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

Featured · 13 Comments

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 · 18 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 · 4 Comments

The A-Z of Summer School, Part II

For A-K go here I Induction Like trying to cram infinity inside a toothpaste tube, no Summer School induction will ever fit everything in. Keeping people’s attention for a whole … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The A-Z of Summer School, Part I

A Agents About three quarters of Summer School bookings come through agents. There’d be no way to survive without them so paying the commission is unavoidable. They’re more likely not … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Breaking down: Part II

The people behind Breaking News English are busy — busy making templates, that is, for no less than nine sites. While Breaking News English might not be all bad, they’ve … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Breaking down Breaking News English

I’ve managed to  pretend not to notice the lingering taste produced by Breaking News English ever since I came across it. It’s been an effort and the strain has finally … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 9 Comments

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