Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

How to Teach First Certificate

The first time I taught an exam class was PET, with a group of students who were only really ready for KET (not that I knew anything about either exam … Continue reading

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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

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The lineup – a flash fiction lesson

This story was published on a site called f*ckfiction a few years ago. I realised the site no longer exists and, with it, my byline. I can’t be bothered to … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

How to really annoy people with your punctuation

A project manager wading through badly written reports at a major multinational nearly asphyxiated in a paragraph without commas this week. It’s time this reckless and dangerous misuse of linguistic … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016: A year in the red (and occasionally green)

I am a bit late with a reflective type post, mostly because this sort of thing starts to feel a bit self-indulgent. But I realised I wanted some data to … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 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