Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 9 Comments

Reverse Reading changes names

It seems very grand to say I am rebranding but Reverse Reading is no more. I realised the name is misleading as it suggests the focus is on reading when … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

New English File Intermediate – Reverse Reading

In my original article outlining the Reverse Reading approach to conversation classes, I said: Preparing the materials is the work of ten minutes once you get used to doing it. … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ask Me Anything ELT

The internet isn’t always a nice place. That’s partly because it’s inhabited by people and not robots (spambots might be annoying but, as yet at least, they aren’t petty, vindictive … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 14 Comments

Jaime Miller – How to be an online teaching success

You might have seen Jaime Miller’s series of posts on ELTjam on which platforms to use to run successful online EFL lessons. Jaime has been sourcing all her income online … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is your new school crap?

It’s the first full week of October and EFL teachers going back after the summer are a few days to a couple of weeks into their new jobs. And, based … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

Recap on Reverse Reading

A few months ago I wrote an article (originally appearing in MET, July 2014¬†issue) outlining a conversation method I invented called Reverse Reading. It has had a few positive comments … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment