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Beginnings
   
An excerpt from The Olsztynska Daily:

"... we met on a post-graduate training course run by the Teachers’ Training College in Olsztyn at the beginning of the 1990s…". It was  a course for the teachers of English providing them with the required qualifications for  teaching a foreign language. For Allan it was  a pure formality- English was his mother tongue and he had been teaching it for  over 10 years already.  For Janusz, a lecturer at this course, teaching Allan about the British culture  was a fairly interesting experience...   “At that time we were both ready to make a step ahead in our careers - to start a language school that could last for generations…” Their individual visions of what such a school should like turned out very similar. And so in September  1995 a new language school appeared on the map of language schools  in Olsztyn - English Perfect Yearwood & Góralczyk  .   

 
Development

About us

In the first year of our activity there were basically just the two of us. We were teaching about 100 students. In the following years, due to a rapidly growing demand for our services, we started to employ other teachers. We were always very strict about the quality of teaching and personality of our teachers. We started to headhunt for the best teachers in town or even Poland.  It brought about the dynamic growth of EP, which was at some point limited by staff shortage.            

We  never compromised  to satisfy  the demand for our courses by looking for teachers just in the press. Our natural next step forward was  PASE (Polish Association for Standards in English) audit. PASE is the Polish member of  EAQUALS (European Association for Quality  Language Services). We needed to know  that what we were doing  met the requirements for  standards of foreign languages teaching and this could be credibly confirmed by an independent audit.

Before we built our own school building in Warszawska Street, we taught in various places in Olsztyn. We started in former Catholic High School in Baltycka Street. Then there were Teachers’ Training College  premises  in Glowackiego Street,  Primary School No 8 (where we still teach),  the Old Town,  Vocational Building School in Zołnierska Street, and  in various locations in Jaroty - Primary School No 30, Junior High School No 13 and Senior High School No 5. Our main office  was initially in the office building in Kosciuszki Street, next in the Old Town (5 years) and eventually, in  November  2005,  we moved to our own newly constructed  building in Warszawska Street 36. Since  February 2008 we have been also running classes in our branch in Jaroty . Currently English Perfect  has got over 2,000 students and  over 60 teachers.

Apart from English, already in the second year of our activity we started to teach also German and French,  then, gradually, Spanish, Italian, Russian and, since the school year  2008/2009, Japanese.

At the beginning of the 1990s, before English Perfect was established,  it was not easy to effectively learn a foreign language in Olsztyn. First of all, there were very few well-qualified teachers. Those available were most often giving  individual private lessons. Though there was a number of  various institutions offering teaching foreign languages,  their  way of organization, premises and curriculum were far from the vision of a professional language school which we had.  By relating as early as possible to PASE, which integrates the best language schools in Poland and promotes and implements high teaching quality standards in them, we wanted to get rid of the “moonlighting”  odium from language teaching.  Prof. Hanna Komorowska  of the University of Warsaw, a well recognized  authority  in English language teaching methodology,  once said that the clear improvement in the level of foreign languages knowledge in Poland in recent years was owed to private language schools. We are happy that we have our small contribution to it.

 
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