Mark Almond


Mark Almond is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he directs and teaches on various undergraduate, post-graduate Diploma and MA linguistics and language teacher training programmes. He has taught, trained English language teachers and carried out consultancies in several countries including Hong Kong, Italy, India, Malaysia, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Switzerland. His main areas of interest are in the use of drama in the language classroom and performance-related skills for effective and affective teaching to maximise socio-psychological harmony in the classroom. He has published widely in these and other areas and is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on his areas of expertise. His book ‘Teaching English with Drama’ was published in November 2005 by Pavilion Publishing.     

Susan Barduhn


Dr. Susan Barduhn is freelance Teacher Educator and Consultant. She was a Professor for 13 years at SIT Graduate Institute in the U.S.,and Academic Chair of the MA TESOL Low Residency Program, as well as Director of the Teacher Training and Professional Development Institute. She has been involved in English language teaching as teacher, trainer, supervisor, manager, assessor, program designer, and consultant; and she has worked for extended periods in Kenya, the U.K., Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, and Portugal. Susan Barduhn is a Past President of IATEFL; the former Director of The Language Center, Nairobi and was Deputy Director of International House, London. Susan’s areas of interest and research are teacher thinking, intercultural communication, identity, and teacher and trainer development. 

Angelos Bollas


Angelos Bollas has been in ELT since 2006. He now works on Cambridge CELTA courses and as a freelancer offering in-service teacher training programs to teachers, managers, and institutions, focusing on LGBTQI+ inclusive education, teacher development, and course design.

After having taught general English and exam preparation classes, Angelos focused on English for Academic Purposes, preparing learners for University studies at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, designing EAP courses, and training teachers for EAP contexts.

When he is not training, Angelos enjoys being a member of IATEFL Conference Committee, a member of IATEFL Teacher Development committee, and an #ELTchat co-moderator. He now works towards completing his PhD exploring the absence of LGBTQI+ references in language education and its effects on learners’ motivation.

Hugh Dellar


  Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years’ experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others. He is also the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as the Upper-Intermediate level of the Perspectives secondary course.  

Kieran Donaghy


Kieran Donaghy has been involved in English language teaching since 1989. He has held teaching, teacher training and academic management posts in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain. He currently teaches and trains teachers at UAB Languages Barcelona, part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has a special interest in the use of film and video, and writes extensively about film and video in language education. He is the author of the methodology book on film in language teaching Film in Action (Delta Publishing).His website Film English has won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, the most prestigious European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award, and an English-Speaking Union Award. Kieran is the founder and organiser of the only conference exclusively on the use of images in language teaching, The Image Conference. In addition, Kieran is the co-founder of the Visual Arts Circle, a professional community of practice for language education professionals interested in the use of the visual arts in language teaching. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. You can find out more about Kieran and his work at his author website  

Nikki Fortova


Nikki Fořtová has been involved in ELT since 2002. She is CELTA and DELTA qualified and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Nikki is a CELTA tutor, an oral examiner for the Cambridge suite of exams and an Oxford Teachers’ Academy trainer. Nikki has run practical methodology training sessions and workshops around Europe to English language teachers and is particularly interested in the application of technology to teaching and learning.As well as helping to maintain several online teacher training sites, she has designed and tutored several online and face to face ICT courses for English language teachers. Her main area of research and interest lies in helping learners to develop their speaking skills in an asynchronous online environment. Originally from the UK, Nikki is a teacher and teacher trainer at a university in the Czech Republic.  

Jeremy Harmer


After initial training (and his first teaching job) at International House, Jeremy Harmer worked for the Instituto Anglo Mexicano de Cultura in Mexico City, Ciudad Satellite, and later - after getting an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, Uk - in Guadalajara where he was the branch director. On returning to the UK, Jeremy taught at the Bell School before dedicating his time to writing course materials and methodology titles. He became a frequent speaker and workshop leader around the world - something he still undertakes with enthusiasm. He is a course designer and tutor for the online MATESOL at the new School, New York, and a frequent speaker and tutor at NILE (The Norwich Institute of Language Education). Among Jeremy’s books are The Practice of English Language Teaching, How to Teach English and Essential teacher Knowledge (published by Pearson), Trumpet Voluntary and Solo Saxophone (published by Cambridge University Press) and the course  Jetstream (published by Helbling) where he is one of the writing team. Away from the world of language teaching Jeremy is a practising musician, singer-songwriter, and performer of the spoken word. 

Adrian Holliday



Dr Adrian Holliday is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he supervises doctoral research in the critical sociology of language education and intercultural communication. 

