Teaching students at the final stage of their studies is both a challenge and a privilege -the same could be said about textbook writing. On the one hand, you want to support and motivate the students and tell them that everything’s going to be all right, on the other hand, you need to push them to their limits – and to surpass them. As a teacher, I embrace every day as a chance to go beyond my own limits, explore, try new approaches and discover something new and exciting. This book project has been another way to invent something new and different, see things from a different perspective, and work as part of a great team of brilliant people.
I have had some interesting jobs during my life: I’ve worked as an organist and as a research assistant at an audio lab, I’ve translated romantic novels and acted as an accompanist for a folk dance group. Luckily my current profession is every bit as interesting as these. And whoever thinks that school is a rigid institution that never changes is wrong! At the moment, the changing matriculation examination is providing plenty of new challenges to teachers and students alike. Hopefully the digital revision material we have created will give you tools to face these challenges with confidence and (at least relative) ease.
English has truly been my passion since I was five years old. Whether it was watching cartoons as a child or travelling the world, English has and always will be an important part of my life. Therefore, I am thrilled to share the wonders of this very same language with my students year after year while constantly trying to come up with new and exciting aspects to teaching it. Furthermore, co-authoring Abilities has been an interesting adventure with the best possible team. I really hope you find the book both useful in your studies and pleasant to use. Cheers!
I have quite a lot of experiences of textbook writing but the chance of creating material that is only going to be online made me say yes to Abilities. I guess I could say that while I am not a big enthusiast on digital teaching and testing I have learned to enjoy and appreciate some of it. I’ve been an English teacher for way over 20 years. I sometimes get tired of all the markings we need to do but I still enjoy the face-to-face interaction with students.
I miss the ball a lot when playing tennis, I’m not very strong or bendy in yoga. My passion has always been languages. I’ve studied English, Swedish, German, Spanish, Latin, French and Russian and have come to realize that language learning has to have a real connection to your everyday life to be meaningful and interesting. Being a teacher is great, because you learn new things every day while working together with your students and colleagues. I’m interested in developing online learning environments and writing teaching materials. And the best part is that you never have to do any of it alone: writing and teaching are team efforts.