Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

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

A call to women in ELT

Back in April, Russ Mayne and I gave a talk about women in ELT and we started a website called Gender Equality ELT. One of the things we planned to … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

Jaime Miller – How to be an online teaching success

You might have seen Jaime Miller’s series of posts on ELTjam on which platforms to use to run successful online EFL lessons. Jaime has been sourcing all her income online … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 Comment

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