Meet the Authors

Rudi Camerer

Rudi Camerer has worked in adult education and language testing for many years and is at present Director of a language and intercultural consultancy, elc-European Language Competence, Frankfurt. He is the author of a number of publications on the teaching and testing of intercultural competence. Training materials for secondary school students of English and French developed by elc, which combine the teaching of intercultural competence with foreign language teaching, have been awarded the European Language Label.

Julie Pratten

Julie Pratten has taught for over three decades specialising in BE and soft skills and is the leading author of banking and financial English publications including ‘Absolute Banking English’ and ‘Absolute Financial English’ by Delta Publishing. She developed the app Brighton Study Kit, a social initiative for the University of Brighton and Academic Flipwords, which focuses on vocabulary from the Academic Words List. Doing things differently in collaboration with others is what inspires her.

Michelle Hunter

Michelle Hunter is a certified coach and highly experienced Business English teacher. She has designed and implemented various language training courses and workshops for both in-service and pre-service learners in Germany. She has written extensively on business English training and development topics. Most recently, Michelle combined her teaching experience and coaching knowledge to achieve a Masters in Coaching in Education.

Ben Dobbs

Ben Dobbs is an international communication and leadership trainer and coach working with a range of clients internationally. He has delivered training and coaching in numerous countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. He is also a frequent conference speaker on matters of communication, coaching and culture. In coaching, Ben is interested in working with executives, leaders and academic writers and how organisations can establish coaching cultures.

Helen Waldron

Helen Waldron started her teaching career in her late teens when she joined the Liverpool adult literacy programme. After three decades running her own in-company language training business in the Hamburg area, she now also coaches and writes. Helen holds an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics and is a committee member of HELTA. Recently she has contributed to the Heart ELT project A-Z of Hope and co-authored A-Z of Global Issues (Academic Study Kit.)

Marcela Carrasco

Marcela Carrasco has been teaching English for over 30 years. Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, brought up in Tehran, Iran, then educated in the United States, Marcela spent her formative years in cultures at odds with each other. As the owner and director of a hugely successful language school in Cuenca, she has lived and breathed multiculturalism. As a bilingual teacher of English and Spanish, her identity is neither – she is one of the world’s new global citizens.

Linda Ruas

Linda Ruas has been teaching and training teachers for many years, in Brazil, Japan and now back home in London. Recently she’s worked on projects in São Tomé and Príncipe, has taught refugees at the camp in Calais and trained volunteer teachers of refugees in Greece. She currently teaches ESOL and CELTA at LSEC, London, is IATEFL Global Issues SIG Joint Coordinator and runs the New Internationalist Easier English wiki.

Judith Mader

Judith Mader has worked in many areas of English Language Teaching and testing. She is Head of Languages at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and Consultant at elc-European Language Competence, Frankfurt & Saarbrücken. She has published widely and, with Rudi Camerer, co-authored Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen 2012).

Erzsébet Békés

Erzsébet Békés is a Hungarian English teacher with more than 40 years of ELT experience. As a volunteer, she taught English to North African migrants in Crete, set up Language Improvement Centres in Ethiopia, spent six months teaching English for Tourism to members of an indigenous tribe in the Amazonian jungle and gave crash courses in Survival English to nomadic ‘sea gypsies’ while visiting Borneo. Based in Ecuador and working as a teacher trainer, she is a fully competent and proud non-native speaker teacher of English.

Emily Bryson

Emily Bryson is an ELT Materials Writer and ESOL Lecturer. She has written digital ELT materials for publishers such as MacMillan and the British Council. She has been an ESOL Lecturer at City of Glasgow College since 2007 and in that time has gained experience teaching all levels of ESOL students and developed a wide range of ESOL for Vocational Purposes courses. She has also completed various secondments such as; Project Co-ordinator at the ESOL Network Project, ESOL Development Officer at Education Scotland and Peer Education Programme Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council. In addition, she has spoken at various international conferences.


Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat is an independent Business English Trainer with a 20-year background in finance. Through her business, English with a Twist, she teaches professionals 1-1 offline through her home stay full immersion courses in the UK and online through her specialist online programs on English and business skills. She is the author of two ebooks: Business English Secrets and Small Talk To Go and an award-winning blogger.