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Sheelagh Deller

I have been involved in EFL in a number of ways since the early 80’s. I followed the track of teaching one to one, then groups, then teachers, then teacher trainers and alongside that writing articles and books. One of my current interests is CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and most of my work has been through Pilgrims, Canterbury.

In 2002 Delta published Using the Mother Tongue which I wrote with Mario Rinvolucri. This is a controversial topic which we feel is very important and judging by people’s reactions to it it’s certainly creating a stir!

I spend most of my time working with teachers on courses in UK or in their countries. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and be exposed to a number of different cultures and teaching situations. However, I still make sure I regularly teach language learners as that is the basis for my training work.

Another aspect of my working life is giving plenary talks and workshops at conferences in many different countries.

As for my non-working life, I have 3 grown up sons, live in Canterbury, love and play tennis, and relax by gardening and cooking.

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