UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Magdalena Klajda

I am a qualified teacher of Polish Language, Culture and Literature with experience of teaching English and Polish as a second language. I have been teaching Polish for nearly 15 years now, both in Poland and in England. I have started my career as a language tutor in Poland at the Lublin Catholic University.  I need to say that the longer I teach, the more I love what I do, because teaching is my greatest passion, and it is also an excellent way to meet new people and face new challenges. I agree with Joseph Joubert who said that ‘To teach is to learn twice’. 

My tutoring approach depends on people I work with, their learning goals, their nature, age etc. Bearing in mind my own experience of learning languages I will not ask my students to read long texts and write essays during our classes, but I will involve them in role playing and games, instead. During my lessons I make students speak as much as possible from the very beginning because I believe that communication is the most important thing. I love creating new resources, that is why I took part in the reading project for students – Polish Easy Books. 

Privately I am a busy mum of 3 children. I love travelling, skiing, and cycling. I have a passion for literature, good European movies, and theatre.