Teaching English Language

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn English again?
Would you like to use your knowledge in conversation?
Would you like to strengthen and brush up your vocabulary?
Do you feel you need to improve your grammar in school tests?
Have you decided to verify your competence in one of many international examinations?

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Translation Services

The IVEGA Learning Centre also focuses on translation.
The most important criterion for good quality translation is not - as many may wrongly suppose - only an excellent knowledge of English language. It is primarily the expertise and experience of the translator and their knowledge of the subject to be translated, as well as an excellent knowledge of their own native language and stylistics.

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Language bookshop

Language teachers are an invaluable source of information and advice to their students. Based on their own experience they can advise students on language study materials. Our language centre also works as a language bookshop, where students can order various dictionaries, grammar and vocabulary books and other supplementary materials.

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Teachers can only be teachers when there are students who want to be students. Without a question, an answer is experienced as manipulation; without a desire to learn, the offer to teach is easily felt as oppression.Henry Nouwen, SEEDS OF HOPE

News

 

ENROLLMENT FOR WINTER COURSES 2018/2019 IS STARTING RIGHT NOW!

 

From the 3rd to the 13th September 2018 you can meet us on working days, talk to us, test yourselves, and sign up for new courses.

 

WE HAVE PREPARED SOME NOVELTIES FOR YOU! GET SURPRISED!

PUBLIC COURSES START ON THE 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018.



Enrollment will take place at our language centre at 27 Letna Street, 1st floor on working days from 

September 3rd to 7th, 2018 and then again, from September 10th to 13th, 2018, in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

The courses in the winter term 2018/2019 start on September 17th, 2018 and finish on January 31st, 2019.
The Winter/Christmas holidays at our school are planned from December 24th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019. 

The courses in the summer term 2018/2019 start on February 4th, 2019 and finish on June 21st, 2019.

The Spring break is planned from February 18th to February 24th, 2019 and the Easter holidays are planned from April 18th to April 24th, 2019. No lessons will be provided at the school between these dates.

It is now possible for all students to test their present knowledge effectively online or at our school for free with immediate results.

An interview before the placement of a student into a study group is essential and the time for the interview should be arranged in advance by phone at 0905 212 417 or by email at gtroskoo@orangemail.sk.

For the attention of secondary school leavers!
We offer conversation lessons with native English speakers along with a course on English Grammar and practical Stylistics with an experienced Slovak lecturer! Success guaranteed!

The international IELTS test preparation with an experienced lecturer as a precondition for studies abroad. Get prepared with us! 

 

DO NOT HESITATE ANY LONGER AND JOIN US!

FREEDOM IS NOT WORTH HAVING IF IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FREEDOM TO MAKE MISTAKES.

Mahatma Gandi

Who we are

The English language centre IVEGA Learning Center was founded in 1993 and it is one of the smallest and oldest language schools in Košice. We focus exclusively on teaching English language and other activities associated with this language. 

Our school has an atmosphere which is quite unique in what can be called a specific and family-like school character. In which other language school does the school principal and owner know all their students personally by name? At our school we teach adults in public courses or in their companies, and also children, so it often happens that we teach both parents and their children and get to know the whole family. We make all efforts to maintain high quality learning in a friendly, modern and informal environment.

IVEGA Learning Center organises short-term and long-term English courses for adults, primary and secondary school children, and teenagers. We teach General English with an emphasis on conversation, and also Business English and Technical English. We also provide courses that teach English Grammarand Conversation separately. We prepare students to successfully pass their school leaving examinations (Maturita), in their final secondary school year, as well as for international examinations, such as PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, ELSA, FELSA etc., which our students can take several times a year in cooperation with the British Council, LCCI or other international institutions at one of their testing centres.

Since 2005 our courses of General English have been recognised and accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic at 5 levels of language competence.The overall programme and the structure of our courses comply with the criteria of the Common European Framework for languages (CEF).


Language teachers are an invaluable source of information and advice to their students. Based on their own experience they can advise students on language study materials, recommend appropriate books, supplementary resources and suitable learning methods to complement their efforts on their way to mastering the language. Our language centre also works as a language bookshop, where students can order dictionaries, grammar and vocabulary books,  other supplementary materials, CDs, DVDs etc.

The IVEGA Learning Center also provides translation services from Slovak to English and vice versa.

Our team

Since its opening, the school has collaborated with highly qualified Slovak and foreign lecturers from English speaking countries. For our teachers, English is not only work but also an interest. During the existence of our language centre, several lecturers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Northern Ireland have worked in our school. Through a combination of learning with Slovak and foreign lecturers, starting at >beginner< level up to full conversation classes with a native speaker at >upper-intermediate< or >advanced< level, a mastery of all key language skills can be achieved really fast. There is no doubt that the presence of a foreign lecturer at a school is of great benefit to both students and to other Slovak language teachers. A native speaker can motivate them to work hard on their skills and self-presentation, and on the active use of their language skills.

