Annie McDonald

Her teaching career began in Liverpool, way back in 1979, where she worked as a secondary school teacher of History. She taught all ages and levels, but found herself particularly intrigued by the challenges of pupils who seemed to lack motivation. She trained and moved into EFL in 1985, and began by teaching conversation to 11-year-olds in a Turkish secondary school. Since then, she has taught general English to learners of all levels and for different exams, and English for Specific Purposes (for example, for Air Traffic Control, Journalism, Audio-visual Communication and Advertising). Over the years, whilst still enjoying the classroom, she has become interested in learning and learner training, the Common European Framework of Reference, course and syllabus design, and testing. She feels privileged to have had the opportunity to share the benefits of her experience by giving teacher training courses, presenting at ELT conferences and through various publications.