He began his career as a British Council teacher in Iran in the 1970s. During the 1980s he set up the English for Specific Purposes centre at Damascus University, Syria, and was involved in a national curriculum project in Egypt to develop methodologies for teaching large university classes.

He has published a number of books that lead the field in the areas of appropriate methodology, the cultural politics of so-labelled ’native-’ vs. ‘non-native speaker’ teachers, intercultural communication, and qualitative research methods. 

His recent work concerns a critique of national cultural stereotypes and the creative contribution that international university students and language learners bring from their often unrecognised existing cultural experience. This work impacts on the relationship between language learning and culture, intercultural awareness training, and internationalisation in higher education. It has led to conference presentations, curriculum development and consultancy work in China, India, The Middle East, Mexico and the European Union. 

Jamie Keddie


Jamie Keddie is a European-based teacher, teacher trainer, writer and presenter. He is the founder of Lessonstream, the site that was formerly known as TEFLclips and winner of a British Council ELTons award.His publications include Images and Bringing Online Video into the Classroom, both published by Oxford University Press. As well as visual materials, Jamie is interested in storytelling-based teaching approaches.  

Bruce Milne


Bruce Milne started his career as a teacher in a state school in the UK. He then moved to North Italy to teach English there. He worked for many years for Bell Educational Services as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager as well as working in sales and marketing and on overseas projects. He retains a keen interest in teacher training and has contributed to the Bell Teacher Campus in Cambridge. He is an author of teaching materials (Heinemann Integrated Skills and Move, published by MacMillan) and is also a DELTA assessor. He has been an EAQUALS inspector for several years.      

George Pickering


George Pickering is an independent management coach, trainer and consultant who has delivered consultancies, seminars and workshops in over 60 countries. He is a British Council inspector of language schools in the UK (Accreditation UK) and has been in the past an internal ISO 9000 auditor and an Eaquals inspector. He is the academic director of the English UK Diploma in ELT Management (accredited by Trinity College London) and a tutor on the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, World Learning SIT Graduate Institute and the University of Queensland). George is a director and trustee of IATEFL. George’s qualifications include a degree in Politics & Philosophy and a first class honours degree in Anthropology & Psychology. He has a PGCE in English & History and an MA in Second Language Learning & Teaching . 

Emma Sue Prince


 Emma Sue Prince is a qualified teacher and management development trainer, author and business consultant. Her expertise lies in soft skills, trainer training, materials design, qualification development and management development. She provides employability, soft skills and education consultancy in emerging economies all over the world working on large-scale projects in India, Malaysia, Tanzania and in Bangladesh in partnership with the Department of International Development and the British Council.Emma Sue developed Unimenta to make it easier for teachers and practitioners to deliver soft skills and personal development. She is author of The Advantage, published by Pearson Business and translated into eight languages. 

She has just finished her second book for Palgrave Macmillan: Practical Business Communication which focuses on the link between our brains and how we communicate. It is a practical guide for graduates and was published in July 2017. 

Jane Revell


Jane Revell is a very well-known and highly-respected international trainer and consultant. She has been active in English language teaching for over forty years and taught English and trained teachers all over the world.  She is the author of several ELT courses (most recently Jetstream, a new course for adults), and a wealth of lively books for teachers on communication, methodology and stress, including several prize-winning titles.   Jane is a Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) and an internationally-certified personal development trainer. She is also a stress management consultant, coach, well-being trainer and Pilates instructor. She has designed and delivered training programmes for a wide variety of professional people all over the world, and has a proven track record of client satisfaction. Her training style is participant-centred and highly interactive, giving clients skills which they can appreciate and use straightaway.   

Chris Rose


Chris Rose has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer, translator and materials writer for nearly twenty years.For a long time he worked for the British Council in Italy, where he was responsible for integrating arts and education work. Since then, he has also worked in India, Germany, Syria, Morocco, Lebanon and Russia. His chief ELT interests are literature in language teaching, creative writing activities, extended reading, storytelling and language change. He is currently is an associate trainer at NILE, a materials writer for Macmillan Education and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham.     

Marjorie Rosenberg


   Marjorie Rosenberg has been in the ELT field working in adult education since 1982.  Originally from the US, she worked in business before coming to Austria and today works primarily with corporate clients.  She spent a number of years in teacher training working at the Teacher Training  College in Austria and held Business English courses for teachers at NILE for five summers.  Marjorie worked with students from a variety of disciplines at the University of Graz  and is now doing research for the Language Institute on teacher development. In addition, she is an active conference presenter on topics such as business English, cooperative learning, NLP and learner preferences.  She has published business English materials with Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Cengage and Macmillan and is currently working on a major new project with an international publisher.  She has also published two methodology books on learner preferences with Delta Publishing and Wayzgoose Press.   

