Author Archives: Hana Tichá

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.

The drama of presenting

I started this blog nearly six years ago. If somebody had told me back then that one day I might present at a conference, I would have suspected they are drunk. Today, totally sober, I can proudly claim that since … Continue reading

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Let’s be honest this time!

You know, I really, really, really love my job. But why do I absolutely adore my job while other teachers and colleagues maybe don’t? Is it because I’m an exceptionally enthusiastic person and see teaching as a calling rather than … Continue reading

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Taking shortcuts and reflective practice

When you teach kids, especially in a relatively high stakes environment, you need to be prepared that they will tend to take shortcuts sometimes. I’m not saying that kids are cheaters or lazy per se; it’s just that they are … Continue reading

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No-prep activity bank: Lost in translation?

In this post, I’d like to share an activity I’ve tried in class several times this week. It was inspired by Daryna Luhovska‘s idea I had learned about at the ILC IH Brno Conference. I’d tried a few variations of … Continue reading

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Some of the tangible outcomes of my professional development

Professional development means learning to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees to formal coursework, attending conferences, and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage. The last conference … Continue reading

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Little work left for the teacher

I still haven’t found out whether grammar is the backbone of language learning or if it is overrated. One way or the other, in my teaching context, I need to teach grammar whether I like it or not. Over the … Continue reading

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How to teach a 45-minute lesson totally unprepared

You know the situation: you have to deal with something really urgent/challenging/stressful during the break and then the bell rings and you have to go and teach a lesson. You only have enough time to grab your stuff (let’s not … Continue reading

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