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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Baby went to IATEFL

It’s hard to say which factor absents you from participating fully in a conference more — going with a one-month old baby or giving a talk on the last night … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Archetypes of ELT – 2015

With IATEFL almost upon us, it’s nice to know that, like the conference line-up itself, nothing much changes in ELT. With two new additions for 2015, here’s the update on the archetypes … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

Baby goes to IATEFL 2015, part I

I’ve been off the blog for a few months much as I feared in the New Year. That post’s empty promises to myself were driven by the doubt I’d still be … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 23 Comments

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 full TEFL or an online version and whether they really need … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 20 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, nor made enough effort. I have a hard … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 8 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

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