Lindsay Clandfield

About the Author

Hi, my name is Lindsay Clandfield and I am a teacher, teacher trainer and writer based in Spain. I have been writing materials for language learners since 2000, both online and in print. I have written material for Oxford University Press and Macmillan Publishers. If you have ever used the site Onestopenglish, it is quite likely that you have encountered some of my material. I have published something almost every month over the past seven years.

My first book for language teachers was the award-winning Dealing with Difficulties, co-written with Luke Prodromou and published by Delta Publishing. The positive experience led me to join the team at Delta to work on a new series, the Delta Teacher Development Series. It has been an honour to work with some of the best authors and editors in the English Language Teaching, in particular my co-editor of the series Mike Burghall.

I am interested in global issues in language teaching, critical thinking, teacher development, technology and innovation in teaching. I currently teach English to state school subject teachers (like History, Maths and Biology teachers) and work on online teacher training courses with Oxford TEFL and The Consultants-E. I also write a popular blog for language teachers called Six Things (

I live in a small town in the south of Spain with my wife and two sons.

Published Titles

Lindsay's Recent Blog Posts

  • ELT in Images – roads and book covers

    When we (the series editors and publisher at Delta) were talking about the new Teacher Development Book Series we had a long discussion about book covers. There’s a saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but I find I judge books by their covers all the time. A good cover should be noticeable from […]

  • ELT in Images – The Terminator

    Well, this is a slightly different image this time and it is probably influenced by a lot of the stuff I’ve been reading online recently about teaching and technology. There have been arguments back and forth about the effect of modern technology on education, especially IWBs (Interactive White Boards). Are they a blessing or a […]

  • ELT in Images – the jungle

    When I was talking to teachers as part of my research for the book Dealing with Difficulties this image came up again and again, especially at secondary level. “It’s a jungle in there,” people told me. It reminds me of the warnings new teachers get from the older, more cynical members of staff about difficult […]

  • ELT in Images – the performance artist

    Are teachers really wannabe perfromance artists? Is this what it boils down to? According to Harmer (1995) many teachers he interviewed described themselves as ‘actors’. Do you see yourself as a different person in the class as out of it, and if so does that make you an actor? How many language teachers are frustrated […]

  • ELT in Images – the scaffolding

    There are two things this image brings to mind immediately for me. One is a traditional metaphor I hear from newly qualified teachers when they are explaining an aspect of language. The other is a way more experienced teachers talk about an aspect of classroom management or communication management. Can you guess what, specifically, these […]