Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

The Archetypes of ELT

If you’re heading to IATEFL this year, as well as the conference programme and invitations to social events, you’ll need a guide to Who’s Who. If I’ve missed offending anyone, … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 6 Comments

“Sod off, Reported Speech!” she exclaimed.

I’ve spent the past two weeks in turns delighting and dismaying my FCE students with Reported Speech. God, I loathe Reported Speech. It’s everything I hate about everything all backshifted … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 19 Comments

What if publishers online dated…?

My self summary Times have been tough recently and I’ve had to adapt. I might be all cold and ruthless now but you remember those treasured childhood books you read … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Semi-colonic Irrigation

It’s been a while since I’ve raged about punctuation.  But there’s one insidiously creeping piece of it that needs purging at hashtag inducing levels. It’s time to flush it out, … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

Why Knewton need to Adapt

The debate about Adaptive Learning rages on after Knewton’s five posts on ELT Jam. People are feeling threatened – their livelihoods and everything they believe in seem to be under … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

Adaptive Learning – It’s US who need to adapt

Until yesterday I’d never read any of the stuff about Adaptive Learning and skipped the odd session on it when picking TESOL Spain talks to go to. Much as I … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Cult of Celebrity in ELT – revisited

It’s not difficult to be controversial in ELT and, about a year ago, I seemed to generate some with a post questioning the major publishers’ fondness for the big names … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 4 Comments