Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

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

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

Summer [school] is here!

Well, not for me for the first time in six years. I might have managed a fair bit since having a baby — speaking at IATEFL and getting called fame-hungry … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is there discourse against women in ELT?

At this year’s IATEFL, Russ Mayne and I gave a talk called “Where are the women in ELT?”. It was attended by about 50 people, crammed into a 40 seater … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 29 Comments

Whatever happened to that girl who didn’t do a TEFL?

I often see questions in ELT forums and Facebook groups with people asking if they should fork out for a full TEFL or an online version and whether they really need … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 20 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

A quick survey about ELT

Can I have five minutes of your time for a quick survey about ELT? If you don’t need further persuasion, it’s here. If you want to know a little more, … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cliché – The Teacher’s Friend

As a writer I try to avoid cliché wherever possible, to the point of paranoia. But, in planning a creative writing workshop*, I realised that, from the perspective of a … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blog Stats – how did I do in 2013?

A year of blogging and some stats and patterns were interesting, for me at least. I’ve not really delved into the subcutaneous with this – I’m not tracking what time … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

When the office bore is the bore in your class

The more I observe and interact with students in a classroom environment the more I am struck by this revelation: They’re not only students, they’re people. And as such, this … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 16 Comments