Jason Skeet


 Jason Skeet is an experienced teacher educator with a passion for CLIL and bilingual education. He has worked in secondary, FE and HE levels with a diversity of students, teachers and lecturers. In addition to CLIL, he is a trainer in English as a Second Language (ESL), E-Learning, coaching, and educational materials design.

After teaching in a bilingual school for seven years, he joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Utrecht University as a CLIL consultant and trainer. He also worked there as a course tutor on the U-TEAch Master’s programme, training international and bilingual school teachers. Since returning to the UK, he has been working with Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) as a trainer in CLIL and a course tutor on the MA in Professional Development in Language Education. He is also the Principal Examiner for the Cambridge International Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Bilingual Learners. Jason has PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory from Cardiff University. 

Jeff Stanford


 Jeff Stanford is a graduate in Russian and French from The University of Leeds and has UK postgraduate qualifications in applied linguistics, teacher training and interactive multimedia. Fluent in English, French and Spanish he also has good working knowledge of German and Russian. Jeff is currently based in Berlin and London and has in Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, Thailand, Germany and the UK.  Jeff works in four inter-related areas: EFL teacher training, E-learning, Communicative Assessment training and Communication Skills Training. Since 1999 he was worked as a tutor on the MA TESOL at Leicester University. He has written a book and several articles on creating a CLT approach using the moodle platform. Jeff’s main current projects include: EnSPIRe-U project with the British Council, advising on the development of a new ESP curriculum, teaching methodology and communicative assessment in HE throughout Uzbekistan. He has developed moodle platforms for a variety of training organisations such as,,  

Adrian Tennant


Adrian Tennant’s work spans a number of areas including materials writing, teacher training, consultancy work and conference presentations.

Adrian has written materials for all age groups and for a wide range of material types including web and online materials, electronic workbooks, CDROMs, video lessons, radio materials, traditional print materials, tests, worksheets, reference materials, methodology articles, training materials, courses for learners and teachers and much more.

He has been involved in teacher training globally and has extensive experience in many countries. Adrian specialises in methodology, materials development, trainer training and teaching in developing contexts.

In recent years he has also become involved in running Quality Assurance programmes (M&E) on a number of projects. This includes working on projects focussed on helping teachers working with refugees (in particular from the Syrian conflict). In early 2018 Adrian also wrote a nine-level curriculum framework for Relief International in Jordan. 

James Thomas


James Thomas has been delivering teacher training courses for the British Council in China at least once a year since 2002. These have mainly focussed on secondary school teacher development, though recently, James has been delivering EMI courses as well.  From 1997 to 2016, he was a lecturer at Masaryk University, most recently the head of teacher training in the English department of the Faculty of Arts. He specialised in Language Acquisition, Linguistics for Language Teachers, a range of practical methodology courses and the design of courses and resources.  In the last 12 months, he has dedicated himself to the preparation of resources for teacher trainers, teachers, language students and English for academic purposes. These are gradually being published under his own imprint,      

Andrew Walkley


   Andrew Walkley has 25 years experience as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. He is currently the co-director of Lexical Lab ( an educational services provider specialising in course design and consultancy, material writing and teacher training. With Lexical Lab, he runs and teaches on a summer school in London offering a varity of training courses for people in English Language education. He is the co-author of several coursebook series - Outcomes, Innovations and Perspectives (National Geographic Learning) and the methodology book Teaching lexically.     

Claire Whittaker



Dr. Claire Whittaker is a trainer and consultant, who has worked on ELT projects, run courses and delivered consultancies in Central, East and South East Europe, North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Latin America. 

Her professional interests lie in teacher and trainer training, blended learning, curriculum design, monitoring and evaluation, and research. Her interest in blended learning resulted in the British Council publication Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation,

Claire holds an EdD in TESOL from the University of Exeter and is on the editorial panel of the ELTjournal. 

Dorothy Zemach


   Dorothy Zemach provides teacher training, including presentations, workshops, curriculum development, materials design, and classroom observation and mentoring, supported by her 20+ years of classroom teaching. She has hands-on experience in SE Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, and Eastern Europe. A frequent international conference presenter, she has written and edited coursebooks and skills books for all of the major ELT publishers and runs her own small publishing company to provide more targeted books and materials. She is especially interested in academic English, business English, testing, and teaching writing and reading. 

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