Award-winning author, speaker, materials developer, trainer

 
Photo by Frank Noon (FBN), courtesy of the British Council

Photo by Frank Noon (FBN), courtesy of the British Council

 

Where I'm coming from

In the late 80s, I earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, then worked as a proofreader in Tucson, Arizona for a year or so. After that, I taught English in Barcelona for six months. I loved the work, but wanted to be better at it, so I went back to Tucson and did an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Arizona (1991). I taught for several terms at the Center for English as a Second Language at the U of A, then took a job as a language trainer at Sumitomo Electric Industries in Osaka, Japan working with engineers and business people. After two years at Sumitomo – 1993 and 1994 – I was recruited by Longman Asia ELT in Hong Kong to develop and edit materials for the Asia market. I moved to the UK in 1997 and began work as freelance ELT project manager, doing a little writing on the side. Through the years, the writing increased, and by 2009 I had become a full-time ELT materials writer. I train teachers and do publishing workshops as well. This site shows some of my work.

 
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