If it wasn’t for her I would never have met a real Indian guy (from India, not Western-movies) 😉

  3. Patrycha says:

    Alina is a true magician. Not only does she have great energy but also she is a gifted, extraordinary teacher. Once you taste the lessons with her you will want more!

    She is a person who will make you discover something new in your head and a new piece of your soul, the one which speaks English.

    Dare to explore her world and let your English skills improve! 🙂

  4. Claireo says:

    Alina is a really great teacher, who really wants you to say what you think, your opinion. If you don’t achieve, she always finds a way to make the ideas and words come to your mind ! She is very patient.

    Moreover, she is really open-minded and always aware of new ways of learning, which can encourage you to learn more (this blog, for example 😉

    She is full of energy, she never stops… Always surrounded by tons of new ideas and projects 🙂

    If you have the opportunity to study with her, ENJOY !! 🙂

  5. Jakub says:

    Participating in Alina’s group was a very interesting developmental experience! Her extraordinary way of teaching (using learning methods such as analyzing poems or writing blogs) makes students really eager to attend her English classes. There is always an “expect the unexpected” feeling before her class. 🙂

    During Alina’s course my English skills improved in every aspect. I am pretty sure that the knowledge gained during her classes will come in handy during my Erasmus semester in the Netherlands.

    Apart from teaching, Alina is a great person, always kind, helpful and pleasant.

    Keep on truckin’ !!!

  6. Chrisco says:


    This is Chris from a C1 Law group. Alina has been teaching me for over a year and a half. I can tell you that this lady has knowledge and the proper attitude to her profession… And, undoubtedly, she is very patient and forgiving… (which is extremely important to me because sometimes I become ‘wild and woolly’ during the lesson…)

    All the members of my group seem to be unique personalities and so is Alina. As for this matter, the most astonishing thing is that she is able to work with us and make some compromises… This quality is for sure truly remarkable…

    Take care!

  7. Krzysztof says:

    I have to admit that Alina is one of my best English teachers. She seems she enjoys her job as a teacher. She’s always very kind and patient.

  8. Aga P. says:

    Hello 🙂

    Alina is a unique, exceptional teacher. I have never met a teacher who was so dedicated to her work. She has got a lot of enthusiasm and energy, sometimes even much more than her students 😉 If you want to highly improve your English, you have this opportunity at her classes.
    I really appreciate that she is always cheerful, and the atmosphere during classes is very good.
    Moreover, she has got some interesting ideas, like this blog. I think she is a very good teacher. 🙂

  9. Iza B. says:

    What I find the best in Alina’s work is her passion and willingness to teach. Very rarely do I meet people who are ‘teachers by vocation’. Not only does she love to teach but she also wants to learn! It’s really awesome that she tries to deepen her knowledge in the areas of science in which her students are involved. And of course her patience… 🙂 priceless 🙂

  10. Agnieszka Kow. says:

    Alina has been teaching me English for almost 2 years and I must admit that she is one of the nicest teachers I’ve ever had (and there were maaaaaaaaaaaaaany of them). She has a head full of new ideas to make her classes a joyful and useful experience, rather than an unpleasant obligation.
    As Chris has already said, she is also very patient and understanding – each ‘stray sheep’ can count for a second chance.
    I hope that in the future in my work I will also have the enthusiasm she has. 🙂

  11. Łukasz G. says:

    Two academic years have passed from our first lesson and they were very good years for me as an English learner and also as a composer of melodies to some of Alina’s poetry. Her approach to teaching is so uncommon that I’m afraid I’ll never meet anyone with so much faith in students and willingness to make their lessons full of humor and knowledge. She definitely turn our classes into the time of week that we were waiting for and did not treat as a commitment. No teacher was so supportive and patient to students 🙂

  12. Justyna French Accent says:

    I had been learning English for ten years before I met Alina Cirlanescu in my class at the Jagiellonian Language Centre.
    She changed the meaning of ‘classes’ that I had in my mind. Her different approach to learning English let us discuss, analyse personalities and problems. She was also the first English teacher that talked in English all the time; learning English in every situation was very helpful.

    Thank you for these two years and good luck!

    • Imladris says:

      Yes, Justyna , that was what I enjoyed that much: the analyses and discussion; also Alina is very patient; in my case it is important, because I`m well-known for testing the patience of my teachers – somehow I can`t comprehend the idea of strict deadlines.

  13. Rafał G. says:

    Alina should be the president of Poland 🙂 She is very active, switched-on and kind person. I really admire her passion in her job and the way she wants to share it. Moreover she is a talented poetess and singer. Many greetings!

  14. Mr A says:

    Ever heard of the “CAN-DO” attitude?? NO?? then YOU should see Alina. She’s a great teacher, very open-minded and that allows YOU (as in YOU = the English learner) to develop your skills and, what’s more important, have some impact on the way your lessons would look like. In my book that’s a five-star standard 🙂

  15. Szymon says:

    If every (not only English) teacher were like Alina, the world would be different.
    Every one who has met her knows that teaching is not only a job for her, but a passion. And even a Physics group like ours, which usually follows the Principle of Least Action, was unable to discourage her!

  16. Tomek B. says:

    I have read the replies already posted here and I think there is nothing to add. It has all been already written, but I must emphasize that Alina is really open-minded and during our talks she wants to learn something from them. It is a really great attitude.

  17. Mariusz says:

    I completely agree with Tomek. I also noticed that Alina seems to be interested in our presentations by asking sensible questions. It is very good for the speaker to have at least one person who is interested in her/his speech 🙂

  18. Przemek says:

    Alina has been my teacher since October 2008 and in my opinion, her approach to teaching and her ability to increase the interaction between students is remarkable. This was already mentioned here…
    It can be clearly seen that the main goal for her is to teach us and to do it in the best possible way (that includes such innovative ideas like this blog). All in all, I can say that it is a shame that we are finishing our language course at JU this June.

  19. mike says:

    Alina has been teaching me for 2 years and I must say that she is a very good teacher. It seems to me that she likes her job very much and undoubtedly she enjoys meeting with students and sharing her knowledge with them. I admire her professional background, the enthusiasm and passion she shows during lessons and other activities like articles in magazines or interviews on the internet radio.
    Good job, Alina!! 🙂

  20. Magdalena G. says:

    Alina has been teaching me for only one year and she is the only one of all my English teachers (I have had a looot of them) who is neither Polish nor native English speaker. Which is an interesting English-learning experience in and of itself. Not to mention this finally forced me to use English only during classes (my previous English teacher was Polish… and even if we were supposed to use English during her classes as well, sometimes we couldn’t help talking with her in Polish a bit).
    As other people already mentioned, Alina tends to use quite unconventional methods of teaching English. This blog is a great example. Even if some of her ideas didn’t appeal to me at first, I’ve eventually seen that these are good ways of learning English indeed. Alina seems to know something I learned during last few years (and fully realized when writing an essay she assigned us) – that while the standard coursebook exercises are important in learning English, they aren’t enough to learn the language fluently; you should have contact with it in other forms as well, and the more interesting these other forms are to you, the better.
    And yeah, she encourages students to talk a lot during classes, which is important to shy ones like me whose spoken English still needs much practice.

  21. Patryk-Filip says:

    From the first lesson I was shocked by the enormous determination and energy of Alina. Her ideas were quite unpredictable and that made me feel that English lessons were just a pleasure.
    On the other hand, due to this way of teaching, I had to be always well prepared because of the high level of the lessons. What I also remember most is her unrepeatable sense of humor.

  22. KasiaU2 says:

    I’m happy that I met Alina during my studies. She’s got a lot of positive energy and she also has got a great passion of teaching her students. She comes up with many interesting ideas – this blog is a good example.
    Thanks a lot for everything! 🙂

  23. NataliaB says:

    When I was choosing my English teacher in the USOS system, I didn’t know any of them. I decided to choose Alina… because of her foreign name. I thought that it would be a very interesting and valuable experience to be taught by a teacher who is neither a Polish nor a native English speaker. And she didn’t disappoint me! She was undoubtedly the most enthusiastic, the most energetic and the most creative English teacher I’ve ever had. The assignments she gave us were sometimes really surprising, but I appreciate it now – thanks to this fact our English lessons were never boring.
    Alina is also, as my colleagues said before, understanding and patient. Moreover, she has a personal attitude towards her students and is interested in everyone’s opinion.
    I will have very nice memories connected with this 2-year English course. Keep up the good work, Alina! 🙂

  24. AniaŻ says:

    For me Alina is the best English teacher I have ever met. I want to appreciate her commitment and positive influence on students. In my opinion she is a good teacher, because she is great as a person! 🙂

  25. Krzysztof Sz. says:

    Alina is one of the most original English teachers I’ve met and been taught by. Sometimes she changes her line of thoughts so quickly during classes, that it’s hard to follow. But I find this a very challenging and effective exercise. Thumbs up!

