The second time around

img-20181011-wa0000I’m happy to announce that I have been asked to present at a conference (as you may already know from my Facebook post). I don’t know how this is usually done, i.e. whether people take the initiative and send a proposal or just wait to be addressed. The truth is that I would never have the courage. In some areas of my life, I simply prefer to wait for things to happen. So, I’m grateful someone has been more proactive than me. 🙂

My workshop will be about blogging and the topic was suggested to me. I immediately liked the idea because blogging is something I know a lot about. This is not to say I’m some kind of blogging expert but I just do it a lot. Anyway, I hope that since this will be the second time around it will be a bit easier.

I’ve started working on the draft and I’m enjoying it. That’s a good sign. I’d like the talk to be interactive as I believe people at conferences like to be engaged and I’m not into long monologues myself. Also, I don’t want it to be too me-centred.

Although I’m truly enjoying the process, I realize the topic is actually a bit tricky. The thing is that I don’t expect many people, i.e conference attendees, to have extensive experience in blogging. I suppose that if I come across and bloggers at all, they will be in a minority. I mean, people certainly read blogs but I’m not convinced they are keen on hearing all the details from behind the scenes of blogging.

Well, my intention is not to spoil the story by writing up this post. I just wish to sort out my ideas and maybe I’m hoping to hear some feedback and advice from you, readers (and bloggers combined with conference presenters).

Here are some of the questions I’d like to address in my workshop:

  1. What is a blog?
  2. What does the etymology dictionary say?
  3. What blogs (educational or other) do you read? What topics do you read about?
  4. Why do people read ELT blogs? Isn’t the Teacher’s Book enough? 🙂
  5. Have you ever kept a diary? Why (not)?
  6. Why should you never start a bog (in English or your mother tongue)?
  7. Do you know any Czech teachers of English who blog?
  8. Why should you start your own blog (if we discard all the cons)? 🙂
  9. How did I start my blog then?
  10. Examples of blogs and posts that might be useful for a Czech teacher
  11. Where to start a blog?
  12. What about your students and blogging?
  13. Time for a little experiment …

I’ve recently learned how to use, which I’d like to use to find out about my audience’s teaching background and context. This will hopefully be much quicker and more effective than asking everybody to introduce themselves one by one.

So, wish me good luck. 🙂






About Hana Tichá

I'm an EFL teacher based in the Czech Republic. I've been teaching English to learners of all ages for almost 25 years and I still love my job. You can find out more about my passion here on my blog.
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10 Responses to The second time around

  1. Congratulations, Hana! And good luck. 🙂
    One thing I love about ELT blogging is that a blog is not just a blog. A blog is a community. And whether you write or comment or only read, you’re part of a discourse community who all learn from one another and help each other grow. And I think that’s pretty cool. 🙂

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  2. That’s a pretty comprehensive list and I hope your presentation goes well. If you were looking for any additional ideas, you could maybe also mention how blogging can help you to become a better teacher. I primarily write for my audience, but I think if you reflect on what you do in class or how you fix problems, it helps you to see what’s good and what can be improved as well. I’ve picked up so many tips and ideas from other teachers who write blogs!

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  3. Sandy Millin says:

    Looking forward to hearing how it goes! 🙂 (And maybe for the third one you should put yourself forward – your first presentation was fantastic, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t!)

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  4. ven_vve says:

    Hi Hana,

    I’m sure your workshop will be great. I like the topics you’re planning to address. Re Socrative, I’ve only used it for tasks where (groups of) students were competing – although this is definitely not to say I know all about it – so it occurred to me that might possibly be more what you’re looking for, if your main purpose is to find out more about your audience. Just a suggestion. I’ve seen it used very effectively this way in a couple of talks recently.

    Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it went!

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  5. I had to blog for one of my grad classes. I was probably the most active member. Though I felt a bit intimidated to speak in class, I really liked to type for that class when the topic moved me.

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  6. Clare says:

    This sounds like a great talk! I’d definitely say that people thinking of starting a blog should first spend some time (like a month or so, not just an evening!) reading other blogs in their area of expertise/interest. And engaging with other people’s blogs shouldn’t be forgotten – whether you have your own blog or not. It’s all too easy to just publish a flood of blog posts that get left unread floating around in cyberspace, but I find that the benefits really come from the enagement and building of a network and community.
    Hope the talk goes/went well! Maybe you can blog about it 😉

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