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.

When the secondary meets the primary

A fellow teacher from a primary school here in Sternberk recently put a lot of effort into organizing an activity swap shop for English teachers from the local schools, including ours. She sent out a leaflet inviting us to bring … Continue reading

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You teach them grammar until they outsmart you one day

In case you haven’t read or participated in the following Facebook conversation, I’d like you to look at the comment I posted. Apart from some really interesting replies, I got this exhaustive explanation. Yet, I wasn’t convinced. It simply hadn’t sunk in … Continue reading

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Music in word clouds

I have to confess that I’m not one of those teachers who love to work with songs in class. Although I do love music, I don’t often incorporate it into my lesson plans. I’m not sure what the reasons behind … Continue reading

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Teaching teens – the highest level in the game?

Have you ever contemplated the reasons behind the cliché that teaching teenage classes is the most challenging job? And if so, do you think it could be the lack of maturity connected with a certain degree of unpredictability and unstableness … Continue reading

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Written tests – two-way communication

You will probably agree that correcting students’ progress tests or essays is often a real pain in the neck (literally). Not only is it terribly time-consuming but it’s also extremely tedious. However, sometimes it can be quite pleasurable. I really … Continue reading

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Half a Crossword

It’s been a long time since I discovered the benefits of the Half a Crossword activity. I first came across the idea in the Teacher’s Bank of the coursebook I was using. In case you don’t know what I mean, … Continue reading

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Making a podcast – a nice speaking activity

In today’s post, I’d like to share an activity I did with my B2 students earlier today.  The task was to make an imaginary podcast on the topic of the burning issues of today’s world. It all took about 60 … Continue reading

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