Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head

Award Winning Writer

That’s how I’ll be signing off every email, Tweet, Facebook status update and autograph from now on. Nicola Prentis, Award Winning Writer Ah wait, no… Nicola Prentis, Award Winning Writer … Continue reading

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Normalising normal life in EFL materials

When I was writing my Speaking Skills book, I had the standard list of things not to include. No opposite sex co-habiting, no shopping for shorts or miniskirts, avoid dogs. … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 8 Comments

What kind of ELT approach are you?

People do love a good bit of quiz nonsense. Here’s something I put together while procrastinating so you can do something other than you should be doing right now. Haven’t … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

New lesson plan site

Summer in England, especially Bank Holiday Mondays, can be bleak. There wasn’t much blogging to be done and the withdrawal or the rain on August Bank Holiday made me start … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A quick survey about ELT

Can I have five minutes of your time for a quick survey about ELT? If you don’t need further persuasion, it’s here. If you want to know a little more, … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cliché – The Teacher’s Friend

As a writer I try to avoid cliché wherever possible, to the point of paranoia. But, in planning a creative writing workshop*, I realised that, from the perspective of a … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Summer Schools Get Wrong

Summer School is an immense undertaking. An entire functioning school, which usually has to be up and running in 24 hours, that combines Academic, Activities and Residential programs, often run … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Content Creator vs Writer

My friend’s dad gave her some advice once that I took to heart. What your job is called matters more than what your job is. I always agreed so what … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Between Edtech and ELT: Part III

Nick Robinson’s second half of his post explaining his take on some ELT buzzwords is so good it took him about two months to hand in. I am sure it … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 19 Comments

The A-Z of Summer School, Part III

A-H     I-Q R Returners A site that opened without a single Returner would be quite the shiver and nightmare maker. When I first did Centre Director I relied heavily on … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 5 Comments
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