On 24-26 May 2001, the 2nd Scientific and
Educational Conference: "Languages open doors” was held in Będlewo.
1. The language teaching and study system in European countries
Teaching programs (hours, frequency, etc.);
Teaching system at a given university.
2. Domestic and foreign cooperation
Experience in cooperation on intercollegiate programs;
New programs, new opportunities;
Language policy in Poland and Europe.
3. New techniques for teaching foreign languages
E-mail, the Internet and what's next?
Computer programs for teaching foreign languages;
4. Methods of teaching foreign languages
General or specialized language;
What skills should be taught?
Audio, video ... or just a textbook?
5. Management in teaching foreign languages
Motivating teachers to work;
Stress in the teaching profession;
The teacher: his/her role in the teaching process -
LANGUAGES OPEN DOORS (article by Urszula Mińska-Marciniak)
2001 is not only the beginning of the 21st century but primarily the year of
languages. "Fireworks" topics from foreign language schools were
expected. But, as is often the case, only a few were beautiful.
The Department of Foreign Languages of Poznan University of Technology interested
in this year motto, organized a language conference. This was the second
international conference under the auspices of the DFL for foreign language
On May 24-26, professionals gathered at the beautiful palace of Będlewo near
Poznan to discuss and debate the problem of teaching foreign languages. These
professionals came from higher education schools of humanities and technology,
as well as organizations whose activities support, in both theory and practice,
teachers in Polish schools of all kinds.
Lectures and discussions were held over three days on the practical application
of different techniques for teaching foreign languages. The thematic diversity
of the conference made it possible to present the full spectrum of foreign
language teaching techniques.
Among the presenters were supporters of modern and traditional teaching
techniques from Poland, Great Britain, Finland and Slovakia. They discussed the
role of both the teacher and student in the teaching process, the ability to
use multimedia techniques, the internet, the teaching of specialized language
and the use of various multimedia. The most interesting, as usual, were the
discussions in the palace lobby. The setting of the palace was magnificent and
the weather was so beautiful that discussions went on until late in the evening.
Publishing Houses, such as Hueber, Pearson Education, Omnibus, Oxford
University Press, Wagros, and Macmillan, presented their latest language
The inauguration of the conference was celebrated with the presence of His
Magnificence, Rector of our University, symbolically lighting the bonfire in
the evening. The atmosphere of the conference was conducive to exchanging
experiences. The need to organize such meetings is reflected in the number of requests
to continue the discussions, particularly in the higher education environment