Our authors are all highly trained professionals in the teaching and training field and have years of experience in classrooms across the world. This experience feeds into their writing ensuring that their materials are based directly on the reality of the language classroom. See below to find out more about them all, both inside and outside the classroom!
Paul Seligson has been involved in TEFL for over 30 years and is well-known globally for giving lively, highly practical talks and training sessions. He has taught in Algeria, France, Egypt, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Mexico, the UK and Spain where he spent 5 years as ADOS at the British Council in Valencia. He also set up and ran his own language school in Brighton and has vast experience at all levels of school management.
An MA in TEFL and a CELTA assessor, his many primary, secondary and adult publications include Helping Students to Speak for the Richmond Teacher’s Handbook Series, which he also edits, English File (OUP), English Teacher’s Portfolio (British Council, Brazil), Essential English 1-5 and Kids’ Web (both Richmond). In total, he has published over 40 books, along with scores of articles in international magazines. He has trained teachers in four continents, run COTE, DOTE, CELTA, DELTA, FTBE, Graduate and Post-graduate courses and given hundreds of conference sessions worldwide, in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He has also done consultancy work at scores of universities in Europe, North Africa, Western and Central Asia, and Latin America, and set up observation programmes in Spain, Turkey and Mexico. Most recently, he has been involved in providing training for State School teachers around Brazil.
Based in Rio de Janeiro, he works as a freelance teacher, trainer, author and consultant.
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Jim lives in Hastings, a historic coastal town in South-East England. He is married to Noémi and has two grown-up sons - Alex and Ben - a young daughter, Maisie and an even smaller son, Orlando. He has worked in many different countries, including two years in Kenya, three in the USSR and seven in Hungary. He is a frequent conference presenter and course leader around the world. He was head of the team that designed the Euro exams, now widely taken in Central Europe and has been actively involved with Cambridge ESOL exams including design of their online teacher portfolio. He designed and implemented the Bell Online Delta course. He is currently very interested in exploring the concept of “Demand-High” teaching.
Jim is Head of Teacher Development for Bell. His publications include Learning Teaching (ARELS Frank Bell Prize 1995), two business coursebooks, Teacher’s Book for the Straightforward coursebook series, Teaching English Grammar (HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union 2010 “Best Entry for Teachers”), Classroom Management Techniques (HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union 2012 “Overall Winner”) and Visual Grammar (Richmond 2013).
Pete Sharma started teaching in Madrid in 1980. He also taught in Finland before returning to the UK to become a Director of Studies in Stratford-upon-Avon. He ran an EFL summer school in Canterbury for many years before changing direction from management to Teacher Training. For many years, Pete was the teacher training co-ordinator for a business English organisation. His work as a writing skills and cultural-awareness trainer took him from the Middle East to Asia.
Pete was bitten by the technology bug, and now has written several books for teachers on technology-enhanced language learning, as well as content for multi-media products. He is a well-known conference presenter. A further change of direction saw him move into tertiary education, lecturing on English for Academic purposes at UK universities. Pete is now the Director of training for Pete Sharma Associates Ltd, a consultancy and training organisation.
Pete has written the Teachers' book for Richmond's @Work (Intermediate). His interests include technology in language teaching and teacher training. Out of the classroom, he's mad about film, loves to travel and has recently taken up yoga.
James Styring lives and works in Oxford, England. James loves languages and cycling. He divides his time between riding, writing, teaching — and a young family.
James graduated from Nottingham University in 1990 with an honours degree in English. He has taught English and Spanish in the UK, Spain and Australia. He worked for ten years in editorial roles in the ELT departments of Heinemann (now Macmillan) and then Oxford University Press, before becoming a freelance author in 2005.
James has written more than 50 English language teaching titles, from primary and secondary schoolbooks to business and adult material, including student's books, workbooks, resource books, digital tests and games, plays and readers. Recently co-authored titles include English Plus and Look Up (both OUP). He is also a successful journalist with a regular newspaper column about cycling.
As co-author of the Richmond Mazes, James has had great fun creating interesting characters and having them explore scenarios in their quests at work — "a thoroughly refreshing and enjoyable experience".
Watch an interview with James Styring and Alastair Lane to learn more about the Richmond Mazes