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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Why couldn’t ELT have come up with Peppa Pig?

The ELT publishing industry spends millions trying to make millions. For some products, English Grammar in Use, English File, Headway for example, they succeed. But would the publishers make more … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 6 Comments

Do a TEFL course or not bother?

I’ve seen this argument come up a few times in various places over the last few weeks, mostly in the Facebook teaching groups I joined when I was promoting the … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 25 Comments

Another anti-grammar poetry rant

Is your past perfect? Is your present continuous? Will your future be simple? Was your past continuous haunting you? Then I wish you a continuous present. Will your future be … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Reverse Reading – a quick approach to prepping Conversation classes

Q: When is a conversation lesson not a conversation lesson? A: When it’s actually a reading lesson with some discussion questions tacked on for the last ten minutes. **A common … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

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 · 11 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
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