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Unplugged* znaczy dosłownie „wyłączony z prądu,” w przemyśle muzycznym „akustycznie,” a w nauce angielskiego… hmm, jak to krótko ująć? Najkrócej? Bez podręcznika. Czyli bez materiałów, nagrań i wcześniej precyzyjnie przygotowanego planu? Nie, to nie do końca tak. To jak? Może od razu po angielsku? Why not?

People come before rules. We talk, read and write about things that are important for us, students and teachers, here and now. The rules – grammar or pronunciation – come out of that.

Technology helps but does not rule. We do plug in sometimes – to listen to a song or watch parts of a video or even to make a film – but it’s all to help us have something common to talk about and learn.

Communication first, simulation second. Why make up scenes, if we can have real  ones?

We are individuals. We always try to customize each lesson as to make most parts of it worthwhile for everyone. We do not use a coursebook as a base but if we find interesting stuff there, we use it. We’re not extremists 😉

The brain needs more than words to switch on and start to learn. That’s why apart from talking we: draw, paint, build, play games and scenes, move around making the most of the space, drink, try food, listen to music and watch stuff.

A classroom is not a closed lab where language hatches. We bring the outside world with us to the class to share with others and learn: our interests, our troubles, things we want to discuss, songs and films we want to learn from or even a cake we’ve baked and want others to try.

But don’t worry. We do grammar and we do have a printer to hand you in some stuff on paper. We even give you homework, like in other schools 🙂

*Trzeba przyznać, że termin „Unplugged” nie jest nasz oryginalny. Pochodzi z książki „Teaching Unplugged”. Autorzy zainspirowali się edukacją demokratyczną i … ruchem filmowców Dogme 95. I tak właśnie uczą angielskiego. A my dodajemy jeszcze do tego swoje własne pomysły…

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