Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

As Others See Us – book release

I’ve written quite a bit about the process of bringing out As Others See Us, CUP, A2 Graded Reader but it’s finally available. At long last, googling my own book … Continue reading

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An interview with the artist: Lance Tooks

I was really lucky in my experience with writing As Others See Us with CUP as they let me choose the artist. And I knew a brilliant one: Lance Tooks. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Whatever happened to that girl who didn’t do a TEFL?

I often see questions in ELT forums and Facebook groups with people asking if they should fork out for a fullĀ TEFL or an online version and whether they really need … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 18 Comments

What’s the difference between an idea, a product and a business?

“I’ve got an idea for…” As a writer, I hear this a lot. You know what? I’ve got a verruca. It’s about as useful as your idea. I expect you … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 6 Comments

2014: Another year in which I could have…

…done better. This year held a lot. For me, it’s mostly held a lot of not enoughs. I’ve not blogged enough, written enough, norĀ made enough effort. I have a hard … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

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 · 28 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

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