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 more than 20 years. I love metaphors and inspiring discussions concerning teaching, learning and linguistics.

To cheat or not to cheat

Cheating is something we teachers don’t like to see. And if we’re lucky, it doesn’t happen. But, is it a question of luck or bad luck? Well, I’m convinced that cheating happens only if it is allowed or encouraged. Who would … Continue reading

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Speaking intermezzos

I discovered a new way of approaching reading activities by breaking longer texts down into shorter units and intertwining speaking into reading. In previous lessons, my 17-year-olds had discussed gender inequality, which, I think, is not an exactly light topic … Continue reading

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SWOT Analysis

  I’ve recently been asked to do a SWOT analysis as part of the action plan our school is currently working on. As such analyses are usually conducted in the field of business, I was a little confused as to … Continue reading

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Form vs. meaning

I’ve recently caught myself doing something very strange while teaching; throughout the lesson, in my mind’s eye, I check if the activity we are doing is predominantly focused on meaning or is more towards the grammar end of the spectrum. In other … Continue reading

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Teaching by principles

With some extra time on my hands, I’ve been re-reading a publication I once needed for my MA studies called Teaching by Principles by Douglas Brown (3rd edition), which, as the blurb states, offers a comprehensive survey of practical language … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Successful Language Instruction

Throughout 2016, I’ve read a lot about how much the current ELT practice flies in the face of SLA research findings. I usually dismiss these assumptions straight away – probably because personally, I’ve never felt too guilty as an ELT … Continue reading

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An excerpt from a new (revolutionary) coursebook

Unit 1  – Meeting people At the café Hana Tichá, a non-native teacher of English, enters the room merrily: “Hi, everybody! How are you?” Mike Cattlin, a slightly older northern Brit (according to his own words), greets Hana enthusiastically, waving his hand: … Continue reading

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