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Since our school has opened its door for the foreign students, mainly from Turkey, it was necessary for us to gain some knowledge about their culture. From the occasion of the CCC Day held in our school, along with other clubs we organized “Turkish Day”, devoted to exchanging stories and views about both cultures. Technical problems at the beginning were not an obstacle at all, so we started with the consumption of traditional dishes from our guests cuisine as well as from our own. Friendly atmosphere and interesting multicultural chats let the student from the two countries socialize and share the views about our country. After delicious snacks a presentation “Polish Culture” was presented by Michał Mostowski from the movie club and our club’s treasurer, Maciej Katzban. It consisted of couple of stories about Polish history, customs, and dishes and places which we encouraged foreign guests to try and visit. Asked some questions after presentation, our guests had no problems with answering them, which proved their politeness and interests about our culture. After that, a video about Turkey was displayed for us. We could see the most beautiful places there, like monuments so different from ours. Along with the comments of our guests, the video showed us how fascinating their culture is. We were told about their history, interesting customs and a typical Turkish mentality. It was very helpful with understanding our guests and helping them to feel like at home here.
Our freshly gained knowledge could be used during the talk, which allowed everybody to ask about the issues which they were interested in. Even during subject more serious, like religion, atmosphere was friendly and urging to ask. It was a great end for our multicultural day, which socialized students from both nationalities and let us know each other. 


Thanks to the kindness of Mr Lyn Atterbury, on 15.11.2012 (Thursday) BCC members could watch a movie entitled „Kes”. The film portrays the reality of the 1960’ Britain and captures the difficulties of growing up in an environment completely not conducive for learning and self-development that students struggled with. The plot is set in a northern part of England which incidentally shows how Yorkshire dialect differs from Standard English and Received Pronunciation.

Movie description can be found here:

Below you can watch an official trailer.


The third international seminar Culture-Communication-Creativity hosted at Stanisław Staszic Higher Vocational School on the 22-23 October 2012 attracted many distinguished guests from around Europe. From the perspective of the British Culture Club members one of the most important lectures it featured was The tabloidization of newspaper discourse by prof. dr Alan Floyd, representing the University of La Corunna. .The lecture drew our attention since it focused specifically on the British press and its division into more ambitious quality press (titles such as The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph) and rather trivial tabloids (for instance, The Sun, The Daily Express) presenting information in a condensed form. Prof. Floyd argued that the quality press underwent a transition called tabloidization, which is a process of adopting the distinctive features previously exclusive for tabloids. Though the whole process cannot be denied, the difference between the quality press and tabloids is still tangible. The features characteristic of tabloids and later incorporated to a certain degree by the quality press include: abundance of colourful pictures often intruding on one another or the newspaper’s name; use of short, catchy slogans (so-called soundbites) as headlines; use of lexical puns; use of ambiguous sentence structures and deployment of relatively insignificant but highlighted information at the front page. To show what it looks like in practice, prof. Floyd provided the audience with a set of selected pictures (newspapers’ covers) exhibiting the foregoing qualities. Another interesting point prof. Floyd elaborated on was the press’ ability to set an agenda for discussions. Not only does the press influence the readers’ views in a direct way, but it also determines what should be discussed by inflating certain topics and overshadowing other. Contemporary quality press tends to devote more space to sport events and celebrities than it used to in the past.

Though quite short, prof. Floyd’s lecture was assuredly very informative and captivating. The information we received may be useful for those of us who are interested in British culture or the study of language.





"Eskimos, Icebergs and a journey of self discovery"

On the 25th of May we were honoured by the attendance of Lyn Atterbury who shared his experiences and feelings on the journey to the most remote and inhospitable parts of Canada. As a young student looking for adventure, he reached the most remote village, where he fulfilled his dreams and discovered himself. Spending a few harsh summers in inconceivable for the average man conditions, where the temperature falls below -50 degrees Celsius, he learnt a lot and met amazing people. Describing the struggle with the heavy frost and weaknesses like depression, loneliness and alcoholism of local habitants whom he lived with in the village, telling about the most horrifying moments like getting lost in the middle of the nowhere and being unable to find the way back, as well as showing pictures taken at that time, our guest gave us an extremely noteworthy presentation, with a vein of humour. Mr Atterbury also presented Eskimos living in the village and tremendous hard living conditions. Thus, we had a chance to find out something new about people and location which some of us even didn’t realize to exist! And again, we are looking forward to another meeting! 