  26. enigma says:

    In my opinion Alina is a very good teacher. She has got original ideas on how to improve our English, like writing a script!
    At her classes there are not only exercises with grammar and vocabulary, but a lot of talking which forced us speak English while communicating with other students.

  27. Lola says:

    We had a great time learning English in Alina’s classes, because she always has original ideas after doing some exercises from the coursebook. We always had something to do and the lessons were very funny, very pleasant, very helpful and very much improving our English. 🙂

  28. Laska says:

    It was a real pleasure to have lessons with Alina. Alina is a very nice person and a good teacher. Lessons were funny and very often creative. I’m enormously grateful for the time spent together.

  29. Piotrek says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the previous speaker..

  30. Magda Ł says:

    I do agree totally with all of my previous speakers, but what I want to emphasize (again, maybe) is that the classes with Alina do not resemble any of the ones I used to have. It’s great to find a teacher that does not focus only on the course book, but treats it as an addition, that is also full of new ideas, passion, and has a great sense of humor.
    I’m going to miss such classes.
    Thanks for teaching me and all the best for the future!

  31. Pawel D says:

    I am really glad that Alina was my teacher over the past two years. Most of the reasons are already listed above, I would however like to emphasise one thing: her eagerness to learn about new things. From Alina you can always expect a genuine interest and very good questions about anything new to her which she hears during classes. Since we were often talking about physics-related stuff, this trait was even more surprising and highly appreciated. Life would be so much better, if everyone was that curious about the world…

  32. karol says:

    Alina has an approach to English that is similar to our approach to Physics. That was sometimes the cause of misunderstandings, polemics and questionings 😉

  33. Lola says:

    Alina is a very nice person. She is always concentrated on the group and always ready to do something new.

  34. Ada says:

    I agree with Pawel D.’s post…
    For the first time I’ve met a teacher who was not only focused on teaching from the course book but was also interested in our hobbies and fields of study. Alina encourages students to speak about their major…

  35. Lola says:

    Alina has a very important attribute that is sense of humor.
    In my opinion this is the best way to communicate with people and make them listen.

    • Lola says:

      She also lets us have different points of view.
      Everybody can express his or her own opinion and that is why our discussions were very interesting and a lot of fun. She never criticizes, and always encourages you to speak more and more 🙂

  36. Magdalena says:

    Alina has been teaching me for one year. She is a teacher with sense of humor, with a positive attitude and a great personality.
    She includes all the students in the discussions in class, makes sure everyone understands what is being taught, uses different methods to liven up her lessons and therefore keeps her students’ attention alert.
    Alina is creative, well organised, she has great ideas and has always time for questions and the latest news.
    I like her teaching style. 🙂

  37. Imladris says:

    I`m really lucky I stumbled across Alina among many other English teachers. She is the one that is most focused on talking in the class. For me it is fun, as I like to hear other people`s opinions. This blog is also an unorthodox and interesting idea, and presents another opportunity for observing learners. I enjoyed our lessons a lot, it was a very self-developing experience.

  38. Piotr says:

    In my opinion the most characteristic feature of Alina’s classes is a lot of discussion on various topics. Because of that the classes certainly give students the opportunity to improve their communication skills and their spoken English. They were helpful in improving my English.

  39. Media with no limits says:

    Very Interesting what you have going on.

  40. Michal says:

    I had a chance to take part in almost all of the conversation classes described on this blog, and I must say I was impressed by the preparation Alina did for these classes in particular. She did lots of research on the topic, and used very attractive, interactive forms of teaching. But from my point of view, what was the most important was the fact that Alina was always asking us about our opinion on certain issues. She was interested in our points of view and always respected them, even if they happened to be different than hers.

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