Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Why students need to be Han Solo

Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? Who did you want to be if you grew up watching Star Wars? Who did you fancy more? Which of the two actors went on … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 20 Comments

An actual celebrity encounter – Eddie Izzard in Madrid

Expatlandia. As well as all the great things about living in it, like having the vantage point from which to complain about more than one country and getting extra, exotic, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A review of Duolingo

I had no motivation to learn Spanish until this week. Then I tried Duolingo and I’m completely hooked. By the same life sucking, brain dead urge that has me playing … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 5 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

Inferring from context – agreeing with @EBEFL

I was interested in @EBEFL’s post on guessing meaning from context being a load of old XXXXX. Or the teaching of it at any rate. I’ve often been frustrated by … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Grammar – prescribe, proscribe or innovate?

Grammar – an ever evolving thing for which the rules no longer apply. We’re free to innovate and all those fusty old rules are for people who think in black … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

Motivating students – A new approach

There are about as many theories on student motivation in ESL as there are blank faced students sitting in class rooms right this moment. Here’s a very informative and question … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Skating and English

I started learning to rollerblade in April as an “intercambio”. Usually the deal is an English-Spanish exchange but I figured Spanish is only going to be useful in a limited … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The grammar of grammar

Do students need more grammar? No they don’t. Students don’t need more grammar, do they? Did students need more grammar yesterday?

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment