The English Learners' Blog

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!

ELT Trainings, Speeches & Conference Feedback by Alina


Alina Alens June 19, 2013

Last Classes, New Ideas 🙂, a post on prejudice and intolerance, packed with 4 activities to use with English learners.

May 23rd, 2013

Cars, Cars, Cars – A Beginner’s Guide (1) including Alina’s analysis of a personalised TED playlist entitled: Cars and their Universe, a Third Degree Encounter.

April 11th, 2013

Congratulations Are in Order! David Crystal is Going Global, dedicated to David Crystal and his newly launched site at the time.

January 23rd, 2013

Brain Plasticity and Empathy, Dealing With “The Impossible” and Other Thoughts, an ambitious blog post with links to selected documentary movies and a concluding commentary on the effects that surviving catastrophes can have on the human brain and the human behaviour, backed up by specialised literature and the impressive movie, The Impossible.


December 14th, 2012

Christmas Thoughts, a talk delivered to the teachers and students at Kliny English Courses.

November 27, 2012

ELT Workshops to Remember – Whether in English or a Language You Do Not Yet Master

Alina’s thoughts on  teaching Grammar, discourse analysis, the issue of trust in learning following Leslie Anne Hendra’s workshop, Shaking Up Grammar – A Goals- and Context-based Approach & a 3-workshop session organised in Krakow on November 17 by PASE under the heading of Kapelusze Lektora, for teachers of English and other subjects.

November 9th, 2012

Afraid?, an article including an ELT activity inspired by Ken Lackman’s ELT workshop attended in September, 2012, Who’s Afraid of the Modal Verbs?

September 25th, 2012

Back to School

A look at three training opportunities: a specially tailored workshop on suspense by Grzegorz Spiewak, the Pearson ELT Conference on September 26th, 2012, and the ELTea MASTERS IN ACTION Conference “The Lexical Classroom” led by Ken Lackman on September 30th, 2012.

February 6th, 2012

How to evaluate your students’ speaking and listening skills, including a few post-workshop thoughts and an ELT activity mapped out, with an assessment chart for peer assessment ready for student use.


September 14th, 2011

Why I Love ELT Conferences 

An on-line article inspired by JJ Wilson, and Daniel Brayshaw’s training sessions during the ELT Pearson Conference “Minds Wide Open”.

7 – 9 July 2011

Alina’s paper presented at the ALTE International Conference:

The Blogosphere: A New Frontier in Teaching and Learning

June 28th, 2011

Food – Then and Now

An on-line article inspired by Janna Gur’s lecture on “Food in Biblical Times” delivered during the Jewish Festival of 2011.

March 27th & March 26th, 2011

Two posts inspired by two TED Conference Speakers: Sarah Kay (Introducing Sarah Kay) and Eric Weiner (“Where are you?”). 


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