Author of the month
We're very proud of our amazing team of expert authors here at onestopenglish, so we're giving you the chance to get to know a little bit more about them. How did they start their writing careers? What materials have they written for onestopenglish? What are their top tips for becoming an ELT author?
Author of the month interviews
Aylin Graves, author of EAP for the 21st century learner, tells us about winning writing awards, being beyond embarrassment and how she keeps her writing fresh.
Kerry Maxwell, author of Buzzwords and Language for, tells us about lexicography, swimming in lochs and provides some tips for becoming an ELT author.
Lizzie Pinard, author of cultural series Compass, tells us about her ELT interests, winning an ELTon and offers her advice on becoming an ELT author.
Tom Walton, author of our Tech Task for the Class series, tells about a nightmare class, his technology blog and an awkward moment with a class of teenage girls.
Daniel Barber, author of our First Steps into series, tells us about teaching in a windowless basement, the experience of talking to a webcam and gives his advice on becoming an ELT author.
Rosemary Richey, author of Business Basics, talks about her love of Damascus and how working in the hotel business equipped her with the transferable skills for writing and teaching.
Frances Marnie, author of our ESOL series Absolute Beginners, tells us about her romance with the French capital, the rich melting pot of cultures she discovered in a small town in Scotland and why helping her students negotiate their daily lives is endlessly fulfilling.
Co-authors of our Mobile English series, Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney reveal all about their careers in English language teaching and writing. One of them has dabbled with stand-up comedy and the other used to be a technophobe – can you guess which?
Brian Boyd, author and creator Grammarman, reveals all about the origins of his correction-crusading superhero and life in bustling Bangkok. He also admits that although he’s a master illustrator, drawing diagrams on a whiteboard isn’t necessarily his strong point!
Brothers and creative duo Luke and James Vyner talk about their passion for producing original and exciting audio-based content (like their new cinematic listening series here on onestopenglish) and share a couple of ‘anecdotes for the boys’ in this illuminating tag-team interview.
Nik Peachey, digital guru and author of our Tech Tools for Teachers series, talks about the highs and lows of his personal experiences of education and explains how a lazy workaholic (his own words) came to get so interested in learning technologies. He also imparts some valuable advice on becoming a materials writer and gives tips on the wonders of self publishing online through blogs and e-books.
Co-author of our mini-plays series, and queen of all things dramatic, Liz Plampton takes us on a magical mystery tour of her life before and after teaching, and tells us why we should always listen to our mums.
Young Learners expert Carol Read explains how her love of Latin America was responsible for her career choice. She now lives in Madrid, which is also one of the most interesting places she has ever taught.
King of onestopclil, Keith Kelly reveals all about his love affair with Bulgaria, shares tales of a tough introduction to teaching in Bristol and gives a modest tip for budding CLIL authors.
Fortunately, the author of onestopenglish's new ESP series, Hospitality and Tourism, failed his interview for a job hiring out deckchairs at Brighton beach, otherwise his career might have taken a completely different turn.
Author of our fabulous new series Fun with grammar, Jill Hadfield, tells us about her globetrotting EFL career - from Bordeaux to Madagascar, from Tibet to the Antipodes - and offers some useful tips for aspiring writers.
Our pronunciation and Ask the Experts author, Jonathan Marks, on teaching English, writing and telling jokes, with a major get-out clause for our readers before the joke itself. Be warned!
Author of our excellent Business Tasks series, Adrian Doff, talks about his interesting background teaching during troubled times in the Middle East, and teases us with a riddle about a joke concerning a penguin.
Jamie is an exuberant Scot with a seemingly endless supply of original and imaginative teaching ideas. Here he tells us a bit about his career as a writer and English teacher.
Onestopenglish's fabulous Phonics author, Rachel Finnie, tells us about her life – from her beginnings on the wrong side of Birmingham to the joys of teaching and writing in Greece.
Onestopenglish's resident exams guru, Russell Whitehead, talks about the lure of teaching in London, the importance of comic timing, and gives an insight into his life as a freelance writer and consultant.
Onestopenglish's love affair with Adrian Tennant began over six years ago, resulting in a very long list of fantastic resources for the site. Here, Adrian talks about teaching and training all over the globe, as well as his fondness for a wise fool named Nasreddin.
Onestopenglish's queen of news lessons, and author of the new Spot on news lessons for teens, gives some great tips for budding materials writers and talks about her background in journalism, as well as a curious tale about a talking duck ...
Creator of the Sound Foundations Phonemic Chart, Adrian Underhill, regales us with tales of extreme teaching, improvisation and all that jazz ...
Onestopenglish favourite Jackie McAvoy thrills us with her tropical teaching and travelling tales and offers some useful tips on getting started as an ELT author.
Onestopenglish's king of news lessons and all things word-related, Tim Bowen, talks to us about his life and work, in particular, his career as a teacher trainer.
One of onestopenglish's longest-standing authors, Lindsay Clandfield, talks to us about his life and work, offering some great tips on how to become a top ELT author.