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 · 5 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

Queen Arthur

Question: In how many countries do you think this title would hinder sales in the EFL market? Too many to get it commissioned as a Graded Reader, unfortunately. OK, so … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

2015 in review

I wasn’t planning to write a review of the year since I’ve not blogged as much, which was to be expected. I foresaw it at the end of last year even … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reverse Reading changes names

It seems very grand to say I am rebranding but Reverse Reading is no more. I realised the name is misleading as it suggests the focus is on reading when … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Equal Pay Day (It’s a hashtag)

One of those times my old foe, the hashtag, is useful is showing trending events. Thanks to the #EqualPayDay hashtag I now know this is the day of the year when women … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 1 Comment