About us

Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald have been teachers of English since the early '80s, in various countries around the world. Over the years, we have each developed different skills and specialist interests within the field of EFL, and here we bring these complementary skills together.

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Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock: ELT writer, speaker and teacher

I got my first teaching job in 1984, working at a large boys secondary school in El Obeid, Sudan. This experience made it very clear to me that there's a lot more to teaching English than just being able to speak the language!

Annie McDonald

Annie McDonald: ELT writer, speaker and teacher

My teaching career began in Liverpool, way back in 1979, where I worked as a secondary school teacher of History. I taught all ages and levels, but found myself particularly intrigued by the challenges of pupils who seemed to lack motivation.