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Gary Lycett

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Year 4 Teacher

My first experience in teaching began in Leeds after having obtained a Creative Writing degree from Leeds University. It involved teaching asylum seekers elementary English so that they could build up the confidence to use it in their everyday lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, but I especially valued how they were able to express their cultural backgrounds to me with the English I had taught them. 

This motivated me into gaining a teaching qualification which allowed me to teach in schools around the world. I chose to teach in Taiwan and then on from there to Spain. I met my wonderful wife in Madrid and it was she who convinced me to move to Poland, where I have lived for several years now.  I have been teaching at a well-known international school in the city and I pride myself on continually striving to improve myself as a teacher.

In my spare time, I like to watch classic and modern British sitcoms and I’m a big fan of satirical shows such as ‘Have I Got News for You’. I’ve also started to rediscover poetry and I spend time reading the works of many poets on the commute to and from work. In fact, I still like to flex my Creative Writing muscles on occasion and write plays, short stories and the odd humorous musing on life.

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As a teacher, I believe that pupils understand through performance. Even when observing my first students, whom I taught many years ago, applying their English to real world situations, I could see how they could grasp the intricacies of the language they were using through practical applications. This also applies to the classroom, as pupils gain deeper insight into the work they do through how they perform whilst doing it.

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