Born in England, Alan read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. In 1987 he emigrated to Japan, where he is employed as an associate professor of foreign languages and international education. Alan contributes to EnglishClub virtually daily by helping English learners with answers to their questions on the Grammar Help Desk. His interests apart from languages include tennis, chess and music—both popular and classical.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Matt studied at Monash and LaTrobe Universities before moving to Thailand to work as an ESL instructor. In 1992 he created the award-winning ESL board game Word Up. Since then he has divided his time between teaching English, marketing Word Up and creating more ESL materials, including his ebook 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context. Matt regularly contributes games, quizzes and vocabulary pages to EnglishClub. His other interests include music, reading and watching almost any kind of sport.
English-born Lucy has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, writer, TEFL consultant and Director of Studies for over 18 years. Her experience is varied: she has taught general English, English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes to adults. She has also taught teenagers and young children. She has the UCLES Diploma in TEFL, the Certificate in TEFL from the University of London, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the Diploma in Life Coaching. Lucy is passionate about teaching and learning and has shared her knowledge with students, teachers and colleagues for many years. She answers teachers' questions at the TEFL Help Desk and is the author of Lucy Pollard's Guide to Teaching English, an ebook for teachers.
Daniel is an independent documentary filmmaker and EFL enthusiast. He combines his passions for language and practical filmmaking to teach at various institutions around Europe and the United Kingdom. To celebrate Teflnet's 10th anniversary Daniel made the world's first TEFL documentary film Talking TEFL—a 60-minute exploration of the world of teaching English sponsored by Teflnet. Daniel documents his equally innovative documentary film for and about English learners, sponsored by EnglishClub, in the official EnglishClub film blog.
Tara is a Canadian freelance writer who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. Since trading her teaching career for self-employment in 2003, Tara has been telecommuting throughout North America and Asia, working with educational content producers, publishers and website owners. Tara's materials and articles are posted monthly at Teflnet and EnglishClub (where she is also the highly creative administrator of MyEC). Visit TaraBenwell.com for references and links to her most recent writing, including her personal blog Beyond ELT in which she discusses the challenges of balancing fiction-writing with self-employment and motherhood.
Alex Case has been a teacher, teacher trainer, DoS and editor in Turkey, Thailand, Spain, Greece, Italy, UK and now Korea. He has published a book with Macmillan and hundreds of articles, reviews, lessonplans and worksheets with Onestopenglish, MET, ETP and others. In addition to regularly contributing articles and teaching ideas to Teflnet, he is Teflnet Reviews Editor and writes the popular TEFLtastic blog.
Born in England, Liz obtained a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London University, before entering the world of EFL. Since taking the RSA CELTA Liz has worked for the British Council in Milan, gaining her RSA Diploma there. Apart from working as a freelance in-company language trainer, Liz is also an oral examiner for the Cambridge University Main Suite exams (KET, PET, FCE and CPE) as well as the BEC Preliminary, Vantage and Higher exams. Liz regularly contributes lessonplans, worksheets and other material to Teflnet and EnglishClub. Apart from writing EFL materials, Liz's interests include psychology. She is a qualified practitioner of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).
Jonathan is a British singer-songwriter who contributes songs for learning English to EnglishClub. Currently living in rural Bulgaria, Jonathan has a background in music and radio. His YouTube channel features a number of his songs and radio interviews.