Teachers and translators talking together

Design credit: Václav Pinkava It is my great honour to introduce translator  Melvyn Clarke on Angels and Lions. Melvyn is one of the few people to have mastered the Czech language to the point of translating novels into English. His translations include the ever-popular Hrdý Budžes, while the sequel is due out in his English …

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How to “Cook” Home-Made Worksheets

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” -- Julia Child I have been going on about home-made worksheets for so long here and there that I suppose it is about time to share with you how I do it. Firstly, what do I mean when I say "home-made"? It …

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Dialogue Procedure in Beginners’ Classes

Today a friend/colleague asked me if we could go over her lesson plan before her observed class. As we did, I realised I use different techniques for teaching dialogues than she does and thought they might be worth sharing. Also, following the hoo-ha of my two latest posts, I’m writing a humble, practical text to …

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Course Admin for Freelancers – updated

I am a freelance teacher. I work for language schools (aka agencies), universities, companies and private clients. Over the years I have come to realize that a large part of my success as a teacher is down to being organized and I have developed several course administration strategies which I’d like to share with you. …

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TBLT Czech Lessons – Tak 5: Giving Directions – Part 2

In this post I will explain the procedure of teaching the adverbials of location and giving directions as indicated in my previous post. Each time I teach location, in whatever language I happen to be teaching, I use LEGO bricks. It may not be particularly original, but it’s the most effective method I know of. …

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TBLT Czech Lessons – Task 5: Giving Directions. Part 1 – Language Introduction

Our next task resulted from our needs analysis. However, I was facing some very difficult choices. Before I tell you how the task went, let me explain a little the problems Czech learners encounter when learning how to tell where things are. 1. The underlying principle when you’re speaking in Czech about the position and …

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