Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

5 stupid things we do in ELT

Putting rubrics above exercises Has anyone over the age of seven ever really needed to be told to write the words in the gap or to circle the words in … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · 4 Comments

How I write a 3-level story

@Muranava suggested I write about the process of grading texts from a writing point of view and, since I started writing stories and articles for the British Council Learning English … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 11 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

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

What to do next about #WomeninELT Part II

So, continuing from yesterday’s post, the main issue is not, and never really has been, plenaries. They are a very visible reminder of a balance that is not quite being … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment