Tyler Stiene Series illustrator, Tyler Stiene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in illustration and a minor in drawing from the Maine College of Art before moving abroad to teach English. During his time as an English teacher, he traveled and taught in a diverse variety of countries, including South Korea, Ethiopia, Singapore, and the U.S. Tyler holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from SIT Graduate Institute. He lives in Binghamton, New York.
Tana Reiff Tana Reiff holds a B.S. degree in elementary education and a master’s in secondary English with a concentration in applied linguistics. She has taught adult basic education, ESL, and college-level linguistics, and worked in multimedia communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She is the author of dozens of hi-lo books for readers of all ages.
David and Peggy Kehe David and Peggy Kehe have taught ESL for over 40 years. In the 1970s they spent two years teaching EFL as Peace Corps Volunteers in Niger, West Africa. After that, they taught for a year on Lesbos Island, Greece, for twelve years in colleges in Japan, and for a number of years in colleges in the United States: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. They both have MA degrees in Teaching ESL from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and have co-authored eight textbooks with Pro Lingua Associates.
Currently, Peggy is retired, and David is Faculty Emeritus at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. His blog for ESL teachers can be found at https://CommonSense-ESL.com.
Brian Cullen Dr. Brian Cullen originally trained and worked as an engineer and this background has helped greatly in the development of Humanity and Technology. He is a professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology in central Japan. His research interests include English for Specific Purposes, Creativity, Positive Psychology, and the use of music in the classroom. Other interests include guitar, flute, walking, and tai chi.
Paul Thompson This edition of Natural Speaking continues the tradition of providing students who are beyond the false beginner stage with fun and interesting English practice. This 15 unit edition has many more dialogue ideas and a rich plethora of pair work and group activities covering a wide range of topics. There are also now more listening activities than ever, 31 in fact. The material is suitable for most students in the mid-teens to young adult range.
The material in Natural Speaking is highly flexible, so that teachers can easily adjust the degree of complexity to match the level of their students. Most activities require some language input from the students, which means that the language content of the activity will reflect their level. Basic structures and expressions are provided to give assistance, but students are encouraged to go beyond the printed page. When students need to know more, they are expected to obtain information from their teacher or other students. Learning, therefore can develop at a natural pace, and in a more natural speaking environment.
Lesley Koustaff Lesley Koustaff is a passionate teacher trainer. She has conducted educational workshops all over Asia, The United States, Central and South America, and Turkey. Lesley lived and taught English to children in Japan for 15 years before coming to New York. In New York Lesley writes and edits material to teach children English. Lesley is from South Africa. She is the co-author of Oxford Discover, levels 1 and 2.
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