Ross Mulkern


Ross Mulkern jest nauczycielem języka angielskiego i jak prawdziwy Anglik, jest entuzjastą herbaty. Wyruszył do Polski latem 2013 roku w poszukiwaniu przygody i ruskich pierogów. Po trzech latach nadal jest zakochany w swoim przybranym domu i zachwyca się niepowtarzalnymi urokami naszego kraju. W swoim dorobku, oprócz nauczania, ma także różnorodne publikacje m.in. w czasopismach dotyczących skateboardingu i blogach biznesowych. Pisanie jest jego pierwszą miłością, a najwięcej satysfakcji przynosi mu inspirowanie i pobudzanie kreatywności u innych ludzi.

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Przymierzymy się do kolejnego zaproszenia Państwa do Nas 🙂
Zespół Szkół Nr 3 – V Liceum Ogólnokształcące w Rybniku, Rybnik 5/04/2017

Zajęcia ciekawe, poprowadzone na luzie i z humorem. Uczniom bardzo się podobały! Na pewno wybierzemy się na kolejne.
Gimnazjumn nr 21, Katowice 3/04/2017

Wspaniałe warsztaty i świetny prowadzący – Ross!!!! Uczniowie bardzo zadowoleni!!!
Zespół Szkół w Bytomiu Odrzańskim, 30/03/2017 Poznań


EASTER TIME FUN and GAMES

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate + / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Easter is a time for celebration, so come and celebrate with us! In this fun session for kids we will find out about some of the activities and games that British kids play at Easter. There will be races, crafts and lots of eggy fun – all in English of course! With plenty of prizes to be won, we hope that every child will come away hopping with eggcitement and full of fun new facts about how Easter is celebrated in the British Isles.


ENGLAND

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

From Boudica to Brexit, this interactive session explores the history and culture that has shaped the identity of England as it exists today. Over the course of an hour we will cover many of the peculiar particularities that make the English so famously eccentric and answer many of the questions we’re sure you’ve been dying to ask: What makes England different from Britain, or the UK for that matter? Who were the Anglo-Saxons? How do you pronounce Leicester? And most importantly, what does it mean to be “chuffed”, “gobsmacked” or “at Her Majesty’s pleasure”? By the end of the workshop we will have explored history, culture and language with energy and humour to answer once and for all the fundamental question, “What is England?”

Materials:

England worksheets

England worksheets

20 words England

20 words England


IRELAND

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

A land of ancient history, stunning landscapes and an irrepressible spirit that has survived even in the toughest of times, the so-called “Emerald Isle” is a country which rarely fails to charm any lucky enough to visit. In this session we will cross the Irish Sea to explore the nation that, despite its small size, has made a huge impact on the worlds of music, literature and budget airlines. This interactive session provides answers to such questions as “What is the difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland?”, “What is ‘Hurling’?” and “How have they won Eurovision so many times?” By the end of the workshop we will have explored history, culture and language, all with energy and humour, to answer the fundamental question, “What is Ireland?”

Materials:

Ireland worksheets

Ireland worksheets

20 words Ireland

20 words Ireland


NORTHERN IRELAND: THE TROUBLES

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 13+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

This session explores one of the darkest chapters in Ireland’s long history – The Troubles. Throughout the second half of the 20th Century, life in Northern Ireland was blighted by sectarian violence that began with blood on the streets and ended with communities bitterly divided – both politically and literally. We will examine the causes and effects of significant events, from the roots of the conflict, through the Easter Rising and Bloody Sunday, up to the imperfect peace of the Good Friday agreement. We will also look at some of the key players on both sides of the conflict, exploring the roles played politics, paramilitaries, history and religion in a series of events which continue to have relevance today.


SCOTLAND

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Bagpipes, blue-faced warriors and deep fried Mars bars: just a few of the things that might come to mind when you think of Scotland. This session takes the audience on a journey through the culture, history and, indeed, cuisine of the most northern British nation to discover the answers to such fundamental questions as “Where did the Scots come from?”, “How do you toss a caber?” and “Why do they read poetry to their dinner?”. The session goes on to explore some of the great Scottish inventions that have revolutionised the way we live, along with other ways that Scotland has influenced the world. Finally, in preparation for your first visit to the land of William Wallace we will be learning to speak Scots, dress like a Highlander and take part in some traditional national sports.

Materials:

Scotland worksheets

Scotland worksheets

20 words Scotland

20 words Scotland


WALES

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Join us on a journey through the land of King Arthur, full of magic, dragons and, of course, cheese on toast. This session will explore the past and present of the Welsh nation, via culture, history and the language of the Elves to answer questions like “Who are the Welsh?” and “Why are they so good at singing?”. From the stunning landscapes of the Brecon Beacons to the peaks and glaciers of Snowdonia, from Cardiff to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, we will use our knowledge, energy and a touch of humour to bring you the best of the country that Tom Jones, Catherine Zeta Jones and many other Joneses call home.

Materials:

Wales worksheets

Wales worksheets

20 words Wales

20 words Wales


British Festivals and Traditions

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Pre-intermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

The United Kingdom has a rich history of multicultural influences which have led to an extraordinary amount of bizarre traditions between the four countries, but which country outdoes them all? We’ll compare the four countries’ top customs and try some out for ourselves! A little sneak peek at the agenda: we’ve got cheese rolling, Morris dancing, pancake racing and gurning! Hogsmeade and Beltane… What are these? Let’s look at some of the oldest festivals in human history, celebrated exclusively in the United Kingdom!

