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Meet our experts at Cambridge English Teacher

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Cambridge English Teacher does not recommend one approach to support the teaching and learning of language. We suggest a learner- centred approach where teachers respond and adapt their teaching to support the needs of their learners.

Sometimes the class is highly communicative, with group and pair work, but at other times, the teacher guides and leads from the front of the class. The skill of the teacher is in knowing which approach to use and when to use it.

The people at Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press who have produced Cambridge English Teacher are experts in English language teaching. They have worked as teachers, teacher trainers and academic managers in countries across the world, and all have ELTqualifications such as CELTADelta and MAs. In addition, the team has a wealth of experience in publishing print and online support material for EFL/ESOL teachers and trainers in the fields of methodology and applied linguistics. Let’s get to know a few things about them below:


Amanda French

Amanda French

Amanda French works as Academic English Co-ordinator and teacher trainer at Languages International, Auckland.

She has been involved in teacher development since 1996, running CELTA and TESOL courses and TKTpreparation programmes. She has taught in language schools in the UK, Greece and New Zealand.

She has written a range of popular CAEIELTS and KET self-study and course books.

Lucy Gubbin

Lucy Gubbin

Lucy Gubbin has an MA in Applied Linguistics and has worked in language schools in Japan, Spain and the UK. For the last 15 years she has been working as a teacher trainer and Cambridge examiner.

Her involvement in IELTS examining has included writing tasks, test paper construction, oral assessments and presentations.

Dr. Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins

Dr. Peter Watkins is a Principal Lecturer in English and Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth.

As well as his involvement with Cambridge English Teacher, he is also the author of Learning to Teach English (2005, Delta Publishing) and the co-author (with Scott Thornbury) of The CELTA Course (2007, Cambridge University Press).

Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey has been involved in ELT since 1992. He has worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer and technology trainer. Since 2007 he has been working freelance as a technology writer, trainer and consultant. He creates custom made face to face and online training courses for teachers and has been involved in a number of major training consultancies for ELT publishers and education ministries around the world.

Since returning to the UK in 2010 he has been working part time for Bell Educational Services and lecturing in Media and Technology at the University of Westminster.

Dafne Gonzalez

Dafne Gonzalez(1)

Dafne Gonzalez has been an EFL/ESP teacher for more than 30 years. She graduated in Language Teaching, has a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics, and a PhD in Education from Universidad de Valencia in Spain.

She is a professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela, and designs and teaches technology-related courses (blended and online) at graduate level, including online English for Architecture and Urban Planning courses.

Dafne is a frequent presenter at international conferences, and has published articles and chapters in different international journals and books in the areas of language teaching, e-learning and virtual worlds.

Marie Therese Swabey

Marie Therese Swabey

Marie Therese Swabey has been involved in English Language teaching for more than 30 years as a teacher and a teacher trainer. She has taught in the UK in both the private and state sector and in Italy, Africa and the United States. She has developed materials for teachers and trainers for Cambridge English Language Assessment and writes DELTA and TKT exams.


Lynn Durrant

Lynn Durrant

Lynn Durrant works as Head of Young Learner Teacher Trainer and is a CELTA Trainer at International House Barcelona. She has worked in training and teaching for over 25 years and has given seminars and  training courses in many different parts of the world. She has  written a range of materials linked to young learners and has co-written several course books for primary, secondary and young adult learners. Lynn is author of Teaching Primary Learners Communicatively.

Kay Bentley

Kay Bentley

Kay Bentley has taught learners and trained teachers in primary and secondary bilingual and CLIL European programmes since 1998. She has a Masters in Education and is a tutor and supervisor for an MA CLIL module. She has written articles, materials and books on CLIL and is chair of the University of Cambridge TKTCLIL module. Kay is author of CLIL: Introduction to Theory and Practice.


Mary Spratt

Mary Spratt

Mary Spratt has been involved in different aspects of English language teaching for over 30 years. She regularly does conference presenting, materials writing, research, teacher training and materials production for teacher exams. She is free lance and has authored or co-authored  several ELT coursebooks.

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Eric Baber


Eric Baber works for Cambridge University Press, supporting the teachers and institutions who use their online courses. He is also currently President of IATEFL. Over the course of his career, Eric has taught English in Germany, Thailand, Laos and the UK. He has also worked as a teacher trainer, course developer, university lecturer and online course tutor. Eric is especially interested in online learning and teaching with technology and has published several books on the topic.

Alastair Horne

Alastair Horne

Alastair Horne is Social Media and Communities Manager at Cambridge University Press. He’s responsible for the webinars, articles and discussions on Cambridge English Teacher.

As Visiting Lecturer in English at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, he taught English to undergraduates and staff for three years. Since then he’s worked in educational publishing, developing a wide range of materials for learners.

Cambridge English Teacher connects you to a network of teachers across the globe and provides you with access to valuable professional development tools, resources and webinars to help you enhance your English teaching skills and build your confidence, as well as your career.


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