Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

Celebrating Women in ELT at Innovate ELT in Barcelona

A guest post from Claire Venables, co-founder of Voices SIG at BrazTESOL. In the 80s there was a UK-based group called Women in TEFL. Pre-email and social media, they organised … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

Three reasons why I shouldn’t be giving this plenary – Innovate ELT talk

Last week’s Innovate ELT conference came, for me, at a time when I’ve been feeling quite out of touch. Regular readers might have noticed the lack of blogging this year, … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 17 Comments

Archetypes of ELT – 2016

I won’t be at IATEFL in Birmingham this year, but I think I can guess who will be … To my surprise, there are two new entries. They’ve both always … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 9 Comments

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

Equal Pay Day (It’s a hashtag)

One of those times my old foe, the hashtag, is useful is showing trending events. Thanks to the #EqualPayDay hashtag I now know this is the day of the year when women … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 1 Comment