Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Follow up to The Cult of Celebrity in ELT

I’m a bit afraid to write this post. But not quite as afraid as I am to leave the house now Lent is over. Out There is chocolate, sweets, cake, … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ten Questions to Ask Before You Write a Sample by Mike S. Boyle

Mike has been kind enough to rework some extremely insightful comments he made on my recent blog post, tongue in cheek titled The Cult of Celebrity in ELT. Some of … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 6 Comments

The cult of celebrity in ELT

As a writer, and a newish one, I’ve been turned down a lot. I expect to be turned down a lot more. In fact, far more than I expect to … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 57 Comments

De-pirouetting after TESOL Spain – Sunday

I have to admit I didn’t go to the first session. I had done the whole day Saturday and you know that bit where I said I was inspired and … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

Fiona Mauchline – Using pictures in class

I am in awe of Fiona Mauchline. Her lessons must be amazing and the thing is that as she’s Dogme practitioner, her stuff is easily, no prep replicable. Here are … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

De-pirouetting after TESOL Spain – Saturday

Bright and early for Shawn Redwood‘s meaningful conversation from songs workshop. Shawn had been in the Annie McDonald talk and, by the way he made contributions to that, I had … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

ELT Celebrity Encounters – Scott Thornbury

I said I was going to stalk these Big Names of ELT at conferences with a view to sniffing out stories. Well, Scott Thornbury was my first at TESOL Spain … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

De-pirouetting after the TESOL Spain Conference – Friday

I admire people that can go to a conference and then reflect on it afterwards. I imagine that they sit, serenely, and do something gentle with their thoughts as if … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 12 Comments

Inferring from context – agreeing with @EBEFL

I was interested in @EBEFL’s post on guessing meaning from context being a load of old XXXXX. Or the teaching of it at any rate. I’ve often been frustrated by … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 1 Comment