Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

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

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

Reverse Reading – a quick approach to prepping Conversation classes

Q: When is a conversation lesson not a conversation lesson? A: When it’s actually a reading lesson with some discussion questions tacked on for the last ten minutes. **A common … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 15 Comments