Sue Kay studied at Birmingham University, unaware that it would later be the home of the prestigious Bank of English and one of the first places to carry out corpus-based research into the English language. Sue's subject was French, and when she graduated, she didn't go straight into teaching. Sue did a post-graduate course at the Oxford College of F.E. and became a bilingual secretary on the Cote d'Azur in France. Sue married in Vallauris, within sight of Picasso's 'Man and Goat' statue, and her son William was born there too, giving him the double advantage of having a very glamorous place of birth (Cannes) and growing up bilingual. Sue moved to Lyon where she started teaching English after the customary four-week TEFL course at IH in London. She loved Lyon and worked alongside people who went on to set up one of the most impressive and innovative schools she knew - English International. After meeting fellow co-author Vaughan Jones, they began writing the Inside Out series together. Vaughan Jones has been involved in TEFL in one way or another for all of his working life. He stumbled into it early on in Grenoble, France where he had gone straight after university to seek glory on the rugby field. Sadly, in the early eighties, rugby was still very much an amateur sport so Vaughan needed a job to pay for the beer. Through various rugby contacts he got a teaching post at the local Chambre de Commerce and spent two very stimulating years relearning his native tongue through the eyes of his French students. After many different experiences of learning English, teaching English and also being a Sales Rep for Heinemann, which allowed Vaughan to travel far and wide, he decided to move back to England as he had recently just had a new-born child. Settling in a new role, for Heinemann, at the HQ in Oxford Vaughan became frustrated and bored with this role and wanted to try his hand in writing. Since then, he has returned back to teaching and co-authored Inside Out with Sue Kay.
Tania Bastow has taught in the UK and in Italy for some 12 years, during which time she has also co-written books on pairwork. She has given various talks for the British Council and IATEFL in both the UK and Italy. Tania co-wrote Inside Out and American Inside Out. Amanda Jeffries is a teacher, teacher educator and author specialising in teaching advanced learners. She has taught in Chile and in the UK, and is currently working with university students and teachers in Oxford. For Macmillan, she has written the workbook and contributed writing pages for Straightforward Advanced. She is co-author of New Inside Out Advanced. She has also contributed writing, review and study skills sections to the Global series and is co-author of Global Advanced.
Ceri Jones has been working in ELT since 1986. She has worked as a teacher, trainer and manager in Italy, Hungary, Spain and the UK. She has been involved in both initial and INSET training for both the private and public sectors and in on-going teacher development as DOS at a large IH school in Spain. In 1998 she received an MA in TEFL from Reading University and at the same time she started writing teaching materials. She has been involved in several coursebook series (Inside Out, Framework and Straightforward) as well as writing support materials for graded readers and authentic literary texts. At present she's working as a freelance writer and trainer in Cadiz, Andalucia, but as soon as her children are old enough, she plans to get back into the classroom.
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