Ron Carter

Professor of Modern English Language in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of numerous books on language education,literary linguistics, applied linguistics and co-author of two recent books on grammar: Cambridge Grammar of English (CUP, 2006) and English Grammar Today (CUP, 2011).

Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton is an experienced A level English Language teacher who works at The Sixth Form College, Colchester and previously taught at St Francis Xavier College in south London. He is also a senior examiner and moderator for AQA English Language and has written or co-written several A level textbooks and student handbooks. He worked as a Research Fellow on the UCL Survey of English Usage Teaching English Grammar in Schools KT project before returning to teaching and writing. His A level English Language blog can be found here:

Rod Ellis

Rod Ellis is currently Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, where he teaches postgraduate courses on second language acquisition, individual differences in language learning and task-based teaching.  He is also a professor in the MA in TESOL program in Anaheim University and a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program.  His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His books include Understanding Second Language Acquisition (BAAL Prize 1986) and The Study of Second Language Acquisition (Duke of Edinburgh prize 1995), Task-Based Learning and Teaching early (2003), and Analyzing Learner Language (with Gary Barkhuizen) in (2005). A second edition of The Study of Second Language Acquisition was published in 2008 and Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Language Learning, Testing and Teaching in 2009. He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman).  He is also currently editor of the journal Language Teaching Research.  In addition to his current position in New Zealand, he has worked in schools in Spain and Zambia and in universities in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. He has also conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.

Marcello Giovanelli

Marcello Giovanelli is a Lecturer in English in Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.He has taught English language and linguistics in secondary and higher education and has significant experience as an A level senior examiner, moderator, and advisor for a leading examination board. He is the co-author of two A level textbooks, and has a research publication record in stylistics and educational linguistics. His current research interests include exploring the value of cognitive linguistics as a pedagogical tool for supporting the teaching of grammar and knowledge about language in the secondary school classroom.


Craig Hancock

Craig Hancock is Director of Writing and Reading for the Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany, working to help non-mainstream, underprepared students meet the sophisticated literacy challenges of a major university. He has long been interested in how language choice participates in the construction of effective text and has long advocated for direct teaching of discourse oriented knowledge about language in all levels of the curriculum. His book, Meaning Centered Grammar (Equinox, 2005) has been called “an excellent introduction to traditional grammar viewed within a functional perspective. “

Geoffrey Leech

Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at Lancaster University. Author of over 30 books and over 120 articles in English grammar, semantics, pragmatics, stylistics and corpus linguistics. He is a co-author of two major reference grammars of English: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985) and Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999), both published by Longman/Pearson.

Debra Myhill

A former secondary English teacher, Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.  Debra leads the PGCE Secondary English programme and  researches aspects of language and literacy teaching, particularly writing and grammar, and talk in the classroom.  She has led four ESRC-funded research projects; one on talk for learning and three on writing and one funded by Esmee Fairbairn, examining the transition from talk to text in KS1 writers; and has undertaken commissioned research for Ofsted, QCA and the DfE, including the National Evaluation of the Every Child a Writer programme.  In addition, she has co-convened an ESRC Research Seminar series ‘Reconceptualising Writing’; and given research presentations at numerous conferences, national and international, for both professional and research communities.  She is the author/co-author of several books including:  Talking, Listening, Learning:  Effective Talk in the Primary Classroom (Open University Press);  Using Talk to Support Writing (Sage);   The Handbook of Writing Development (Sage) and Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers (Routledge).

 Agneta Svalberg

Agneta Svalberg lectures and supervises in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the School of Education, University of Leicester, UK. Her main research interests are the teaching, learning and use of grammar, and Language Awareness. At present she is researching how experienced and novice English teachers construct knowledge by engaging with grammar awareness tasks. Before becoming an academic, she taught EFL for twenty years in a number of countries.

Anette Wulff

Anette Wulff holds an M.A. in English language and literature and a B.A. in Scandinavian languages. She also has a B.Ed. from a Danish teacher training college.  Since 1974 Anette has taught at various levels – covering more or less the   whole range of the Danish educational system, i.e. primary school, secondary school, private teacher training college, and technical and business colleges. She has been teaching at the University of Southern Denmark since 1999.  Courses include oral and written   English proficiency, English grammar, British cultural history, and social studies.  In addition Anette works free-lance as a translator (Danish/English and   English/Danish) for some publishers and has edited two works dealing with   multimedia: Man and Technology (1994) and PC’s and Stuff (1997). She has also   arranged interdisciplinary courses for teachers.  Within the VISL project, Anette is helping to coordinate courses, workshops, and demonstrations for potential users of the VISL system in Denmark and   abroad.

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