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Dr. Priyamvada Agarwal, has been involved in teacher training and teaching of methodology to pre-service and in service teachers. Currently, she is working with Oxford University Press India as Deputy Product Manager, mainly in Applied Linguistics. In materials development, her major area of focus is to develop handy and easy workable ideas to facilitate untrained teachers in classroom instruction.


Dave AllanDave Allan is Director of NILE, the Norwich Institute for Language Education, which provides training and development for thousands of teachers each year from CELTA and DELTA to an MA. Dave has been involved in test design and development and in training in assessment issues for over 30 years, working as a guest lecturer, conference speaker and seminar leader in more than 40 countries. He is the author of the Oxford Placement Tests, Chair of MATSDA, a consultant to the EU, the Council of Europe, DfID and the British Council and an adviser to a number of ministries on TEA issues. He was a founding member of the IATEFL TEASIG, its Chair for 9 years and remains on the TEASIG Committee.


Rachel ApplebyRachel Appleby works full time at ELTE University in Budapest teaching methodology, language, cultural studies and communication skills, and is otherwise freelance as a teacher and teacher trainer, specifically for Business English. She also runs Professional Skills training courses in C/E Europe, is a CELTA trainer, and writes Business English teaching materials. She is co-author of the Business one:one series (Advanced, Intermediate+, Pre-Intermediate), and co-wrote the Teacher’s Book for Business Result Advanced, as well as for the new edition of International Express Upper Intermediate. She has an Honours Degree in Music, a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Studies, and an MSc in TEFL. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@rapple18).


Allen AscherAllen Ascher has been an English teacher, teacher trainer, intensive English language program director, and consultant. Mr. Ascher has also been a publisher, developing ELT materials for students of all ages. As an author, he has written courses for both teens and adults, as well as an online training course for teachers. He is co-author with Joan Saslow of the new OUP course Teen2Teen.


Peter AstleyPeter Astley, MSc, CEng, FIMechE, FACostE has thirty years’ experience in project management in the oil & gas industry working for an international design and construction contractor on challenging offshore and onshore projects with major oil companies. He is the series consultant on Oil and Gas 1 and 2 (part of the Oxford English for Careers series), and author of the industry background notes in the Oil and Gas Teachers Resource Books.


Laura AustinLaura Austin is a former ELT Consultant for Oxford University Press in the UK and Ireland. She has been working in ELT for 9 years – and has previously worked as a teacher trainer, Director of Studies and ELT editor. She hopes to help schools overcome their obstacles to technology implementation. She has taught in the UK, France and Spain. Feel free to follow her on twitter (@LauraAustinNow).


David Baker is co-author – with Michael Swan – of Grammar Scan (OUP, 2008), and commissioned and edited the third edition of Swan’s Practical English Usage. He taught English in France in the late 1980s, both at the University of Paris and in a number of business training centres. He completed a Master’s degree in English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge in 1991 and joined Oxford University Press the following year. From 1999 to 2004, he was Publishing Manager for Grammar and Reference in OUP’s ELT Division. He left OUP in 2005, and currently works as a freelance materials writer, trainer, and publishing consultant.


Eva BalážováEva Balážová has been teaching English for 12 years to students of all ages from pre-primary to adults. She studied English at the Mathei Bel University and improved her qualification in ELT methodology courses in Exeter and Oxford. Her interest in ELT methodology resulted in many teacher training activities, workshops and conference presentations for teachers in Slovakia. Since 2008 she has been working for Oxford University Press in Slovakia as an ELT Consultant.


Jenny BassettJenny Bassett has been thinking about, writing, and editing stories for English Language Learners for more than twenty years. She is the Series Editor of the Oxford Bookworms Library (OUP), a series of graded readers with over 200 titles, and has written more than forty original and retold stories. Her titles for Bookworms include The Phantom of the Opera, One-Way Ticket, The President’s Murderer, The Omega Files, and William Shakespeare. Two of her adaptations, Rabbit-Proof Fence and Love Among the Haystacks, have won Language Learner Literature Awards from the Extensive Reading Foundation, and four of her other titles have been finalists for the Awards. She has created a new sub-series called Bookworms World Stories, collections of short stories from around the world. She is also series co-adviser with H.G. Widdowson of the Oxford Bookworms Collection, volumes of unadapted short stories for advanced learners. She has spoken at conferences in Asia and Europe, and plans to start her own blog in the near future.


