What is ELT Teacher 2 Writer?
ELT Teacher 2 Writer is two things – firstly, we publish eBooks that train teachers in the craft and skills of ELT writing. These are available via Amazon and Smashwords (which distributes to iBooks, Barnes and Noble, etc). There are training courses for writers of fiction and poetry, so why not ELT materials?
Secondly, it’s a database of writers, ranging from already widely-published writers, to enthusiastic teachers who write for their own teaching situations and want to find a wider audience. Any of the publishers whose logos are on our home page have free access to the database, enabling them to search for writers who match the criteria of the projects they’re looking to resource. For example, a publisher can search for people with experience of teaching secondary classes in Spain and Poland, and who have had materials published. Another search could be done for people who have IELTS experience and who are willing to give feedback to a publisher on the materials they’re currently using in the class. This kind of information would typically take a publisher weeks to gather, but using our database it can be done by sending a batch email and collected literally overnight.
I studied French at University and once I’d graduated, moving to France seemed to be the obvious thing to do. I worked for an oil prospecting company as a bilingual secretary for a few years and the best thing that came out of that was learning to touch-type. That skill has served me well in my writing. I won’t admit how long ago it was, but suffice to say I was a whizz on the telex machine. I got my first English Language teaching job in Lyons, France in 1983. I did my Dip TEFL there in 1985, and then came back to Oxford where I started working for a teachers' cooperative. I stayed there for 18 years, and while I was there, I was in charge of supplementary materials. By a stroke of good fortune, I met Simon Greenall who asked me to write the Resource Packs to go alongside his best-selling course, Reward. Since then, I’ve been involved in many writing projects, including the Inside Out and New Inside Out series and Focus, an upper secondary course, both of which I co-wrote with Vaughan Jones. I’m very happy to be working on ELT Teacher 2 Writer with Karen and Karen – we go way back, and without them Inside Out would never have seen the light of day. Karen Spiller was the Publisher who commissioned it, and Karen White was the Editorial Manager on both editions. Working together on ELT Teacher 2 Writer is a perfect way for us to share our joint experience in the profession, and an extremely stimulating and enjoyable project to be part of.
I became interested in ELT materials writing and editing while I was working at Bilkent University in Turkey during the 90s. I was lucky enough to get a place on a materials-writing course which was set up for Bilkent and run at Reading University over a summer. When we went back to Ankara I worked in a small team writing a series of Student’s Books, Workbooks and Teacher’s Books and I knew then that I had found something that I really enjoyed. From there it was an obvious move into publishing when I returned to the UK, and I’ve never looked back. Having worked my way from Editor to Publishing Manager in jobs with Richmond, Prentice Hall, Burlington Books and Macmillan, I left to become a freelance editor and project manager in 2008. Since then I've spent my time doing everything from proofreading to managing multi-level, multi-component print and digital courses and training editors. Starting ELT Teacher 2 Writer with Karen and Sue, and watching it develop, has added another dimension to my work, and one I thoroughly enjoy.
I studied French and Spanish at university, then moved to Spain and started teaching English. I joined OUP as a rep and spent some happy years racing round the country promoting the OUP list. Anyone remember Access to English and Streamline? I then worked as a Field editor for Heinemann in Madrid before moving back to the UK, and starting to learn the editorial trade with Heinemann and Macmillan. As the Publisher reponsible for Spain and the general adult list, I had the good fortune to work with many talented authors, including Sue as her publisher on Inside Out. In 2000 I moved to Paris and worked for Hachette Livre as Director of International Development and was involved in opening up new markets for their educational and children's publishing. I re-connected with my ELT roots in 2003 when I left Hachette and came back to Oxford to become a freelance project manager and publishing consultant. These days I help publishers find new authors, develop writing briefs and manage the materials from great ideas to published books. The thrill of seeing a newly-published book for the first time is as great as ever. Recent titles I've commissioned include Life (an adult course for National Geographic Learning/Cengage) and Keynote (a TED-based course also for NGL). I love working on T2W with Karen and Sue because they're the best in the business!