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My major confidence boosters

I’ve recently been thinking about the importance of confidence for one’s well-being, especially in relation to one’s professional life. The definition of confidence is the quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future. I’d say that feeling confident means being in harmony. It … Continue reading

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Should your boss know what you do outside your working hours?

The other day I received a complimentary copy of the ETAS magazine, where my article was published in the Summer 2018 Special Supplement. I’ve had a couple of my articles published elsewhere but this was the first time I’d received … Continue reading

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Telepathy or lexical priming?

Some may say that I like finishing other people’s sentences. I’m aware of the fact that outside the classroom, it may get on people’s nerves and I definitely try to avoid this habit when talking to friends or Czech people in … Continue reading

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When there’s almost no sand left

Each school year works like an hourglass. When there’s no sand left, there’s no sand left. If you want to go on, you need to turn it over. This metaphorical sand obviously stands for time, i.e. 10 months here in … Continue reading

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Translation – enough or not enough of it in the L2 classroom?

Teaching students with whom I share the same L1 (Czech) has some advantages, the biggest of which is the fact that we can engage in L1>L2 and L2>L1 translation. Although translation may still connote the old Grammar Translation Method, I feel … Continue reading

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How much better?

Whenever I feel like scolding my students for something trivial they’ve done, I always remind myself that I’m probably looking at a future Nobel Prize winner or a well-known writer. I imagine that each of those naughty little creatures is … Continue reading

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Gossip and fake news

This is a quick post to share an activity I did with a couple of classes last week. It is useful if you have some of the following objectives: Your learners can re-tell a simple or familiar story using their … Continue reading

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