Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

TEFL AirBnB

I had an idea a year or two ago. “Who cares?” you may say — quite rightly. Ideas are pretty worthless in themselves as I’ve said before, plus no-one really … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why England should vote Remain

This week’s referendum on the EU has brought out the emotional, the proud, the sense of the shared cause in people whether they’re about to vote Leave or Remain. At … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

2015 in review

I wasn’t planning to write a review of the year since I’ve not blogged as much, which was to be expected. I foresaw it at the end of last year even … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

The obligatory Learning Styles post

I’ve been feeling a bit left out, a bit behind the times. I couldn’t think why. Is it because I’ve babied more than blogged this year? Nope. It’s because I’ve … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

I’m venturing into self-publishing …

Well, this feels highly exposing. But, now I think of it, so did having books published by a publisher. The moment a book is ‘out there’ and judgeable, if it’s one you … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Why you shouldn’t be better than average

Despite what people may tell their children, it’s not true that your best is good enough. In fact, it’s too good. By a long chalk. What you should be aiming … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baby goes to IATEFL 2015, part I

I’ve been off the blog for a few months much as I feared in the New Year. That post’s empty promises to myself were driven by the doubt I’d still be … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 23 Comments