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Heritage, Puławy and the International Summer School 2002

Heritage webpage introduction

Welcome to our special summer school edition of the British Studies Webpages produced jointly by our regular team and the participants of the Summer School. From July 4th to 14th thirty of us, participants and trainers, from Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, as well as the UK and Poland, (see list of participants) met with the aims of learning:

·         about heritage (see Meaning of Heritage)

·         about new approaches to Culture In ELT

·         about materials writing

·         about how to prepare those materials for the internet

The results you will find in this Heritage edition edition and how we did it you will find in our Summer School Approach and Description. The opinions of participants can be found on Comments from some course participants.

Local dimension

Our approach is always to make the area in which the summer school is held into a ‘participant’ and the references to Kazimierz Dolny, Nałęczów, Kozłówka etc that appear in various items bear successful witness to that. Fieldwork and training in its techniques was a central element (see especially Consuming Places: Paradise Lost, Sense of Heritage, Local Heritage and Artistic Heritage) and our Gallery of Pictures. English has become the international medium of heritage, and the skill in presenting Polish Heritage through English to an international audience (as well as awareness of the problems involved) has informed many of the articles.

International dimension

In addition we have an international dimension provided by our non-Polish participants and reflecting the significant non-Polish readership of the webpages. So for those of you from other countries (and Hungary and Slovenia in particular) you will find examples from your countries alongside the UK and Poland (see food identity heritage and natural heritage in danger)

Community of trainers and participants

We attempted to be a community of trainers and participants as we believe the most important cultural resource is not books, the internet or the materials the trainers bring but the participants who attend the summer school (just as your students are the most important cultural resource in the classroom). Many of the items you will find here could not have been thought up in advance by the trainers and the richness of items on the pages is a product of this philosophy (see Summer School Approach and Description and Comments from some course participants).

Our participant-centred approach is perhaps best revealed in the interviews you can find with Maria Szyszkowska, some jazz musicians, a curator of a local museum and a returned émigré family. They are all products of participant initiatives.

Living voices

We are presenting audio for the first time as an expression of our commitment to having living voices on the webpages, they could provide listening activities for the classroom. These are authentic interviews (therefore a few language slips) but with the freshness and spontaneity of a first unedited recording (see heritage impressions and food identity heritage). You should be able to play them directly through your computer with a sound card and speakers. Let us have your comments on whether you think this is a success. (In our Heritage Websites there are links to oral history websites where you can get more recordings (some free e.g. from the BBC) which you can use in your class, as well as download the free software: Real Audio Player)

What else will you find 

Ø       Heritage expressed through songs

Ø       Names as a Heritage Resource (particularly suitable for younger learners with less English)

Ø       Damaged Heritage - the examples of post-war Warsaw and Coventry

In addition to our usual items:

Ø       Academic Angle - Ethnography? (What) Does it Have to Do with Language Education?

Ethnography is one of the methodological links between culture and language and underpins much of our work on the summer school.

Ø       Mrs A’s diary

Ø       Book review - Scotland the Brand

Ø       Crossword puzzle and the Don't forget your past quizzes

Ø       Heritage websites

More items will be added in due course.

The training team

Special thanks to the team without which this edition wouldn’t be possible: Małgorzata Zdybiewska and Anna Tomczak - teachers and tutors throughout and hidden co-contributors to many of the items; Simon Gill from Olomouc for his support both as a tutor and for social activities, and Maria Walat for coming to add a theoretical element. Wojciech Korput our webmaster is the most central figure responsible for the design of the pages as well as ICT advisor, he has been involved in every item; and is very ably supported by Mariusz Marczak, while Joanna Jabłońska our course facilitator somehow got us to the end and beyond. Thanks to Henryka Klimczak for the Heritage issue logo.

And finally….

Michael Houten

This is the last edition that will be edited by Michael (the BC British Studies Teacher Education Project Coordinator) who has been the BS webpage editor for the last four years. The range of the webpages is almost entirely due to his tireless drive and commitment. He was the originator of the annual summer school and his hidden, as well as active, contribution this year was again considerable. Many other things could be mentioned but the British Studies Webpages themselves will be his most enduring legacy and reminder of his work in Poland. We wish him well for the future.

Richard Bolt - Director of Studies


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