Meghan Beler is a full-time teacher trainer for Oxford University Press and gives seminars and presentations on a variety of topics from young learners to adults. She has taught learners of all ages in Spain, Greece, and Turkey and has been involved in a variety of ELT project, including CEFR syllabus mapping and exam alignment. Her interests include learner autonomy, assessment and materials design. She is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@MeghanBeler).


Jennifer BixbyJennifer Bixby is co-author of OUP’s new course Q Skills for Success. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from Boston University and has taught students of various ages in Colombia, Japan, and the U.S in a wide variety of programs, including community colleges and intensive English programs in the U.S. Her interests lie in the development of high-interest materials and in the teaching of writing.


Bill Bowler is co-author of the bestselling primary Happy Series (OUP) American and British English versions. He is series co-editor of the secondary-targeted Dominoes Graded Readers (OUP) and co-author of the Headway Pronunciation Course (OUP) for adults. He authored the Oxford Bookworms playscript reader ‘The Butler Did It’ (OUP), and has won two ESU awards to date for his ELT writing. A former CELTA trainer, Bill is an approved Oxford Teacher’s Academy key trainer and mentor, specializing in Adult, Teenage, Young and Very Young Learners. He is especially interested in CLIL, the CEF, Extensive Reading, Pronunciation, Drama, Literary Texts in ELT, and Mixed Ability Teaching. He has given workshops and conference plenaries in 30 countries to date. Bill has contributed articles to English Teaching Professional and the Oxford Teacher’s Club webpage. He has worked in ELT theatre, and been involved in educational consultancy work with schools in different countries. Bill holds an MA Degree in English from Cambridge University (English Literature), and the RSA Diploma in TEFL. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@BillBowler).


Martyn ClarkeMartyn Clarke is a freelance ELT teacher trainer, teacher, and materials writer. He has worked with teachers and students in the UK, Europe, SE Asia, Africa, South and Central America. He is an experienced Cambridge exams teacher and oral examiner, and an associate lecturer on post-graduate teacher training programmes.


Alessia CogoDr Alessia Cogo is Reviews Editor of ELT Journal. She is based at the University of Southampton (UK), where she works as a lecturer in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, global Englishes and implications for ELT. She is currently involved in two projects concerning the use of English as a lingua franca in the workplace and the internationalization of higher education. She teaches and supervises post-graduate students in these areas. For more, see alessia-cogo.soton.ac.uk.


Jeremy ComfortJeremy Comfort helped to found York Associates in 1980. The business developed from language to communication and intercultural to international leadership training. Jeremy works with several multinational and international clients to develop their leaders. He has published extensively. In the 90s he wrote the Business Skills series for OUP (Effective Presentations etc.) and more recently he co-authored the Mindful International Manager (Kogan Page 2010). He lives in a village in North Yorkshire which is not very practical for international travel but is a beautiful part of the world.


Guy CookGuy Cook is Professor of Language and Education at the Open University, UK. He was formerly head of TESOL at the London University Institute of Education (1991-1998), and Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading (1998-2004). He has published extensively on English language teaching, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, literary stylistics, the language of advertising. He has been an invited speaker in over 40 countries. He was co-editor of the journal Applied Linguistics, from 2004-2009. He is Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (2009-2012) and is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. His books include Translation in Language Teaching (2010) (Winner of the Ben Warren Prize), Applied Linguistics (2003), Language Play, Language Learning (2000) (Winner of the Kenneth Mildenberger Prize), and many more.


Edward de Chazal graduated in English and Classics from the University of London in 1987, the year he trained in TEFL at International House London and started teaching in Izmir, Turkey. Since then he has specialized mainly in ESP and EAP, and has taught, examined, and given talks in many countries including Argentina, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the USA. In the 1990s he coordinated ESP programmes at Bilkent University in Ankara, and set up the ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes) military English programme for officers at the Kuwait Command and Staff College. He has taught Business English in London, and spent the first decade of the millennium as a College Teaching Fellow at UCL, University of London, where he coordinated a number of EAP courses. A regular presenter at IATEFL and BALEAP, Edward is now a freelance consultant and presenter, and is co-author of the new multi-level Oxford EAP course, published by Oxford University Press.


