Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

How to Teach First Certificate

The first time I taught an exam class was PET, with a group of students who were only really ready for KET (not that I knew anything about either exam … Continue reading

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A new book to solve your conversation class problems

General English classes, especially intensive courses in summer, can mean having to think up a speaking topic for an hour every day. The classic solution (once Taboos and Issues is exhausted … Continue reading

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How to really annoy people with your punctuation

A project manager wading through badly written reports at a major multinational nearly asphyxiated in a paragraph without commas this week. It’s time this reckless and dangerous misuse of linguistic … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016: A year in the red (and occasionally green)

I am a bit late with a reflective type post, mostly because this sort of thing starts to feel a bit self-indulgent. But I realised I wanted some data to … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 9 Comments

Women in ELT Facebook group

So, following on from one of the points in my last post on the topic of Women in ELT, I can announce …  the Women in ELT group is up … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cutting Veg Pre-intermediate

I have a theory that course books don’t fully exploit reading texts for conversation. Often in class, at higher levels, I’d have some huge dense text that might (or might … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

What to do next about #WomeninELT Part II

So, continuing from yesterday’s post, the main issue is not, and never really has been, plenaries. They are a very visible reminder of a balance that is not quite being … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

What to do next about #WomeninELT

I have been quietly updating the male:female plenary count of ELT conferences worldwide for a year now. I tweet it each month, also fairly quietly as I don’t really use Twitter … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

TEFL AirBnB

I had an idea a year or two ago. “Who cares?” you may say — quite rightly. Ideas are pretty worthless in themselves as I’ve said before, plus no-one really … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why England should vote Remain

This week’s referendum on the EU has brought out the emotional, the proud, the sense of the shared cause in people whether they’re about to vote Leave or Remain. At … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment