Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Pronounciation – This evil must stop!

Mispronouncers, I denounce you! Especially if you’re teachers of English, going into class, irony of ironies, teaching pronounciation. Not only should you renounce your teaching certificate, you should possibly be … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · 15 Comments

The Tomorrow Mirror – Extra Ideas for Class

Happy Book Day to me, Happy Book Day to me. Happy Book Day, dear Readers, Happy Book Day to us. Forgive me a little nauseous celebration. It’s the first time … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

Using Graded Readers in Class – Activity Ideas

Graded Readers are a hugely underused resource. Teachers often faced with reluctant, time pressed readers don’t always know what to do with them. Students often see reading almost as a … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · 12 Comments

When the office bore is the bore in your class

The more I observe and interact with students in a classroom environment the more I am struck by this revelation: They’re not only students, they’re people. And as such, this … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 16 Comments

Social Research project

My little foray into fomenting social change has got me thinking. Firstly, that I’m not the apathetic, socially unaware, solely grammar focussed floater I’d always assumed. Secondly, that speaking up … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

The unhealthy Men’s Health guide to getting more oral sex

If Men’s Health Magazine can present as fact, supported by science of course, that a man who suspects his partner of cheating performs more oral sex, they’re providing women with … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 11 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

February 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Grammar – prescribe, proscribe or innovate?

Grammar – an ever evolving thing for which the rules no longer apply. We’re free to innovate and all those fusty old rules are for people who think in black … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 4 Comments