Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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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 and please tell me you’re not using the “conversation” methods on the Breaking News English site) is an article hastily photocopied from The Metro (if you’re teaching in a UK city) or an article not so hastily downloaded from the internet after you wasted an hour trawling sites for something your students could read in five minutes.

But if you do that too often, without prepping any questions or vocab exercises or something to make it actually useful for the students beyond what is now essentially a reading lesson not a speaking lesson, it makes you look lazy and unprepared. When you’re not getting paid to prep you need something that saves you the most time but maximises class time.

So, I’ve put together ten of the best of my weekly Simple Speaking lessons and they’re ready to save ten (or more, since some of the lessons will easily roll over) of your conversation classes. There’s no prep whatsoever beyond photocopying the questions, but plenty of vocab input. Let’s say you usually spend 30 minutes prepping a conversation class (but it used to take me longer as I wasted ages looking for something to teach!). For 10 classes that’s five hours of work saved — minimum!

The method involves a text but, crucially, the discussion is done before the reading. You can direct the students to the link at the bottom of the questions if they want to read the article after the lesson. The full method is explained in the book.


Buy the pdf direct with PayPal for  €2.99.**
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It’s available on Amazon for $3.33 / €2.99 as an ebook straight to your device. Click on the picture below to go to but you can find it on the Amazon site in most countries by changing .com to .uk, .es, .mx etc.

Simple Speaking: 10 No-prep conversation lessons for ELT (Simple English)

**NB This is not an automatic download as I will email it to you as soon as I get the notification from PayPal. I usually check my email a lot but it might be up to 12 hours or so if I’m busy/out, so don’t worry if you don’t get an instant delivery.


11 comments on “A new book to solve your conversation class problems

  1. Kim
    June 29, 2016

    Thanks Nicola! I’ve just ordered the pdf & am looking forward to receiving it.

    • Nicola
      June 30, 2016

      Thanks and sent! Hope it’s useful!

  2. Martin Sketchley
    July 5, 2016

    Nicola. Looks like a wonderful (e)book. Let me know if you want me to review it. I would be happy to do so. You can check out my blog:

    • Nicola
      July 7, 2016

      Thanks! Have sent you a review copy 🙂

      • Martin Sketchley
        July 7, 2016

        Thanks Nicola and I’ve received it safely. I’ll get a review written in due course and will keep you posted.

  3. Laura
    October 18, 2016

    Hi Nicola, I ordered and paid for your ebook on the 10th of October but I still haven’t received anything… Could you check that? I would really like to have it. Thanks.

    • Nicola
      October 18, 2016

      Hi, I didn’t have any orders via PayPal on Oct 10. Was it this email address and I can double check the PayPal account for that specific address in case it came though on another date?

    • Nicola
      October 18, 2016

      Ah, wait! It looks like PayPal never sent me the notification as I can see it now I have logged into the account directly. Sorry about that, will send it now!

  4. Laura
    October 19, 2016

    Thank you Nicola, I have received it already 🙂

  5. creativeteacher61Mohamed
    April 9, 2017

    Hi Nicola. I’ve just ordered the book. sounds interesting.

    • Nicola
      April 10, 2017

      Great! I just sent it! Thanks and hope it’s useful (but I am pretty confident it will be 🙂 )

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