Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Earn more money in ELT

Generally speaking, with few exceptions unless you wrote one of the coursebooks that appears in schools everywhere and has done since before most of us got our TEFL certificates, you’re … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · 16 Comments

Are periods PARSNIPs?

ELT loves a PARSNIP. The inclusion — or exclusion — of them from ELT materials fuels many a blog rant and keeps editors and materials writers on their toes. A … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Celebrating Women in ELT at Innovate ELT in Barcelona

A guest post from Claire Venables, co-founder of Voices SIG at BrazTESOL. In the 80s there was a UK-based group called Women in TEFL. Pre-email and social media, they organised … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

International Women’s Day – Celebrating Women in ELT PCE announcement

Excited to make this announcement on International Women’s Day. Claire Venables and Ilá Coimbra of BrazTESOL’s new Voices Sig and I are co-running a pre-conference event called Celebrating Women in ELT: … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The lineup – a flash fiction lesson

This story was published on a site called f*ckfiction a few years ago. I realised the site no longer exists and, with it, my byline. I can’t be bothered to … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

How to Teach First Certificate

The first time I taught an exam class was PET, with a group of students who were only really ready for KET (not that I knew anything about either exam … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 13 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

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016: A year in the red (and occasionally green)

I am a bit late with a reflective type post, mostly because this sort of thing starts to feel a bit self-indulgent. But I realised I wanted some data to … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 9 Comments

Women in ELT Facebook group

So, following on from one of the points in my last post on the topic of Women in ELT, I can announce …  the Women in ELT group is up … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cutting Veg Pre-intermediate

I have a theory that course books don’t fully exploit reading texts for conversation. Often in class, at higher levels, I’d have some huge dense text that might (or might … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment