Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Commissioning Editor vs Sample

I was recently invited to pitch to a major ELT publisher for a Teacher’s Resource Book to go with their new Adult coursebooks.  Simple brief – a truly communicative activity … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 12 Comments

How can you teach Creativity?

A complaint I often have and often hear is that students lack creativity. The solution I have heard myself and others offer to this is to simply tell students to … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 20 Comments

Do men use echoing to show interest?

I’ve just finished writing a Speaking Skills book for Harper Collins English for Life series – A self study book at B2+ level to complement the existing two lower levels … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 3 Comments

Pronunciation and A relaxing cup of cafe con leche

Spain and maybe the rest of the world have probably finished laughing at the Mayor of Madrid’s Olympic proposal speech on Saturday by now. I didn’t find it as funny … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 5 Comments


Geographically speaking I live in Spain. And in that vein I’ve lived in Prague, Bangkok, Turkey and Qatar, very briefly Tokyo and existed for a year in Germany. But in … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

What I’ve learnt from being edited

When I first started writing for publication with Time Out Istanbul (I suppose I’ve been writing something or other since childhood**) I was completely self edited. The Editor saw editing … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment