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

New Reader – Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It feels like ages since I’ve been able to say “I have a new book out.” Actually,  ELT-wise, it’s been about 14 months but this book, Rain, Rain, Go Away! out with … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 6 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

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

The future of Graded Readers

I’ve come to realise that when I think of Graded Readers I’ve personified them. And the character is that of an overlooked child, quietly sitting at the back of the … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 10 Comments

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

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

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 · 17 Comments

Normalising normal life in EFL materials

When I was writing my Speaking Skills book, I had the standard list of things not to include. No opposite sex co-habiting, no shopping for shorts or miniskirts, avoid dogs. … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 11 Comments

New lesson plan site

Summer in England, especially Bank Holiday Mondays, can be bleak. There wasn’t much blogging to be done and the withdrawal or the rain on August Bank Holiday made me start … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment