Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Centre Director Scenarios – Questions

Another management training aid aimed at summer schools based on inductions I used to give as Academic consultant at Bede’s where I spent 5 summers in the role of Centre … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Academic Manager Scenarios – Questions

Not all summer schools offer a decent induction — even for managers. Especially for managers in some cases. Being a DOS or Academic Manager at a summer school presents probably … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Manager Scenarios – Behind the scenes

I know I went and wrote a Serious and Professional management training post but some of the questions reminded me of the actual time the scenario happened and it’s too … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Summer [school] is here!

Well, not for me for the first time in six years. I might have managed a fair bit since having a baby — speaking at IATEFL and getting called fame-hungry … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Summer Schools Get Wrong

Summer School is an immense undertaking. An entire functioning school, which usually has to be up and running in 24 hours, that combines Academic, Activities and Residential programs, often run … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

The A-Z of Summer School, Part III

A-H     I-Q R Returners A site that opened without a single Returner would be quite the shiver and nightmare maker. When I first did Centre Director I relied heavily on … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

The A-Z of Summer School, Part II

For A-K go here I Induction Like trying to cram infinity inside a toothpaste tube, no Summer School induction will ever fit everything in. Keeping people’s attention for a whole … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

The A-Z of Summer School, Part I

A Agents About three quarters of Summer School bookings come through agents. There’d be no way to survive without them so paying the commission is unavoidable. They’re more likely not … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Thinking of ADOS/DOS/Senior Teacher roles?

If you’re a teacher with a DELTA or equivalent, Summer School in the UK is an opportunity to try out a Senior or Managerial role. Positions in year round schools … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

The alternative universe of Summer School

Summer School is its own little universe with a distinct set of laws governing reality that make re-entry to the Other Real World a simultaneously yearned for and feared event. … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 1 Comment