Paul Davies was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and, having graduated in English and Modern Languages, began his teaching career in Spain. On returning to the UK, he worked at Oxford University Press, first as a lexicographer on bilingual dictionaries and then as a schoolbook editor. After five years’ publishing experience, he left OUP to begin a freelance career writing English-teaching material. Since then, he has written courses for many English-teaching markets around the world, as well as videos, plays, stories, and multimedia material. His OUP publications include the secondary course All Stars (with Simon Greenall) and primary courses Zabadoo (with Carolyn Graham), Sparks and Cool Kids. More recently he has co-authored several courses with Tim Falla, including Spotlight, FCE Result, Switch, Steps and Solutions.


Michael DuckworthMichael Duckworth is a teacher and author who has worked in schools in Africa, the Far East, and Europe. He has written a number of successful courses, including several on preparing students for Cambridge ESOL examinations. He has a long-standing interest in teaching wrtiting skills for both General and Business English and has been involved with Cambridge ESOL in the marking of the First Certificate writing paper. He is co-author of Kickstart, Countdown to First Certificate and Proficiency Masterclass with Kathy Gude, and New Success at First Certificate with Kathy Gude and Robert O’Neill, and author of a number of workbooks.


Karen Frazier earned a degree in Speech, with an emphasis on Speech Pathology and has a Masters degree in Linguistics. She has over 30 years’ experience working with English language learners in the USA and Taiwan, as an ESL/EFL teacher at various levels. She has also conducted teacher-training workshops in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the USA. In addition, she has been an advisor for international students of all ages and their families. She is co-author of Let’s Go, one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children, published by Oxford University Press.


Tony GriceTony Grice used to teach but is now a freelance writer. A lot of his working time is taken up with EFL course books – he is the author of Oxford English for Careers Nursing 1, co-author of Nursing 2 and is currently writing an ESP course book in Maritime English. He works on EC funded projects developing vocational language teaching materials and tests. He is a trained technical writer and contributes to science magazines.


Kathy GudeKathy Gude is an EFL consultant and author. She has taught students of all levels of ability on general and business courses, and examination classes in Italy and Britain. Kathy has also worked for many years on a freelance basis for Cambridge ESOL, and as a teacher trainer and ESOL teacher. She is the co-author of Countdown to First Certificate, Proficiency Masterclass, New Success at First Certificate and CAE Result, and the author of the Matrix series and New Fast Class.


Mark HancockMark Hancock has taught English since 1984 in Turkey, Brazil, Sudan, and Spain. He has written a number of coursebooks, teachers’ resource books, and a self-study book. Mark is co-author of Pen Pictures, a writing skills course for young learners, and English Result, a general English course for adults and young adults with a strong focus on motivation and commuication skills, both with Annie McDonald, and both published by Oxford University Press.


Zoe HandleyZöe Handley is an OUP Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, Oxford University. Since completing her doctoral studies, which investigated the use of speech synthesis in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Zöe has worked as a language specialist in the Speech Technology Group at Toshiba, Cambridge, and as a research fellow in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, where she worked on the development of pronunciation training software for learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). She joined the Department of Education in 2009 to work on an Oxford University Press funded Fellowship investigating the use of new technologies in English as a Foreign language (EFL). Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@zooloo79).


Thomas Healy authorThomas Healy is an instructor at the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York. He presents regularly at conferences on how to use widely available and easy-to-use digital tools in language teaching. His presentation Create a Digital Course Pack was highlighted by TESOL Connections as one of the favorite sessions of the International TESOL 2014 Convention. He is a co-author of the Smart Choice series published by Oxford University Press.


Tim HerdonTim Herdon has nearly thirty years of experience in teaching, training, school management and materials writing. During his career he has taught English in England, Italy, Spain and Japan, working in both private and public education. As a trainer he has worked with adult, university, secondary and primary teachers in a wide range of countries in four continents, most frequently in Brazil, Russia and Spain. His special interests in ELT training are speaking, CLIL and drama. He is currently Senior Teacher Trainer at Oxford University Press in Oxford.