Materials:

British Festivals & Traditions

British Festivals & Traditions

christmas-worksheets

christmas-worksheets

20 words Festivals Traditions

20 words Festivals Traditions


Modern Britain

You probably have an idea of Britain in your head: polite but stuffy people drinking tea and talking about the rain. Everyone loves the Queen, the Scots all wear kilts and Wales is full of miners who sing like Tom Jones. Whilst parts of this are undoubtedly true, modern Britain is actually a fascinatingly diverse place in ways that might surprise you. What is the surprisingly exotic national dish? What do Brits really think of the monarchy?  And could we even be close to the end of the United Kingdom as we know it? This session uncovers the answers to all this and more.

Materials:

modern-britain-description

modern-britain-description

modern-britain-worksheets

modern-britain-worksheets

20 words Modern Britain

20 words Modern Britain


Cruel Kings and Mean Queens

Event type: Interactive Talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

You probably know that Henry VIII was partial to the odd decapitation, but did you know that British history has seen many monarchs just as strange and bloody-thirsty as him? What about the queen who bathed once a year (whether she needed it or not!) or the King who everybody thought was a werewolf? This interactive session offers a guided tour through the history of Britain’s most bonkers blue-blooded rulers, revealing true stories more bizarre and gruesome than any fiction! 

Materials:

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20 words Kings Queens

20 words Kings Queens


English Rhymes

Event type: Interactive Talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Music is a great way to learn languages. Our childhoods are filled with music, from bed-time lullabies and nursery rhymes to learning all the words to our favourite pop songs as teenagers. This session brings that experience to second language learning with a series of energetic, toe-tapping chants and raps suitable for older children who may have outgrown “Mary Had a Little Lamb” but still very much enjoy making a racket!

Materials:

english-rhymes-worksheets

english-rhymes-worksheets

20 words Rhymes, Raps, Chants

20 words Rhymes, Raps, Chants


Ladies and Gentlemen: British Manners and Etiquette

Event type: Interactive Talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Great news – Her Majesty is coming round for afternoon tea! But wait… do you know which forks to put where? What is the rule with hats? And most importantly, what’s the proper way to make the tea? Fortunately, this session provides all the necessary instruction in the dark arts of British etiquette to make sure that when Queen Liz writes next, it will be an invitation to the palace and not the Tower of London!

Materials:

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20 words Manners Etiquette

20 words Manners Etiquette


How to Sound Like a Native Speaker

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 13+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Ship or sheep? That is the question. This workshop will focus on the mechanics and practice of fluid, natural-sounding pronunciation. The aim is to make oneself understood instantly, be it on the phone or at an important presentation, whilst minimising the need for embarrassing repetition or clarification. Issues of sound, stress and tone will all be addressed in the hope of producing English that is as confident and natural as possible in its delivery.

Materials:

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how_to_sound_like_a_native_speaker-1

how_to_sound_like_a_native_speaker-2

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how_to_sound_like_a_native_speaker-4

how_to_sound_like_a_native_speaker-4


International English

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 13+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

English is no longer simply the language of the British Isles. Through the legacy of the British Empire and, later, the rise of the United States of America as the world’s pre-eminent superpower, English has become the international lingua franca. From Singapore to Canada to Hong Kong, English is spoken as a native language, and throughout the rest of the world it is the language both of business and of international friendship and co-operation. As it continues to evolve far beyond the boundaries of Great Britain, this session attempts to explore the many and varied ways that English continues to adapt to an ever-changing world.

Materials:

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international_english-1

international_english-2

international_english-2

international_english-3

international_english-3

international_english-4

international_english-4


The Tudors

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 13+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

Most people know that Henry VIII had six wives, or that the Spanish Armada was defeated by Francis Drake, but how was life for the average person during one of the most fascinating periods of British history? From diet to fashion to the rather neglected issue of personal hygiene, this workshop will explore what life was like, not for kings and queens, but for the “man-on-the-street” during the period that brought us Shakespeare, potatoes and many, many beheadings.

Materials:

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20 words Tudor Britain

20 words Tudor Britain


Famous British Writers

Event type: Interactive talk
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 12+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

The English language is unparalleled as a tool for expression. Some languages are more romantic, others more practical or logical, but few have produced such a vast and luminary canon of poets and novelists. This session seeks to delve into the lives of writers such as Byron, Dickens, Austen and, of course, Shakespeare to uncover some of the meaning and motivation behind their most celebrated works.

Materials:

famous-british-writers-worksheets

famous-british-writers-worksheets


Drama Fun and Games

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Ross Mulkern
Minimum age: 10+
Level: Preintermediate / Intermediate / Upper-intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs.

This session involves participants in a variety of dramatic activities where the aim is simply to have fun and build confidence when performing. Activities will involve exploring characters, delivering dialogue and generally experiencing the joy of dramatic performance, all within a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. In addition to this, participants will also have the opportunity to be immersed in an English speaking environment, using a second language to genuinely learn and engage with others throughout the workshop.

Materials:

fun-and-games-worksheets

fun-and-games-worksheets


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