Czesław Kiński & Jacek Łagun

Macmillan Education

BIOS

Czesław Kiński a graduate of the Teacher Training College in Olsztyn and the University of Gdańsk, Czesław is now an academic teacher and a PhD candidate at the  University of Warmia and Mazury. His other professional affiliation is the English Perfect school of languages, where he’s worked as a teacher and an Assistant Director of Studies. Czesław is also an UCLES examiner, a speaker at IATEFL and PASE conferences and an author of ELT books and materials for Gateway, Interface and Voices series by Macmillan. With 20 years of experience in teaching all age groups and all levels, he’s never completely satisfied with his work and always looks for something new.

Czesław’s professional interests include public speaking, group dynamics and the influence of culture on language acquisition. In his free time, Czesław is an amateur guitarist, a marathon runner and a keen concert-goer. Married, with the lively and lovely Zuzia and Bartek completing the household. Finally, enigmatically as it sounds, he is quite often referred to as ‘the xero-brother’.

dr Jacek Łagun graduated from the Teacher Training College in Olsztyn in 1996 and acquired an MA from the University of Gdańsk in 2000. He has been teaching for over 20 years, starting from a group of 10-year-olds, moving on a year later to teach Grammar School students for three years. He has been teaching in English Perfect since 1997 where he was an Assistant Director of Studies from 2007 to 2012. His professional experience also includes being an UCLES examiner since 2003 and being a lecturer at the University of Warmia and Mazury since 2007. In 2016 he completed his PhD on the perception of taboo topics and lexical items amongst people aged 17-25 . He is also an author of ELT books and materials for Gateway, Interface and Voices series.

Group dynamics and positive motivation as well as the use of controversial and taboo topics in teaching English comprise the main areas of his professional interests. In his free time he is obsessed with basketball being a ‘stat-rat’, a fan, an amateur player and a coach for a group of children aged 5 to 11. He also enjoys long-distance running – he has finished two marathons. He loves his wife and two sons. Finally, enigmatically as it sounds, he is quite often referred to as ‘the other of the two’ or ‘a xero-brother’.

ABSTRACT

Straight to speaking success at Cambridge First

Students taking the Cambridge First may feel somewhat lost during the Speaking Test unless they are appropriately prepared for the challenge, both in terms of language competence and their awareness of exam format and procedures.

Using the Speaking Test format as a means of structuring my webinar, I will be sharing tips and tricks that you can subsequently share with your students in order to make them fully equipped to deal with the challenges of the exam. You can expect many ideas from my experience as an examiner as well as useful advice from a model Cambridge First coursebook – Straight to First.