Vicki HollettVicki Hollett is the author of the Tech Talk series, as well as a number of Professional English courses for Oxford University Press, including Business Objectives and Business Opportunities, both first prize winners in the English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition. A graduate of Reading and Essex universities, Vicki has taught English in Japan, Algeria, and the UK. She has been a trainer for the LCCI Diploma in Teaching English for Business and has run many workshops for teachers throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. She now lives in the USA where she is learning to speak ‘merican. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@vickihollett).


John Hughes has worked in ELT for over 20 years. He has taught students in many parts of Europe and has managed Business English and ESP departments in Poland and Italy. Nowadays, he works as a teacher trainer and writer. He has co-authored a number of titles for OUP, including three levels in the Business Result series, Successful Meetings, and Successful Presentations. He regularly speaks at conferences around the world and writes two blogs: elteachertrainer and eltmaterialswriter. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@johnhugheselt).


Tom HutchinsonTom Hutchinson has taught English in the UK, Germany, and Croatia, and he has given teacher training courses in many other countries around the world. For a number of years he lectured at the Institute for English Language Education at Lancaster University, UK. With Oxford University Press Tom has published New Hotline, Project, Project English, Lifelines, Lifetime Video, American Hotline, An Introduction to Project Work, Big City and the award-winning Project Video. Apart from writing textbooks, Tom’s interests include the management of change, teacher development, and the teaching of grammar. In his free time he plays golf, likes to watch football and movies, and plays the electric guitar.


Patrick JacksonPatrick Jackson is the author of the popular pre-primary series Potato Pals (OUP). With over eleven years’ experience teaching English to learners of all ages in Nagoya, Japan, he knows what makes a successful lesson. A mixture of songs, stories, role plays and independent activities ensure his lessons appeal to every learning style. With an active social media presence it’s no surprise that Patrick believes technology has a major part to play in language teaching and learning. Energetic and engaging, he thinks that good teaching will change the world for the better and nothing guarantees this more than a positive attitude in the minds of teachers and students. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@patjack67).


Jamie KeddieJamie Keddie is a European-based teacher, teacher trainer, writer and presenter. He is the founder of lessonstream.org, the site that was formerly known as TEFLclips, winner of a British Council ELTons award. His publications include Images in the in the Resource Books for Teachers series published by Oxford University Press. Jamie is an associate trainer at Norwich Institute for Language Education in the UK.


Marina KopilovicMarina Kopilovic is a teacher and teacher trainer, and now she lives and teaches English in a primary school in Belgrade. She has taught English to students of all ages, but her special interest has always been teaching young learners and teenagers. She has also run a lot of workshops for primary school teachers in Serbia. At present her interests include testing, using drama (Forum Theatre) in the classroom and developing collaborative teaching / learning habits with teachers and learners.


Lewis LansfordLewis Lansford is the author of a wide range of textbooks, teacher’s books, tests, magazine articles and other ELT materials, including Oxford English for Careers: Oil and Gas 1 (with D’Arcy Vallance) and English for Cabin Crew (with Sue Ellis). He taught academic and professional English in the US and Japan before moving into publishing full time in 1995.Though he is actively involved in publishing for a diverse group of general English learners globally, his passion is ESP.


Christina Latham-KoenigChristina Latham-Koenig studied Classics at the University of Oxford. She started her career in TEFL in 1976, teaching at International House and later at the British Council, both in Spain (Valencia) and in the UK. She has worked as a teacher trainer for both native and non-native teachers of English, and has given talks and workshops all over the world including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Peru, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. In 1995 she started collaborating as co-author on the best-selling English File series and New English File (with Clive Oxenden). Recent publications include New English File Beginners (2009) and New English File Advanced (2010). At the moment Christina and Clive are working on new editions of New English File Elementary and Pre-intermediate which will be published in 2012.


Lawrence LawsonLawrence Lawson is an Assistant Professor of ESL at Palomar College in California. A 2008 MA TESOL graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Lawrence also served with his wife as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine teaching EFL at secondary and post-secondary levels. He is currently the Co-Program Chair of the San Diego Regional CATESOL conference and a key contributor to the new course series from OUP called Q Skills for Success.


