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John Wiltshier, series consultant

John Wiltshier has been teaching ESL for over 25 years and is currently a Professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University in Sendai, Japan. He has presented nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe and the US. John is co-author of the highly successful English Firsthand series – 5th edition, published in 2018. In addition, he was author and series consultant of the global six-level primary course Our Discovery Island (now adapted to Poptropica English).

Authors

Shawna Cole

Shawna Cole has spent more than 15 years in the education and ESL fields in various capacities including teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer. Her passion has always been teacher training and teaching excellence. She has had the pleasure of sharing this passion with hundreds of teacher trainees over the last 10 years as a TESOL instructor and by presenting and hosting workshops internationally. As a freelance consultant in recent years, she has been involved in the development of more than 30 programs and courses for various corporations, ESL schools, and private career colleges across Canada. She is also the co-founder and CEO of EDICA, an educational development institute that focuses on training and certifying instructional designers and facilitators, and provides international professional development programs for educators.

Sonia Egron

Sonia Egron has been teaching ESL for 17 years and is currently a teacher at the Collège International Marie de France in Montreal, Canada. She has been authoring ESL material since 2012. Sonia is co-author of the enriched ESL textbook Raising the Bar 5, published in 2013, as well as the ESL textbook On Track 3 published in 2018. She has also authored material used by the University of Ottawa for a special ESL teaching project in Haiti.

Natasha Forgues

Natasha Forgues has been teaching ESL for over six years in the classroom and online. She is currently teaching at Languages Across Borders in Montreal, Canada. Natasha has also contributed to various Pearson ELT publications including Leap 2, Avenues 3, and Goals, Second Edition.

Diego Pelaez Gaetz

Diego Pelaez Gaetz has been teaching ESL for eight years, and is currently a teacher at Languages Across Borders in Montreal, Canada. He has contributed to several ELT textbooks for Pearson ELT, including Avenues 3 in 2018. In addition, he was a co-author of Goals, Second Edition in 2017.

Ken Lackman

Ken Lackman started teaching EFL and developing materials in Prague in 1995. Since that time, he has also served as an academic director and a CELTA trainer. He is currently working as an EAP instructor at Ryerson University in Toronto and as a freelance writer. He has written or co-written over 20 books and has had several articles published in English Teaching Professional. He is a frequent presenter at conferences in Canada as well as at the IATEFL conference in the UK.

Michelle McNaughton

An avid traveller, Michelle McNaughton studied abroad throughout her undergraduate degree and upon graduating, Michelle started teaching in different parts of North America after earning her CELTA diploma. With over 10 years in the English Language Teaching field, Michelle has taught English to students of many levels, ages, and backgrounds. In that time, Michelle’s passion extended into the professional development of those in her field as both a TESOL trainer and practicum host. Michelle believes in the CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) approach and teaches language as a function at the core of her lessons. Michelle is currently continuing her lifelong connection in education in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Afshin Vatandoost

Afshin Vatandoost is an English teacher, teacher educator, and curriculum designer, with an MA in ELT and over 28 years’ experience in the field of English language teaching. He has taught English, educated teachers in various programs including CELTA and TESOL, developed curricula and materials, and presented in Canada, Iran, and Mexico. Currently, he is an ESL and EAP teacher at ILSC Toronto, and he continues his other ELT-related activities internationally.