Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

I’m venturing into self-publishing …

Well, this feels highly exposing. But, now I think of it, so did having books published by a publisher. The moment a book is ‘out there’ and judgeable, if it’s one you … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Why you shouldn’t be better than average

Despite what people may tell their children, it’s not true that your best is good enough. In fact, it’s too good. By a long chalk. What you should be aiming … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing a novel in your second language

Rebecca Strong, not her real name, is in hiding from the Russian President after writing her novel Who is Mr Plutin? She’s managed to combine Russian spy thriller with chick … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Centre Director Scenarios – Questions

Another management training aid aimed at summer schools based on inductions I used to give as Academic consultant at Bede’s where I spent 5 summers in the role of Centre … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Academic Manager Scenarios – Questions

Not all summer schools offer a decent induction — even for managers. Especially for managers in some cases. Being a DOS or Academic Manager at a summer school presents probably … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Manager Scenarios – Behind the scenes

I know I went and wrote a Serious and Professional management training post but some of the questions reminded me of the actual time the scenario happened and it’s too … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Summer [school] is here!

Well, not for me for the first time in six years. I might have managed a fair bit since having a baby — speaking at IATEFL and getting called fame-hungry … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The future of Graded Readers

I’ve come to realise that when I think of Graded Readers I’ve personified them. And the character is that of an overlooked child, quietly sitting at the back of the … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 4 Comments

Is there discourse against women in ELT?

At this year’s IATEFL, Russ Mayne and I gave a talk called “Where are the women in ELT?”. It was attended by about 50 people, crammed into a 40 seater … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 25 Comments

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 · 6 Comments
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