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Monika Poray-Zbrozek Savage

Russian and Polish Language Teacher, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I received my first degree, an MA in Indian Philology (Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit), from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. On moving to the UK I obtained a BA in Russian and Serbian/Croatian from the University of Nottingham. Since 1994 I have been teaching Russian and Polish at the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies as well as in the Language Centre at the University of Nottingham.

I have wide-ranging experience as a language teacher. As a qualified teacher of English I have taught English in Polish secondary schools and HE establishments and at a refugee centre in Nottinghamshire. I have also taught Polish, Croatian, Russian and Czech courses for MOD personnel and at NCN and West Nottinghamshire College.

I am also a sworn translator and interpreter. My professional qualifications include a PGCE FE/HE which I completed at Trent University and a Diploma in Russian and English Interpreting and Translating for International Business which I gained from Bradford University (the latter included a practical part which I completed as an interpreter and translator in St Petersburg). Based on these qualifications and my professional experience, I have taught community interpreting courses specifically for Polish and Bosnian speakers. I have also worked as an interpreter for Croatian refugees.

I am keenly interested in community issues, equal rights and human rights especially regarding persecution of minorities, such as the Roma. I am actively involved in SPS (Signpost to Polish Success), a Polish charity for immigrants from Eastern Europe, of which I am a trustee board member. I also contribute articles to the newspaper East Midlands Po Polsku covering current affairs and issues facing new immigrants to the UK.

I maintain a strong interest in the Roma language and its culture. To this end I presented a paper, 'Romani Language and People: Inclusion or Seclusion', at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 2003.

Teaching Summary

  • R81100 Beginners Russian (a)
  • R81101 Beginners Russian (b)
  • LK11RA Inter Faculty Russian 1A
  • Inter Faculty Russian 1B
  • LK1 PLA Inter Faculty Polish 1A
  • Inter Faculty Polish 1B
  • Polish Language at level 1 (Evening Classes)
  • Polish Language 2 (Evening Classes)

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