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 perks and challenges of online teaching

I’ve never planned to dabble in online teaching but here I am – teaching online full-time. There’s no need for me to explain why. Or maybe, in case you are reading this in ten years’ time and you are lucky … Continue reading

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Moving on …

Time flies and we grow professionally without really noticing the progress. But if you stop for a while and take a deep breath, you realize that you are not the person you used to be a few months ago … … Continue reading

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A review of an ELT stand-up comedy

If you asked me about my favourite workshop/presentation/plenary/keynote I’ve recently been to, I’d probably say that something that really struck a chord with me was the talk given by Péter Medgyes at the 25th P.A.R.K. Conference in Brno. There were … Continue reading

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On strike today

Today, many teachers here in the Czech Republic are on strike. Teacher unions have been threatening with a strike for some time now because the government failed to keep its promise to raise teachers’ wages by 15 per cent as … Continue reading

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Vocabulary testing – the pros and cons

Paul Nation argues that deliberately teaching vocabulary is one of the least efficient ways of developing learners’ vocabulary knowledge because only a few words and a small part of what is required to know a word can be dealt with at any … Continue reading

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Nothing is arbitrary, so what?

I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who strongly believes that nothing in life is really arbitrary.  If nothing in life is arbitrary, then nothing concerning language is either. However, when a student asks me why … Continue reading

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Grammar or lexis? A wedding cake metaphor

In her latest post, Zhenya Polosatova presents a bunch of very interesting questions from all walks of our profession. Here are two examples which immediately captured my attention: Which mistakes are more likely to lead to misunderstanding – grammatical or … Continue reading

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