Olha MadylusOlha Madylus began her teaching career in a secondary state school in England teaching English and Drama. She has now been involved in YLELT for over 25 years: living, teaching and training in Hong Kong and Venezuela as well as Greece, where she now lives. For the past eleven years she has been a freelance YL consultant and teacher trainer and trains local state and private language school teachers (and trainers) worldwide in countries as diverse as Peru, Croatia, Taiwan, Yemen and Burma. Her focus is on both primary and secondary aged children.


Sam McCarterSam McCarter is the author of Medicine 1 and 2 from the Oxford English for Careers series. He’s a teacher, consultant and freelance writer/editor with special interests in Medical English communication skills, and IELTS. He has worked with WHO, UNHCR, and The Wellcome Trust, and currently teaches by videoconferencing at Reache Northwest, Salford Royal, Salford , England.


Kieran McGovernKieran McGovern writes graded reading materials for English language learners, including original stories and adaptations for most of the major publishers in the field including Oxford University Press, OUP (Hong Kong), Longman, Macmillan and Penguin. Three of his titles were singled out for their ‘particular excellence’ in Bamford & Day’s Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom (CUP) where he was described as being ‘amongst the best writers of language learner materials in English’. He also writes regular articles and reviews for magazines and journals including Ming Pao Daily, Seven Days and IATEFL Voices. Kieran currently teaches in Bath, UK and runs language learning website www.eslreading.org. He runs his own blog called English Language FAQs and was the BBC World Service ‘Teacher Blogger’ in August & December 2009. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@eslreading).


No-PictureRobert McLarty is Publishing Manager for Business English and ESP at Oxford University Press. From 1986 to 1998, he managed ILC Paris and ran courses for the pharmaceutical, oil, finance, insurance, and construction industries, as well as DELTA and CELTA courses. From 1998 to 2004 he was the Principal of Oxford English Intensive School of English, one of the world’s leading ESP course providers. He is also the co-author of Business Basics, Quick Work (Elementary) and Business Focus.


Joe McVeighJoe McVeigh is a co-author of OUP’s new course series Q Skills for Success. He has been active in ELT for over 25 years. In the U.S. he has taught at Middlebury College, the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and California State University, Los Angeles. His classrooms have included students from more than fifty countries. Joe has also lived and worked overseas in the U.K., Hungary, China, India, and Chile. He works independently as a consultant, teacher-trainer, workshop presenter, author, and editor. Joe has also been active in many roles in the TESOL association, including as a member of the Board of Directors and on the Book Publications Committee. You can visit Joe’s website and blog at http://www.joemcveigh.org where he offers ongoing perspectives on the teaching of culture and on English language teaching. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@JoeMcVeigh).


Naomi MoirNaomi Moir has been involved in education for over 15 years and has worked with students and teachers from a wide range of environments, including those in the state sector and the private sector. In the past few years Naomi has run training courses and presented at conferences for a number of different organisations on a variety of areas connected with teaching English to young learners and adults. She was also the Young Learner Coordinator for the International House World Organisation. In addition to her training work, Naomi has also written (for Oxford University Press) a ‘Learn English at Home’ pack for parents of preschoolers and Starting and Ending Lessons (Oxford Basics for Children) for primary teachers as well as contributing to the pre-school series First Friends. Naomi now works full-time for Oxford University Press as a teacher trainer. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@naomi_moir).


Julie Moore is an ELT writer and researcher based in Bristol in the UK. She has a background in ELT dictionaries and corpus research, having worked on a number of major learner’s dictionaries including specialist publications including the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English. Julie now writes, researches and edits a wide range of ELT materials, most recently co-authoring Oxford EAP Advanced. Before going into publishing, Julie taught general and business English for several years in Greece and the Czech Republic. Since 2005, she has taught on summer EAP pre-sessional courses at the University of Bristol and she’s also involved in teacher training. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@lexicojules), or on her blog.


Jon NauntonJon Naunton taught in Italy, Libya and the UK and worked for the International House organisation for many years as a teacher, teacher trainer and director of studies. Since moving to France he has taught in adult education, at a major business school and the école polytechnique in Tours. As well as general and Business English he is interested in exams preparation. For OUP he has published Clockwise Upper Intermediate and the Head for Business and Profile series, as well as co-authoring Business Result Intermediate and English for Oil and Gas 2. Jon has a BA in English, holds an MA in Second Language Learning and Teaching from the University of London, and an MBA from the City University Business School (Cass business school).