 

For the academic year 2018/2019 the following teachers will be at students’ disposal at our language centre:

Mgr. Ing. Gabriela TROSKÓOVÁ 

Position:

  • The founder, owner and principal of the language centre
  • Senior Slovak lecturer who has been in charge of the day-to-day running of the school since its opening

Education:

  •  Bachelor of Arts degree from the Faculty of Philosophy at Prešov University in Prešov, specialising in the English Language
  •  Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Philosophy at Prešov University in Prešov in   Modern Non-Slavonic Philology, English Language and Literature
  •  Post-graduate diploma in the field of Professional Terminology and Translation – Law,   Economics, Technology at the same university
  •  Master of Science degree from the Civil Engineering Faculty, the Technical University in   Košice in Building Structures
  •  The holder of two Cambridge certificates

Experience:

  • She has been working in the educational sector at various levels since 1987teaching English to various age categories, ranging from children aged 8 to adults aged over 60

Laura ŠTARK

Position:

  •  British native speaker, junior foreign lecturer

Education:

  • Currently, a full-time student at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice, combining her studies and stay in Slovakia with teaching Slovak students, mainly giving conversational lessons

Experience:

  • Young lecturer with short teaching experience but extremely eager and hard-working to grasp new knowledge and gain practical experience
  • She has been teaching English at our language centre since 2016

Georgina WILLIAMS

Position:

  •  a British native speaker, senior foreign lecturer

Education:

  • After completing King Ecgberts Secondary School in Sheffield, she went on to pursue her dream of professional ice-skating around the world and joined Holiday on Ice, an   internationally touring professional ice show 

Experience:

  • She has worked as a professional ice-skater in Holiday on Ice with many different nationalities in Mexico, Central and South America, South Africa and all of Europe
  • Since 2011 she has been living and teaching English in Slovakia, at our language centre since 2012

Heather Dawn Zavaďák-Wyche

Position:

  • British native speaker, senior foreign lecturer

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bolton, UK, in English, specialising in literature
  • Post-graduate degree from the University of Huddersfield, UK, in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, specialising in literacy skills
  • Teacher training degree

Experience:

  • After participating in the Erasmus programme in the University of Presov, Heather was inspired to live abroad and travel extensively
  • She taught English in Prague for a year, then moved to Kosice in 2009, and she has been teaching for our language school since 2013

HE WHO ASKS IS A FOOL FOR FIVE MINUTES, BUT HE WHO DOES NOT ASK REMAINS A FOOL FOREVER.
Mark Twain

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Our attitude and methodology

The teaching methods at our centre draw on the wealth of our own experience and the latest knowledge in the field of language learning methodology. Current study in this field points to the success of combined methods with an emphasis on communication. In order to successfully master a foreign language, it is important, first of all, to know the purpose the language serves in various communication situations, then the structure and forms of the particular language. The essence of language learning is the development of five basic language skills: speaking, listening and reading comprehension, writing, and grammar, taught directly using a variety of interesting activities in lessons, plus other means of learning indirectly outside the school environment, including both traditional written sources and more modern interactive sources taken from various media.

Our learning is humanistically oriented (for more information see http://www.infed.org/biblio/learning-humanistic.htm  or http://www.garysturt.free-online.co.uk/human.htm ). It engages the whole person in the process of learning, and their experiences; it combines logic and intuition, intellect and emotions. Students learn most easily when they associate their knowledge with their own experiences, in a team, whilst knowing the meaning of their endeavours. Students differ widely from one another in ability and experience, so our attitude towards students is highly individualistic; we allow students to use a learning style that suits them, we seek to adjust the methods used and concentrate on the personality and age of a particular student.

 

Adult learning is not very different from children’s and teenage learning if we consider the main end, which is self-actualisation, self-development, and a sense of achievement. Adults, mainly when motivated intrinsically to broaden their knowledge, improve their qualifications and better their life as a result. They can study systematically and individually, and become co-creators of their success in the process of learning. Lifelong education then keeps a person up-to-date and plays an essential role in modern life at the mature age. Learning for children and teenagers, especially at younger ages, is something that results from their natural curiosity and ongoing personal growth. Hence, the main focus for children is on the fulfilment of this need, the development of their self-esteem and identity, a feeling of being special, and being encouraged towards creativity and tolerance of other opinions. It is important to support this natural propensity towards and joy of learning in children and teenagers. If learning is to prepare the young generation for real life, this attitude seems the most suitable. We try to integrate all these aspects into the teaching and learning process.

An inseparable part of learning is feedback, i.e. the principle of acknowledging the results achieved and receiving regular stimulation and motivation in the form of progress tests and their assessment.

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