Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

Featured · 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

Three reasons why I shouldn’t be giving this plenary – Innovate ELT talk

Last week’s Innovate ELT conference came, for me, at a time when I’ve been feeling quite out of touch. Regular readers might have noticed the lack of blogging this year, … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 16 Comments

Archetypes of ELT – 2016

I won’t be at IATEFL in Birmingham this year, but I think I can guess who will be … To my surprise, there are two new entries. They’ve both always … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 9 Comments

New Reader – Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It feels like ages since I’ve been able to say “I have a new book out.” Actually,  ELT-wise, it’s been about 14 months but this book, Rain, Rain, Go Away! out with … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 4 Comments