Clive OxendenClive Oxenden trained to teach EFL at International House, London, and later took his RSA (Cert) at Bromley College, Kent. He has taught English and trained teachers for 23 years, mainly in Spain but also in Turkey, Kuwait, Algeria, and the UK, where he was the RSA tutor at Padworth College in Berkshire. He has spent the last fifteen years teaching at the British Council, Valencia. Clive’s most recent publication is New English File, a multi-level course for Oxford University Press (with Christina Latham-Koenig and Paul Seligson). Recent publications include New English File Beginners (2009) and New English File Advanced (2010). At the moment Christina and Clive are working on new editions of New English File Elementary and Pre-intermediate which will be published in 2012.


Ken PatersonKen Paterson is a freelance ELT writer and consultant. His recent publications include the elementary and upper intermediate levels of the Oxford Living Grammar series, the Oxford Grammar for EAP (with Roberta Wedge) and A Handbook of Spoken Grammar, nominated for a 2013 British Council ELTon award. From 1994 to 2010, Ken was Director of ELT at the University of Westminster, teaching on EFL, EAP and MA TESOL courses.


No-PictureDiane Phillips has been a teacher of social science, sociolinguistics, and English for thirty years, working with undergraduates, post-graduates, and teachers in a number of different countries. She has a PGCE, MAs, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the universities of Cambridge and London. From 1984 until 2003 she worked for the Bell Educational Trust as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer, and manager, most recently holding the post of Head of Academic Management. She is currently a lecturer with the Open University and an inspector for the British Council Accreditation Scheme. She is co-author of Projects with Young Learners, in Oxford University Press’ Resource Books for Teachers series.


Paddy PhillipsPaddy Phillips is an editor in the ELT Dictionaries department at Oxford University Press. He taught English in Japan and the Czech Republic before joining OUP in 2004. Since then he has worked on the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, the Oxford Wordpower Dictionary, and the Oxford Guide to British and American Culture.


Alan Redmond is the English language teacher for Premier League football teams Liverpool, Everton and Stoke City. Having taught English for more than 10 years, Alan is currently a language consultant to the Premier League and Director of English at Try Lingual School in Liverpool. He is co-author of English for Football.


No-PicturePeter Redpath co-authored Incredible English (OUP), a six-level course for primary schools, with Sarah Phillips. He has been a language teacher since 1983 and later became a teacher trainer and subsequently trained the trainers. He has taught English and trained teachers around the world. Apart from writing and giving talks and workshops he continues to travel extensively for Oxford University Press as an ELT consultant.


Louis Rogers teaches English at the University of Reading to students from over 50 countries. He has taught English in various countries around the world, including Germany, Portugal and Italy. He specializes in English for specific purposes, in particular exams, business and EAP. Recently, he combined his experience of Business English and EAP to write two levels of Skills for Business Studies.


Barb Hoskins SakamotoBarb Hoskins Sakamoto is co-author of Let’s Go (OUP), one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children. An EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1985, she has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America. Her motto is “Always try new things,” so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, you’ll often find her online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you’d like to explore with her, you can usually find her on her blog, Teaching Village , her wiki, on Twitter or Facebook, or in Second Life.


Joan SaslowJoan Saslow is the author of numerous widely used multi-level courses for teens, young adults, and adults. She has taught English and foreign languages at all levels of instruction in both in South America and USA. Ms. Saslow has also conducted teacher training workshops in foreign language teaching methods for over thirty years. She is co-author with Allen Ascher of the new OUP course Teen2Teen.


Julietta SchoenmannJulietta Schoenmann has been a language teacher and teacher trainer for over twenty years, working in state and language schools in China, Eritrea, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has been training teachers and trainers in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Serbia, Thailand and Iraq but also works on educational assignments such as developing training materials and curriculum reform. Her interests include teacher development in low resourced environments and promoting learner engagement in large, mixed ability classrooms.


