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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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 · 22 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

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 · 1 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 · 9 Comments
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