I write books and online materials for English language learners. These include original stories like Love by Design (Macmillan Readers) and Race Against Time, (Heinemann).
I have also written simplified versions of classics including Henry James' Washington Square & Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray. You can see a partial list of my books here.
I was very pleased that two of my readers (an adaptation of The Secret Garden & an original story The Big Match) were singled out for 'their particular excellence' in Bamford & Day's Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom (Cambridge, 1998). The authors very kindly described me as being 'amongst the best writers of language learner materials in English.’
I have also written for Ming Pao Daily and IATEFL Voices. I was also the BBC World Service Teacher Blogger in August 09 and part of the December 09 Open Blog team. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to blogging again for them in the future. My websites feature in Tips for Teaching with Call (2008, Pearson/Longman).
I live in Bristol with my wife, daughter and two cats.
I'm lucky enough to teach in Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Bristol is very special, too, even if it does rain occasionally!
Everything you wanted to know about the English language but were afraid to ask. 50 of the most popular posts from English Language FAQ with links to audio, worksheets etc. Includes sections on the grammar, the origins of English, spelling and a special Hipster's dictionary of trendy new terms.
Published: August 25, 2010.
Fiction » Adventure » General
Ruritania is about to have a new King. Young Rudolf Rassendyll of England is in Ruritania for the coronation. And Rupert is the ‘double’ of the new king ...
The Prisoner of Zenda is a classic adventure story. This simplified version is abridged and simplified for English language learners.
Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of grave robbing and murder in 1820s Edinburgh. Classic horror story based on the the real-life 'body snatchers', Burke and Hare. Abridged and adapted for English language learners and younger readers. Linked to glossary and learning activities here: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/ghost/bodysnatcher.html
A man was standing by the red light near the tunnel. ‘‘Look out!" he was calling. "Hello! You down there! Look out!'’
Classic Dickens ghost story abridged and simplified for English language learners.
For activities, glossary etc go to: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/signalman/signalman/activities.html
For more simplified ghost stories: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/
City are playing in the FA Cup Final for the first time. Matthew wants to be there at Wembley Stadium with his team - but he doesn't have a ticket. And there's his aunt's silly wedding.
The Big Match was singled out for its ‘particular excellence’ in Bamford & Day’s Extensive Reading in the English Language Classroom (Cambridge, 1998). An accompanying low-cost audiobook is also available