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!

Alastair Lane

I’ve been working in ELT since 1996. In the beginning, I was a teacher working in Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. I then worked as an editor for Oxford University Press from 2003 to 2006, before starting my freelance career. Since 2006, I have been based in Barcelona, where I now work developing materials for a range of different publishers. Like many people, I started teaching English abroad because I wanted to travel and to live in different countries, with all the challenges and excitement that that brings. Since then, I have really enjoyed meeting people from all around the world, and learning about their life experience. One of the joys of ELT for me is that as teachers, we’re always learning, and that means that every lesson is a new experience.

At the moment, I’m working as an author on adult courses for Richmond. I was the co-author with Paul Seligson on Essential English 5 (2010) and I worked on Richmond’s new adult course, The Big Picture. As I’m based in Spain, I’ve been involved in several Spanish schoolbook courses over the last few years. Amongst other projects, I was the author of the tests for levels 3 and 4 of Richmond’s ESO course English In Motion (2009).

Having taught many First Certificate courses, I wrote the Spotlight on FCE Exam Booster for Cengage (2009).In business English, I was the co-author of the Student’s Book for International Express elementary (second edition, 2006), as well as the author of the interactive material for Business Result elementary and upper-intermediate (all for Oxford University Press).

In addition to these books, I have written lots of exercises for CD-ROMs and websites over the years. So, when your students are doing a quick online exercise, it’s possible that the anonymous author of it was me! I’m a big fan of the early ELT course books like Access to English and the Peter Viney courses Streamline and Grapevine. I would love to work on a colourful, heavily illustrated course like that. I’ve also always wanted to visit Japan, and I’d love to teach there some day, but I’m very happy with my life in Barcelona for the time being!

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Carol Lethaby

Carol Lethaby (MA TESOL) lived and worked in Guadalajara for 14 years, at the Instituto Anglo-Mexicano, the Tec de Monterrey, the Universidad de Guadalajara, and training teachers for the British Council, Mexico.

Carol now lives in San Francisco, California, writing materials and consulting, as well as being a part-time lecturer on the New School New York online MA in TESOL and an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and City College of San Francisco. She is co-author of the Awesome, Next Step and The Big Picture coursebook series published by Richmond.



Mark Lloyd

I’ve been working in English Language Teaching since 1993, having graduated with a degree in Economics from Cambridge University. After nearly ten years as a teacher and Assistant Director of Studies in Spain (Madrid), I returned to the UK in 2003 to take the role of Director of Studies at a language school in Bath, and since 2010 I have been the Principal of the same school. Over the last ten years I have also been lucky enough to contribute in the writing of many different course books, workbooks and supplementary materials for Richmond and other publishing companies. My main projects with Richmond have been Framework and New Framework, Target KET and PET and The Big Picture. I also regularly contribute articles to a range of ELT publications and I am a frequent speaker at conferences and training events around Europe and the UK.


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