Liz Walter

About the Author

I count myself very lucky to have fallen into a great job by accident.  Having graduated in German and Russian and feeling quite unsure of what to do next, I spotted a newspaper ad for compilers to work on a new range of bilingual dictionaries.  I applied, took an aptitude test, and landed my first job in lexicography.

Since then, I have worked on a huge number of dictionaries and vocabulary-related books: for native speaker and learners of English, general and special-subject, monolingual and bilingual.

For longer than I care to admit, I worked at Cambridge University Press, most of the time as senior commissioning editor for dictionaries, and was also involved in the development of vocabulary, pronunciation and methodology books.  In that job I travelled widely, lecturing on dictionaries and lexicography and talking to as many teachers and students as possible in order to research their needs and opinions.

I have taught students of many nationalities.  I did my CELTA at the Studio School in Cambridge and have been involved in voluntary teaching schemes for people coming to live in the UK.  I also have an MA in European Literature.

In 2007, my colleage Kate Woodford and I set up a small company, Cambridge Lexicography and Language Services, specializing in dictionaries and vocabulary related publishing.  This has given us new and diverse opportunities, including the chance to write for Delta!

Liz's Recent Blog Posts

  • Teaching particle meanings for phrasal verbs

    Is there any value in trying to teach students the meanings of adverbs and prepositions commonly used in phrasal verbs? Could it help them understand phrasal verbs they have never met before?   I was thinking about this the other day when a friend told me she was ‘Hoxtoned out’, by which she meant that [...]

  • The register of phrasal verbs

    When we were writing the examples and texts used in Phrasal Verbs for Natural English, a recurring problem was spotting rogue phrasal verbs that had crept into them. We had a rule that only the phrasal verbs being specifically practised in the unit should be used, to avoid confusing or overloading our students. This proved [...]

  • The word ‘collocation’.

    Can someone invent a new word for ‘collocation’, please? I’ve lost count of the time spent in meetings with marketing colleagues, agonizing over how to advertise the fact that a book is strong on teaching something that most of the world has never heard of.   When collocation is just one feature of the material, [...]