speaker image

Bess Bradfield


I’m a writer who’s been lucky enough to develop a wide range of materials for over 20 ELT titles, including Richmond’s Target FCE, The Big Picture, and now the exciting new Personal Best course.

In addition to over 15 years writing, editing and teaching in ELT, I was formerly a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary, where I helped to define the British idioms ‘who ate all the pies?’ and ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’. Sorry about that! I’ve always been passionate about language, literature and learning, and I also have a first-class BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. I currently live in Yorkshire, which happily provides many great reasons to get away from the desk and explore a landscape which inspired the Brontë sisters, David Hockney … and Downtown Abbey!

My favourite thing about Personal Best is……

There are many great features of Personal Best – from the innovative Personal Best challenges, to the engaging, motivating topics – but the skills syllabus is a particular highlight for me. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are taught independently from language work, equipping students in essential micro and macro skills, and boosting confidence and fluency. I hope the lessons are as enjoyable to use as they were to write!


  • award image Personal Best