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Adrian is from Manchester (UK) but has spent most of his adult life in Italy. He has taught general and business English, along with academic English to international PhD students. He is the author of three discussion books for Cambridge University Press (Discussions A-Z Intermediate, Discussions A-Z Advanced, and The Book of Days), four business English courses for Oxford University Press, ten books on academic English for SpringerNature (with around 1.5 million legal downloads), along with six books for the BBC, Scholastic and BEP. Adrian runs a scientific English editing agency (e4ac.com) with his wife Anna Southern.
Anna has a BA Hons degree in French and Sociology, and postgraduate certificates in Development Studies, Public Health, and TEFL. She has worked as: Project Manager for both the British Council and the United Nations, both in the UK and overseas; ii) a freelance researcher for Carlton Television and the charity Crisis; iii) a researcher and Project Manager for the British National Health Service. Her publication record includes four ESL (Japan) books co-authored for the BBC, a photocopiable resource book co-authored for Scholastic, ten programme support guides for Carlton Television, two public reports for the charity Crisis, a community work guide for the National Health Service, a scientific paper for the International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, and a self-published novel entitled Not At Home. She lives in Pisa with her husband Adrian Wallwork, along with their son and black labrador.
Celine studied Social Sciences at the University of Pisa. After getting a CELTA certificate in 2013, she began working as a teacher and a private tutor for cultural organisations, NGOs and language schools in Italy and in the UK. She has worked in London for Embassy English and Bellerbys College, where she taught all general English levels, IELTS and English for Academic Studies with a prevalence of students from South Korea, China and Hong Kong. She is currently obtaining a DipTrans certificate and is an affiliate translator at the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Celine is the editor-at-large of GRIOT, an online media platform (griotmag.com) celebrating cultural and creative diversity from Africa and the African diaspora. She is the co-founder of LIT ets, a cultural non-profit organisation which develops projects in the art’s field. She is also a music producer and a DJ by the name Ehua. She has recently released her debut EP on the London-based label Femme Culture.
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Matt studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford. After getting his CELTA, he began working for Citylangues, a business English school in Paris. He has worked at Bell since 2014, where he is currently doing a Delta. He has a long-standing interest in using controversial subjects to engage students and often laments the lack of published material addressing so-called taboo subjects or ‘PARSNIPs’ (Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex/Sexuality, Nudity/Narcotics, Isms and Pork), which led him to conduct some research of his own, concluding that there is both an appetite and need for controversial subjects to be discussed in the EFL classroom. As part of this project, he trialled material from Discussions Volume 3. In his own words: Helping writing this book and subsequently using it in the classroom has helped me to explore more challenging topics, even with (seemingly) less open-minded students. When he isn’t teaching, Matt divides his time between playing the drums, campaigning on local housing issues, and bringing up his two year-old son.
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James studied English at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Psychology at the Open University. James spent 10 years working with adults and children with mental health disorders and pervasive developmental disorders. James ran his own company providing frameworks for teaching and development to this sector. Discontent with the political situation in GB and wishing to embrace European culture, James moved to Italy in 2018. James teaches in-company and also does 1-1 Skype lessons with students from all over the world. His experience with dealing with an incredible variety of people in the health and social care sector in the UK has developed transferable skills that he has put to good use in his teaching. His varied background has also enabled him to have an open mind as to what could (should) be discussed / taught in the language classroom if teachers were prepared to take a few more risks.
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Katie studied English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, graduating with First Class Honours. She went on to complete her Masters in the same subject at Royal Holloway University of London, gaining a Distinction. At the time of her contribution to Discussions You’ve Never Had, Katie was teaching English at Wall Street English in Massa (Italy) and working privately with her own students. Katie has since moved back to the UK and is currently writing and planning campaigns for an animal welfare charity. Katie is also a novelist and lives with her husband and two dogs.
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Liz studied for her BA in English and American Literature at the University of Kent (2008) followed by an MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University (2011). While studying, she co-hosted student literary conferences and interned at local and national publishing companies, including Honno Press in Wales and Penguin Books in London. Liz has taken on various roles, including: Content Production Manager at Pearson Plc, freelance editor and writer, and Project Manager at the community-focused nonprofit, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in Wisconsin, USA. She is currently the Grants and Communications Manager at C4K, a youth-serving mentoring nonprofit in Charlottesville, USA. Her experiences living and working both in the UK and US are reflected in her eclectic exercises in four of the books in the Discussions series.
Daniele has been working as a freelance designer for over twenty years, managing the visual, web and multimedia communication of his clients in Italy and abroad.
After graduating in Art and Visual Communications (Pisa, Italy), he studied Semiotics and Mass Communications at the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), television production at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Scripting and Markup languages for the web at Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA, USA) and completed the executive Masters in User Experience Design and Information Architecture at IULM University (Milan, Italy).
From 2006 to 2014, Daniele worked for Accordent Technologies and Polycom in California as a User Interface Designer and Team Manager of User Interface development departments for web applications.
For the Discussions series, Daniele collaborated with Adrian on the graphic design of the book covers of the series he then produced. He formatted the books in the series and managed the publication on Amazon. He designed the tefldiscussions.com website.