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Faculty

The iTDi faculty includes some of the most respected and influential educators in ELT. They've written prize-winning methodology books, best-selling coursebooks, and innovative online training courses. iTDi faculty members are frequently invited to give plenary talks at international conferences and conduct teacher training workshops around the world. Until now, you either had to travel to a conference or enroll in a training or degree program to study with these educators. We are privileged to make their expertise available to teachers taking iTDi courses.

iTDi Faculty has written or contributed to these books

Meaning Into Words Intermediate Let's Take a Walk Application of Task-Based Learning in TESOL Meaning Into Words Upper Intermediate Think Read Write about language tasks for teachers active skills for communication 1 active skills for communication 2 active skills for communication an a-z of elt beyond the sentence introducing discourse analysis big questions in elt breaking rules business explorer 1 students book business explorer 1 business explorer 3 business goals 1 business goals 2 students book 2 business goals 3 students book 3 connect 1 connect 2 connect 3 connect 4 contrasting conversations conversatino from description to pedagogy english unlimited a1 english unlimited a2 english unlimited b1 english unlimited c1 global teachers book advanced global teachers book beginner global teachers book upper intermediate global teachers book grammar happy valley 1 happy valley 2 happy valley 3 how to teach grammar innovating efl teaching in asia kids box 5 kids box 6 language in use pre-intermediate language in use upper-intermediate language in use language links lg3e_lets_begin lg3e_sb1 lg3e_sb2 lg3e_sb3 lg3e_sb4 lg3e_sb5 lg3e_sb6 lg4e_lets_begin lg4e_sb1 lg4e_sb2 lg4e_sb3 lg4e_sb4 lg4e_sb5 lg4e_sb6 marathon mouth plus marathon mouth mastermind workbook 2 mastermind workbook motivate em natural grammar new interchange resource book 1 new interchange resource book new interchange training video our world 4 our world 6 passages 2nd edition 1 passages 2nd edition 2 teach english 2 teach english teaching grammar creatively teaching unplugged the business the celta course trainers manual try the opposite uncovering grammar
Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury

Scott is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years' experience in English language teaching. He is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New York, teaching on an on-line MATESOL program. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. Scott's writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology including The A-Z of ELT, How to Teach Grammar and Teaching Unplugged. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP) and was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group, whose archived website, called Teaching Unplugged, can be found here. Scott currently leads a fascinating community at the popular and thought-provoking blog, An A-Z of ELT.

Adrian Doff

Adrian Doff

Adrian Doff has taught English and trained teachers in Finland, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany and the UK. He has written a wide range of EFL coursebooks, supplementary books and teacher training material, mostly for Cambridge University Press. These include the coursebooks Meanings into Words, Language in Use and English Unlimited, the teacher-training book Teach English, the listening skills books in the Cambridge Skills for Fluency series and the self-study reference and practice series Language Links. He is currently living in Germany and working as a free-lance writer and teacher trainer, and works as a tutor on training courses for the CELTA and DELTA certificates. Adrian brings vast experience in teacher training to the iTDi online platform context.

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara has taught both English and ESL in the United States and EFL in Japan for more than 25 years. She earned her BA from Western Oregon University and her Masters in TESOL from Northern Arizona University. Barbara has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America, and is co-author of the best-selling young learners Let's Go series (Oxford University Press). She is also a founding member of the JALT Teaching Children special interest group. Her motto is "Always try new things," so these days, when she's not teaching, writing, or giving workshops; you'll often find Barbara online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you'd like to explore with her, you can usually find Barbara on her award winning blog, Teaching Village.

Steven Herder

Steven Herder

Steven has been teaching within the Japanese EFL context since 1989. Having over 20 years teaching experience at the elementary and secondary school level, he is currently an assistant professor in the International Studies department at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts. He is also extremely active in professional development within the ELT community. He co-founded MASH Collaboration in 2007, an online community devoted to professional development through collaboration. He is an avid user of Skype and can often be heard saying, "Collaboration creates just the right amount of tension to get lots done." He also spends time editing numerous articles, academic volumes and proceedings, and leading teacher training seminars for various companies throughout Japan. Steven works from the perspective that, "being a teacher means a never-ending commitment to learning".

Lesley Koustaff

Lesley Koustaff

Lesley has taught both English in the Taiwan, Japan and The United States. She taught EFL in Japan for 15 years. She earned her Masters in TESOL from The School for International Training in Vermont. Lesley has also worked for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, producing books to teach children English. Lesley's real love is teacher training, and she has conducted teacher-training workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America. She believes that no student cares what you know until they know you care. Her motto is "Explore" so you can find Lesley exploring art at The Met Museum in New York City as a volunteer, and doing her best to explore the gym...without much success!

Nicola Meldrum

Nicola Meldrum

Nicola started her teaching career in Barcelona, Spain in 1999. She is still based there and is now a freelance teacher and teacher trainer. Nicola's current roles include Course Director of a Diploma TESOL course, designing online courses for teachers and learners, tutoring on Cert. TESOL courses and coaching ESP learners. As well as helping to organize local teacher development events, Nicola has delivered workshops all over Spain for primary and secondary school teachers on a variety of topics. She has also written a wide range of articles and teaching materials. Her current area of research interest is in involving language learners more in teacher training courses and she recently presented on this topic at the IATEFL conference.

