Train the trainer


In 2003 Longman approached me and asked me to write a methodology book for business English teachers - the result was How to Teach Business English, published in 2005, shortlisted for a Ben Warren Trust Prize, and which is used as a course book in train-the-trainer courses all over the world. More recently I co-authored New Ways in Teaching Business English (TESOL, 2014) (nominated for an ELTon award), and How to Write Corporate Training Materials (ELT T2W, 2014).

As a teacher trainer I have trained hundreds of teachers in Europe and Asia. Some of this training has been organised in-house for corporations, others for language schools chains, and some for universities. I am often asked to run FTBE
preparation courses in different parts of the world, either online or face-to-face. I am currently a visiting professor at Hanshan Normal University in Chaozhou, and the School of Foreign Studies at Xi'an University, both in China. I have also taught on masters courses at the New School in New York and the University of Malta.

Over the years I have also been active in various professional organisations. For example, I was Chair of the English Language Teachers Association Berlin-Brandenburg from 1999 - 2001, Coordinator of the IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group BESIG) from 2002 - 2005, Honorary Secretary of IATEFL from 2004 - 2006, and 
ESP in Occupational Settings Representative on the TESOL ESP Interest Section Steering Committee from 2012 - 2014.  In November 2017 I rejoined the IATEFL BESIG committee, and was elected as Joint Coordinator, a position I share with Dana Poklepovic. I regularly speak at conferences and professional events in different parts of the world. 

My blog, English for the Workplace,
is aimed at teachers of business English and ESP.