Office English 8 – Members of the EP, Ungulates, and Other Translation Hurdles

This module had two main aims -  firstly, to help students learn how to edit their own written texts, and secondly, to try a bit of Czech to English translation. Over the Office English course, I have collected quite a few written assignments submitted by the students and decided to run a lesson on editing. …

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Office English 7 – Contracts

It’s been a long day today as I found myself running between the Czech examination room (an important day for my Czech students), the Office English course and marking, so I’ll try to keep this short. The idea for today’s module came from one of the students, who said he often needed to explain the …

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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 is due out in his English …

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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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