Eric Kane

Eric Kane

Eric is a teacher, teacher trainer and author with 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of ELF Learning, an education company based in Japan which creates music, video and materials for young learners. ELF's publications include Think Read Write, Kids Songs 1, Lily and the Moon. ELF also has a YouTube Channel for children with over 20 million views worldwide. Eric has given over 30 presentations at the local, regional and national level in Japan and Indonesia on a variety of topics related to the young learner classroom.

John F. Fanselow

John F. Fanselow

John became involved in ESOL by becoming a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. Upon completion of Ph.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College, he joined the faculty. At Teachers College, his main interest was observation and analysis of interactions, both inside and outside of classrooms. "Beyond Rashomon" and "Let's see", two of his seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly, have been reprinted in many anthologies. "Beyond Rashomon" was the basis of Breaking Rules (Longman, 1987) and "Let's See" was the basis of Contrasting Conversations (Longman, 1992, reprinted 2010). Try the Opposite (SIMUL, 1992, reprinted 2010) grew out of his work with teachers in Japan. He has been active professionally, serving as president of TESOL International and president of New York TESOL.

Chuck Sandy

Chuck Sandy

Chuck is a teacher, teacher trainer, author & educational activist with 30 years of experience in the US, Japan and Brazil. His many publications include the Passages and Connect series from Cambridge University Press and the Active Skills For Communication series from Cengage Learning. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the world. Chuck believes that positive change in education happens one student, one classroom, and one school at a time, and that it arises most readily out of dialogue and in collaboration with other educators. This is the reason he has built a Facebook group with over 9000 teachers from 24 countries that meet for ongoing educational discussions. It is also the reason he has worked to introduce Design For Change into Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and Russia.

Gareth Knight

Gareth Knight

Gareth has worked in the education field in Asia for more than twenty years. Leaving London and a career at British Telecom, Gareth headed to Tokyo to work in educational publishing and training. He co-founded a highly successful corporate training venture within a leading Japanese educational publisher. He joined Cambridge University Press in Tokyo and led their sales and marketing drive into the Japanese market. Armed with an MSc in Teaching English, Gareth moved to Bangkok in 1997 and lectured post-graduate linguistics at Srinakharinwirot University. During this spell, Gareth authored two textbook series published by Cambridge. In 2000, Gareth rejoined Cambridge to build sales channels and marketing throughout Southeast Asia for educational product. He became the Asia group director for Cambridge Learning.

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate has taught English for over 20 years in Spain, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador. She earned her Bachelor's and post-graduate degrees from the University of London and the University of York (UK). Kate has written a variety of successful EFL coursebooks, supplementary books, and teacher's materials. Her co-publications include: Interchange Teacher's Editions (Cambridge University Press), Mastermind workbooks (Macmillan) and Teacher Resource Books for Kid's Box (CUP). She is author of two Student Books for the new primary series Our World (National Geographic Learning). Kate has conducted workshps, seminars and plenaries in 23 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. she currently lives in Ecuador and works as a freelance author, teacher, and teacher trainer.

Frances Watkins

Frances Watkins

Frances is a teacher and trainer, though she currently spends much of her time writing EFL materials: in the past few years she has contributed to website materials, written teachers' books, resource materials and she has also worked on student books, mainly for Macmillan publishers. She has spent many years working as a teacher and trainer in Hungary, Singapore, Oman and the UK, both on pre-service and in-service courses. At some points in her life she can honestly say that she 'lived' for EFL! She still feels very passionate about it, but these days she also likes to pursue other interests: She enjoys knitting and embroidery and also loves walking, yoga and travel.

Catherine Littlehale Oki

Catherine Littlehale Oki

Catherine has taught EFL in Japan for 14 years. She has a BA from the University of Mary Washington in Anthropology with a concentration in Gender Studies and her MA with Distinction in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York in England. She is co-author of the new book series, Happy Valley, a 3 level course for kindergarten children, published by Modern English. She currently teaches at Notre Dame Elementary School in Kyoto, Japan. She is also teaching courses on Teaching English to Young Learners in the English Department at Konan Women's University, in Kobe, Japan. Currently, she is the Membership Chair of the Teaching Children's Special Interest Group of the Japan Association of English Teachers. She has trained teachers in Indonesia, Vietnam and most extensively in Japan. Her motto is "upwards and onwards" so when she isn't teaching or training, she is looking for new projects and learning opportunities. Catherine cherishes time for yoga, family and her family of friends.

Theron Muller

Theron Muller

Theron is a teacher and researcher based in Japan, and is current an Associate Professor at the University of Toyama, Japan. His publications include exploration of TBL, including a chapter in the award-winning book, Teachers Exploring Tasks, and various essays on academic publishing. He is also lead editor on two book projects related to EFL, including Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Currently, his research interests include investigating the experiences of authors pursuing academic publication, journal review systems, and improvement of distance MA programs. A Featured Speaker at JALT2011, he is active with JALT Publications, an Associate Editor with the Asian ESP Journal, part of the University of Birmingham CELS Open Distance Learning team, and an active member of MASH Collaboration, where he is an instructor for the online MASH Academic Publishing course.