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Hear from these Voices Authors about what make the series so special

Lewis Lansford


Lewis got his first taste of teaching English in Barcelona in the late 1980s. The experience inspired him to get a Master’s in TESOL, after which he taught at a university language centre in Arizona and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, he took an editorial job with a major publisher in Hong Kong developing materials for Asia, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for English learners of all ages across the world. He currently lives in York.

Emily Bryson

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Emily Bryson is an ESOL lecturer, writer, teacher trainer and graphic facilitator. Her first teaching experience was at a summer school in Poland in 2002. After completing her MA in Social Sciences, she moved to South Korea to teach children and teenagers. On returning to Scotland, she took a job as an ESOL lecturer at City of Glasgow college, where she still teaches. Over the years she has completed secondments with the Scottish Refugee Council, Education Scotland and ESOL Network Project. Her materials writing experience extends to various print and digital materials for a number of ELT publishers. She frequently blogs and delivers teacher training. Her current areas of specific interest are the education of people seeking refuge, literacy, inclusion, accessibility, visual literacy and graphic facilitation. Emily is a co-author on the Voices program for young adult and adults from National Geographic Learning.

Chia Suan Chong


Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, where she presented her ADAPT model as a framework for dealing with intercultural conflict. Delivering both online and face-to-face training to teachers and learners around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. Currently based in York, Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019 and now has a regular feature ‘Not Only But Also’ in the bi-monthly ETp magazine. She has contributed extensively to Business English materials for the British Council Learn English website, is a regular ELT conference speaker and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT. Chia is also a co-author for Voices, an integrated-skills program from National Geographic Learning for young adult and adult learners of English.

Gary Pathare

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Gary Pathare has taught English in Spain, the UAE, Italy and England for over 30 years, in universities, colleges and language schools. He is an international presenter, teacher-trainer, and co-author for National Geographic Learning’s Reflect and Voices programs. Gary writes international exams for Cambridge Assessment and the British Council and has wide experience in examining IELTS, PET and FCE He has a Master’s in TESOL, a Trinity Diploma and a law degree. His main interest in English language teaching is developing and sharing innovative ways of teaching to suit specific contexts.


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