Another Handful of Handy Handout Tips

I’ve recently started using some cool hand-out strategies that I’d like to share with my regular readers. As you know I wrote another post on worksheets which was fairly popular and I guess everyone likes useful tips so here’s a quick post. How to save paper I am at a risk of making a fool …

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What’s the Question?

Can you hear the silence? Do your learners ask you questions in class when they want to know something? They do, really? Until recently I thought mine certainly did. But last week a student confessed after class, in Czech, that at the start of the lesson she’d wanted to ask me about the health of …

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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, Onegin Was a Rusky, was published at …

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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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