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 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

Queen Arthur

Question: In how many countries do you think this title would hinder sales in the EFL market? Too many to get it commissioned as a Graded Reader, unfortunately. OK, so … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

Newbie EFL teacher mistakes, part 1

I taught for a long time but I can remember with cringing clarity many of the mistakes I made in the first couple of years. I don’t blame my early teacher self … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Writing a novel in your second language

Rebecca Strong, not her real name, is in hiding from the Russian President after writing her novel Who is Mr Plutin? She’s managed to combine Russian spy thriller with chick … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

As Others See Us – book release

I’ve written quite a bit about the process of bringing out As Others See Us, CUP, A2 Graded Reader but it’s finally available. At long last, googling my own book … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

2014: Another year in which I could have…

…done better. This year held a lot. For me, it’s mostly held a lot of not enoughs. I’ve not blogged enough, written enough, nor made enough effort. I have a hard … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 9 Comments

Why couldn’t ELT have come up with Peppa Pig?

The ELT publishing industry spends millions trying to make millions. For some products, English Grammar in Use, English File, Headway for example, they succeed. But would the publishers make more … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 6 Comments