Who we are

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IVEGA Learning Centre – a small and specific English language school, focused on a variety of age and interest groups that have a common goal – mastering the English language, one of the primary verbal international communication tools –, and thereby raising the possibility of:

  1. further educating themselves, studying and comparing information, reading literature directly from the sources and critically evaluating the read material without a necessity to have the content further interpreted, clarified, and possibly manipulated 
  2. confidently communicating at work and travel in the English-speaking environment, and
  3. learning to tolerate different opinions, attitudes, and beliefs in  interaction and open communication with other cultures.
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Teaching English Language

IVEGA Learning Centre organises short-term and long-term off-line (face-to-face) English courses on school premises, but also provides on-line courses in the virtual environment, using a variety of communication platforms such as SKYPE, ZOOM, MICROSOFT TEAMS and others. Read more…

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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. Read more…

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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. Read more…

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September 2020

Enrollment for winter courses 2020/2021

From the 3rd to the 10th September 2020 you can meet us on working days, talk to us, test yourselves, and sign up for new courses.

We have redesigned some English courses and have a few hot tips for you!

Our new selection: 

    • General English and Professional English lessons tailor-made to suit the specific needs of our clients
    • Advanced Conversation lessons with a native English speaker to maintain clients’ language responsiveness

The public courses start on 16th September 2020.

Enrollment will take place at our language centre at 27 Letna Street, 1st floor on working days from 7th to 10th September 2020 (Monday to Thursday), in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The courses in the winter term 2020/2021 start on 16th September 2020 and finish on 29th  January 2021. The Winter/Christmas holidays at our school are planned from 21st December 2020 to 8th January 2021. 

The courses in the summer term 2020/2021 start on 1st February 2021 and finish on 25th June 2020. The Spring break is planned from 22nd to 26th February 2021 and the Easter holidays from 1st to 6th April 2021. No lessons will be provided at the school between these dates.

It is now possible for all students to test their present knowledge effectively on-line 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 meeting should be arranged in advance by phone at 0905 212 417 or by email at gtroskoo@orangemail.sk.

 

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

Our Story

The English language centre IVEGA Learning Centre was founded in 1993, initially as a story of two university teachers who wanted to break free from the obsolete education system, based on the oppressive way of exchanging information between teachers and students, without any real personal feedback and more profound sense or motivation on both sides of the educational process.

We are one of the smallest and oldest language schools in Košice. We focus exclusively on teaching the 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. We know all our students personally by name, and frequently event the whole family story. At our school, we teach adults in public courses or 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.

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, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Australia 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 essential 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 other Slovak language teachers. A native speaker can motivate them to work hard on their skills and self-presentation, and the active use of their language skills.

For the academic year 2020/2021 the following teachers will be at students’ disposal at our language centre:

Gabriela Troskóová

Mgr. Ing. Gabriela Troskóová

director

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;

Vzdelanie:

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 1987, teaching English to various age categories, ranging from children aged 8 to adults aged over 60

Georgina Williams

Georgina Williams

lector

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

Heather Dawn Zavaďák-Wyche

lector

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

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 Humanistic orientations to learning or Humanistic Approaches to Teaching). 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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