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Carolyn Trotman-Grabek

Country: Poland
City: 62-081 Chyby
Address: ul.Ananasowa 9
School: Public Primary School Akademia Pitagorasa in Baronowa (near Poznan)
Functions: Native Speaker English Language Teacher and Methodologist for the overall English as a Foreign Language Programme

About the school

With 230 pupils and only now approaching its fourth anniversary, our ‘young’ school has a truly unique character in that it is one of the few public primary schools in the country which is run by a private entity and enjoys committed, communal support from our parent-teacher body in all aspects of running the school, including the construction and furnishing of specialist classrooms and rewarding our pupils by funding their participation in international language workshops. The size and cooperat

Language skills

I hold a B.A. in English Philology from the University of Warsaw, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Leicester. I have over 20 years experience teaching at all language levels, and in a wide variety of institutions throughout Poland, including primary schools, middle schools, Adam Miczkiewicz University (Poznan), University of Białystok, and in a number of multinational companies.


The goal is to provide pupils with a powerful incentive to improve their spoken English. There are several well-organised English language competitions, exams and websites available to boost reading, writing and listening skills. Unfortunately, the same is not true of speaking skills. Within Education, there is a significant lack of comprehensive English Language platforms dedicated to both showcasing and rewarding spoken skills. This situation reveals an undeniable opportunity that has not been

Strength and experience

I completed a certificate in Virtue Ethics in Education from the University of Birmingham, and for more than 12 years, I have been an Oral Examiner for Cambridge Examinations: First Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Proficiency Level Certificate. Moreover, I have designed and implemented a two year EU funded project in the Greater Poland voivodeship geared at providing 350 hospitality industry professionals with certified language skills for their various work environments. My current focus

Project related to EOL

To motivate pupils towards the improvement and display of their command of spoken English, we envision this initiative as a meeting place where pupils come together in the healthy spirit of a collaborative competition, to speak intelligibly and intelligently on a wide range of topics embedded in the core subjects of Geography, Social Studies, History, Culture, and General Science. In our classrooms we are, after all, supposed to be preparing our pupils to be proficient English language users; as

Needs and wishes

1/ Professional know-how and consultation on how best to approach setting up the project; 2/ Partner schools throughout Europe with whom to collaborate once the project has been developed; 3/ Information on securing resources, particularly for the compensation of participants and rewarding of distinguished contestants.