Teaching English in Poland

6 traits you need to teach English in Poland

Working as an English teacher in Poland is a popular job for native English-speaking expats looking to earn some easy cash. But it’s not for everyone. And it’s not as easy as just being able to speak. In addition to knowing how to instil knowledge in others, teaching English in Poland about people skills and deep understanding of the language. A little dose of eccentricity doesn’t hurt either. Think you got what it takes? Read on to find out.

Below I’ve listed the 6 traits I think are most important if you want to teach English in Poland:


Teaching English in Poland, you’re going to be meeting with people who are quite different from you and from each other, and it can be hard to accept/manage. But that’s what makes the job amazing! Each lesson is also a chance for you to learn something new, not just your students. 


You’re the teacher, but as you’re probably teaching mostly adults, you’re more of a friend than a traditional English teacher. You need to be able to relate to people, understand them, and have deep conversations (some people will use the time as a therapy session. It’s cheaper!) Some of your students will become your friends, and you’ll certainly talk to them more than your family/friends. 

A sense of humour

You’re not only a teacher, you’re an entertainer. People want to have fun in their lessons, not be put to sleep. Don’t be afraid to be yourself (and if you’re not funny at all you might wanna think of a different career path) and be a little “out there”. Your students will appreciate it. Plus, Poles have a great sense of humor. Harness it! 


Like I said before, teaching English in Poland, you’re going to be meeting all kinds of people/groups and you never know what the dynamic is going to be like. Maybe they’ll be open, maybe not. Maybe they’ll only want to talk about PRL, old movies, and windsurfing – three things you know nothing about! (I had a student like that for 3 years!). Whatever the case may be, you gotta be ready to adapt to it because, if not, it’s gonna be awkward! 

The ability to make shit up on the spot

Is there a word for that? If not, there should be! Maybe “a good bullshitter?” For real – this is useful. Not only are you going to be talking for hours and hours about all kinds of things, sometimes you need to pull a topic or a lesson out of your ass, so to speak. Although you should always be prepared, you never know what turn the lesson will take. 


As an English teacher in Poland, you have the unique opportunity to not only teach, but learn from your students in turn. These people will be interested in all kinds of various topics, hobbies, professions, you name it. So deep curiosity in people and their lives will really come in handy. I’d also add that knowing a little bit about a lot of things goes a long way, as well as having opinions on a variety of topics. You have to be prepared for anything!

Are you an English teacher in Poland? Perhaps there are other traits you think are missing from this post? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply KW 22 February 2020 at 08:31

    Great list! I thought I’d add two more traits…

    The first is thick skin! When you work with people, often times it is unpredictable what they may ask or say, therefore you need thick skin in order not to feel hurt or offended when someone says something that catches you off-guard or is perceived as rude. Teaching is very similar to customer service and those skills you may have learned from another job will definitely come in handy to protect your mentality as you work with the public. Sometimes people hurt others because they’re hurting, or they’re just having a bad day, and unfortunately there are times when you will be the receiving end of their angst. Just remember it’s nothing personal and try to see it from another perspective.

    Secondly, patience is incredibly important as sometimes you may try to help someone and they don’t listen, or perhaps their point of view is vastly different than yours or even as simple as internet connection has issues being stable that day… It’s important to stay cool and have an abundance of patience so you don’t overwhelm your student. The more patience you have, the more comfortable they feel which means the more they will speak.

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 27 February 2020 at 11:28

      Yes!! Very good points from a very experienced and wise teacher 🙂

  • Reply Myles McNally 14 May 2020 at 10:57

    Wow! I love this post. I’ve just stumbled across your blog by googling “whats it like to teach English in Poland” and its really put my nerves to rest.

    I’ve completed my 120 hr TEFL course and I’m coming out in September (hopefully) to work with English Wizards teaching business English.

    My main concern about moving to Poland was if I have the right attitude and how I could come across to others. I’ve spent years managing bars in Cardiff and Bristol, so i’m a very over the top person who is very excitable (probably comes from years of long hours and forced self motivation)

    Reading about someone who’s working out there saying that having a sense of humour and being “a good bullshitter” is quite comforting to read. I had it in my head that I will probably have to fake it to make it at the beginning of my teaching career in Poland. So reading about the 6 traits to teach English has been quite helpful in getting my head around the atmosphere of teaching English in Poland.

    I’m gonna explore you blog a bit more but its been a great read 🙂

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 15 May 2020 at 13:37

      Hey Myles!
      Thanks a lot for your feedback 🙂 I’m glad you feel at ease now. Teaching English in Poland is a great experience. For sure you just need a short while to get used to it, but it sounds like you’ve got the personality for it. You can always pick up the necessary skills along the way. If you need any additional work, please let me know 🙂

  • Reply Jeny 19 June 2020 at 17:17

    This is such a great post! I am currently working on completing my 120-hr TEFL and would love to teach in Poland. It was nice to read about your thoughts, suggestions, and perspectives on what it’s like to teach there. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 22 June 2020 at 21:36

      Hey Jenny! If you need anything else, please let me know 🙂 And good luck! Poland is a fantastic place to teach English.

  • Reply Violet 13 July 2020 at 01:34

    Hello, just wondering what an interview would be like for a position like this. Would I need to demonstrate teaching skills?

    • Reply Leah Morawiec 16 July 2020 at 14:22

      Honestly, I don’t think so. I think most schools are so happy to have a native that it’s not necessary, but it’s a good idea to show you know something about the language other than just that you speak it.

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