On 23rd May we set out on a two day trip to Gdańsk to attain what we consider one of our most important goals – to collect valuable resources for our BA theses. The trip was organized in a joint effort by the numerous academic circles from the Department of Philology and was financed from their budgets – no financial contribution was expected from individual participants. Being the members of the British Culture Club, our primary aim was to find a British Council Library what we actually did without any problems. The hostel that we spent the night in was situated not far away from our destination. When we got there, it turned out that the library was holding a meeting with high school students, aimed at popularizing British heritage. Fortunately, our presence did not disturb the movie presentation and we were allowed to search through the abundance of books for the information that would fit our needs. Every one of us found something useful. The British Council Library is a place definitely worth visiting while preparing for BA thesis. We wish we had a library like that in Piła! In the future, we plan visiting libraries in Poznań and, perhaps, in Berlin. 



Children who already want to be students, recently had an occasion to try how it is! On 20th April, Stanisław Staszic State School of Higher Education hosted Little Student Academy, whose members participated in Egg Hunt, prepared by III year students of English philology (under dr Szczepaniak-Kozak's supervision) with significant help of British Culture Club. Students-to-be started with some sport competitions so as to warm up and get prepared for gaining knowledge. After that, they were learning about tradition of Easter in England, and new vocabulary concerning that occasion. Little students showed a great spirit and eagerness towards studying and discovering new facts from different countries. The best feedback of the event were smiles on children faces, which were beaming during final treat. Then every participant was given a participation diploma and, of course, a                                                                       signature to his index.





On 12th April we were honoured with the visit of a diplomat from the American embassy – Mr Stanley R. Manes. Our academic community had a chance to participate in a lecture concerning the role of the USA in spreading democracy around the world. Students of English philology and political science accounted for the majority of the audience. The lecture was being translated by Mrs Edyta Krajewska. Our guest explained, among other things, the concept of D.I.M.E. which is a set of methods Americans apply in order to promote democracy and to sustain stability in volatile countries. The lecture also covered more controversial topics, such as missions in Iraq or Afghanistan – everybody was free to ask a question. After the lecture Mr Manes took part in an appointment with the students belonging to the academic circles (British Culture Club “Britophile” and The Society of American Literature Study and Appreciation) in a little bit more informal atmosphere, with cookies and teas. Every student could exchange at least a few words with the Guest and ask a question, not necessarily connected with promoting democracy. 



We had the pleasure to host a meeting with Mr Lyn Atterbury. As announced, it took place in the "D" building at PWSZ in Piła at 10 a.m.

Our guest has been living in Poland for nearly 14 years so he has had a chance to experience cultural differences between England and our country himself which sometimes led to quite amusing situations. And that was the topic he began his speech with. We were told how unexpected it is to see a carp in a bath when you have no idea where it came from and what purpose it serves. We also learnt what the "bribe" was that customs officials were particularly keen on under the communist regime. The stories appealed to the public who responded with spontaneous cheers. Then our guest proceeded to a little more serious topic, focusing on the roles the Church of England and the Catholic Church play in England and Poland, respectively. We found out that the rigid structure of the Catholic Church's teaching is much more cohesive than the flexible nature of the Church of England. The former, thus, holds the nation together while the latter may be a factor strengthening individualism and desire to be different and original among English people. Aside from individualism, it is an approach to independence that makes us different. Mr Atterbury explained us how the geographical location may influence a sense of safety and independence and how it may shape national attitudes to institutions such as the European Union. Towards the end of the lecture, he made a few remarks on the use of humour in our cultures, arguing that Englishmen are a little bit more stressed nation and need humour to diffuse the tension (that may be the reason why jokes are so common in England). The English are also more "word-oriented" comparing to Poles who are more tactile and express themselves through emotions and physical contact. The last 15 minutes were devoted to a discussion; our guest told us how he picked up Polish and tried to adapt to the completely new environment, how we are perceived in the UK and, eventually, how Polish and English teenagers differ.

Our meeting was undoubtedly successful. Every single point was exemplified with an interesting anecdote. We are looking forward to another meeting!







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