Kristin Sherman has been an ELT teacher, teacher trainer, consultant, and coursebook author for more than 15 years. Born in Japan and raised in the Philippines, Kristin now resides in the US where she’s an English instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She regularly conducts teacher training workshops throughout Latin America and the US. Kristin is co-author of Q: Skills for Success and Network, both published by Oxford University Press. Though not a technology expert, Kristin is very interested in helping teachers harness the power of social media and learning management systems such as Blackboard to help their students learn English. She holds an M.Ed. TESL from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


Susan Banman SileciSusan Banman Sileci is an expert in writing primary course books and the author of many popular series including Best Friends (McGraw-Hill), and co-author with Patrick Jackson of the new primary course for Asia, Everybody Up (OUP). Alongside a love of grammar and a degree in linguistics, Susan has over 25 years’ experience teaching English to students of all ages in the USA and Brazil. With a strong interest in values, Susan believes that teachers should not only give students an enthusiasm for English, but should pass on other skills like helping others and caring for one another. She still has an active presence in the classroom.


Ann SnowMarguerite Ann Snow is a series consultant for the new Academic English course, Q Skills for Success (OUP). She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and is a Professor in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles where she teaches in the TESOL M.A. program. She has published in TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, and The Modern Language Journal. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong and Cyprus. In 2006, she received the President’s Distinguished Professor award at Cal State LA. In addition to working closely with ESL and mainstream public school teachers in the U.S., she has trained EFL teachers in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, Spain, and Turkey. Her main interests are integrated content and language instruction, English for Academic Purposes, and standards for English teaching and learning.


Devon ThagardDevon Thagard has been an ESL/EFL educator for the past 18 years, with experience teaching adults and children in the U.S., Japan, and the U.K. and conducting workshops throughout Asia. Based in Tokyo, Japan for the last 9 years, he is the co-owner of Super Simple Learning, creators of the award-winning Super Simple Songs CDs. His focus is on helping teachers and learners approach English education with confidence, and on using songs effectively in the classroom. Devon and his writing partner Troy McDonald were thrilled to contribute over 40 songs to OUP’s new primary series Everybody Up. Feel free to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Robin Walker is a freelance language teacher, teacher educator, and materials writer. He has been involved in ELT since moving to Spain in 1981. In this time, he worked for over 20 years in ESP as a lecturer in English at the University School of Tourism of Asturias. He has also collaborated extensively with many of Spain’s state teacher training centres, with the University of Oviedo, and with Oxford University Press España. Robin is co-author of Tourism 1 (Provision), Tourism 2 (Encounters) and Tourism3 (Management) in OUP’s Oxford English for Careers series. In 2010 he published Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua franca for the OUP teacher’s handbook series. A former Vice-president of TESOL-SPAIN, he is the Newsletter editor of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group.


Mary E. Ward is the author of English for the Fashion Industry. She has been working in the ESOL field for 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum designer, and writer. She specializes in English for Specific Purposes, including fashion (communication), marketing, and event planning. She has lived and taught in the U.S. and Italy at universities and technical institutes.


Tim WardTim Ward is a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer working from Sofia, Bulgaria. He’s been with OUP for over five years now, enjoying working with teachers in South-Eastern Europe as well as further afield and working on the Oxford Teachers Academy project. He started his career in the secondary school system in the north of England before beginning to work with teachers of both secondary age pupils and young learners in schools, universities and teacher-training institutions in Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Oman. Since having two of his own, Tim has become more interested in very young learners.


Shaun WildenShaun Wilden has been involved in English Language Teaching for almost twenty years. He is currently the International House World Organisation Teacher Training Coordinator but also works as a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer for OUP – contributing materials to a number of coursebooks including the Business One:One and Business Result series for Oxford University Press. Apart from that he maintains several online teaching sites including ihonlinetraining.net and is interested in the application of technology to teaching. He is also an external advisor on the Czech maturita exam in particular on the writing and speaking papers. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@shaunwilden).


Ken WilsonKen Wilson worked in Spain and the UK as an English teacher and teacher trainer before getting involved with the English Teaching Theatre – first as a performer, then as writer and artistic director. His first ELT publication was a collection of songs called Mister Monday, which was released when he was 23, making him the youngest-ever published ELT author at the time. Since then, in addition to Smart Choice, he has written about a dozen coursebooks and texts, including Drama and Improvisation for the Resource Books for Teachers series (OUP). He now trains teachers all over the world and is a prolific author of ELT materials with more than 30 titles to his name. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@kenwilsonlondon).

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