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Penny Hands

Penny Hands - Editor

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I'm a writer, editor and editorial consultant on ELT materials, both print and digital. 

Overview

I write, edit and provide editorial consultancy on ELT coursebooks, language reference titles and teaching methodology materials, both digital and print. I'm particularly interested in developments in the areas of learner autonomy and critical thinking, and in the use of digital materials as an adjunct to face-to-face teaching and learning.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Masters in Applied Linguistics,  University of  Edinburgh
  • BA Hons French, University of Manchester

Portfolio (10 selected works)

English Grammar (Collins Cobuild)

HarperCollins UK

This major new edition of the Collins COBUILD English Grammar is a modern, global and learner-focussed grammar reference, aimed at learners and teachers of English. Thoroughly updated, to take into account significant changes in grammar over recent years, the Collins COBUILD English Grammar is based on the evidence of the 4 billion-word Collins corpus, and is an invaluable guide to the English... read more

This major new edition of the Collins COBUILD English Grammar is a modern, global and learner-focussed grammar reference, aimed at learners and teachers of English. Thoroughly updated, to take into account significant changes in grammar over recent years, the Collins COBUILD English Grammar is based on the evidence of the 4 billion-word Collins corpus, and is an invaluable guide to the English... read more

English Usage (Collins Cobuild)

HarperCollins UK

This major new edition of the Collins COBUILD English Usage is a modern, easy-to-use and in-depth guide to English usage, aimed at upper-intermediate and advanced learners and teachers of English. Collins COBUILD English Usage has been designed to help learners to use individual words correctly, and choose the right words and structures for the meaning they want to convey. The title not only e... read more

This major new edition of the Collins COBUILD English Usage is a modern, easy-to-use and in-depth guide to English usage, aimed at upper-intermediate and advanced learners and teachers of English. Collins COBUILD English Usage has been designed to help learners to use individual words correctly, and choose the right words and structures for the meaning they want to convey. The title not only e... read more

How to Pass Delta

Damian Williams

Thinking of improving your teaching CV? Need more qualifications to get that dream job? Want to refresh your methodology? If you answer yes to any of these questions you are probably thinking of doing the Delta, one of the best-known and most popular advanced TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. Or perhaps you have already started it. This book aims to do exactly what it says on the cover. ... read more

Thinking of improving your teaching CV? Need more qualifications to get that dream job? Want to refresh your methodology? If you answer yes to any of these questions you are probably thinking of doing the Delta, one of the best-known and most popular advanced TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. Or perhaps you have already started it. This book aims to do exactly what it says on the cover. ... read more

Making and Using Machinima in the Language Classroom

Christel Schneider, Carol Rainbow

Using and Creating Machinima in the Language Classroom Carol Rainbow and Christel Schenider Many language learning situations in the classroom lack visualisation, there is not always the resource you need for an ad hoc grammar point or other illustration, therefore being able to create a video, quickly, easily and cost effectively when needed is a really useful skill for the teacher and learne... read more

Using and Creating Machinima in the Language Classroom Carol Rainbow and Christel Schenider Many language learning situations in the classroom lack visualisation, there is not always the resource you need for an ad hoc grammar point or other illustration, therefore being able to create a video, quickly, easily and cost effectively when needed is a really useful skill for the teacher and learne... read more

My first digital journey

Karaöglu Özge, Verschoor Jennifer

My First Digital Journey is an activity book for teachers of young learners willing to enhance their teaching with web 2.0 tools. Twenty free tools are clearly explained, with instructions on what they do, where to find them and whether registration is needed. There are sample tasks for teachers to do on their own to familiarize themselves with the tools and then activities for teachers to do ... read more

My First Digital Journey is an activity book for teachers of young learners willing to enhance their teaching with web 2.0 tools. Twenty free tools are clearly explained, with instructions on what they do, where to find them and whether registration is needed. There are sample tasks for teachers to do on their own to familiarize themselves with the tools and then activities for teachers to do ... read more

MANAGING EDUCATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Choosing, setting up and running successful online courses

Andy Hockley, Fiona Thomas

Increasingly, education is moving into the online world, and a growing body of literature reflects this from the teaching perspective. Online teaching and learning is now being written about and researched at great length, and this existing work provides valuable support for the educational community that is practising teaching and learning online. However, very little has been written on the ... read more

Increasingly, education is moving into the online world, and a growing body of literature reflects this from the teaching perspective. Online teaching and learning is now being written about and researched at great length, and this existing work provides valuable support for the educational community that is practising teaching and learning online. However, very little has been written on the ... read more

An A-Z of ELT

Scott Thornbury

An A-Z of ELT is a fully cross-referenced, alphabetical guide to ELT that defines and explains essential language concepts and terminology from fields including grammar, linguistics, discourse analysis, phonology, etc. It describes language teaching techniques and theories and summarises the major issues and debates associated with each concept. The entries are clear, concise and readable, acc... read more

An A-Z of ELT is a fully cross-referenced, alphabetical guide to ELT that defines and explains essential language concepts and terminology from fields including grammar, linguistics, discourse analysis, phonology, etc. It describes language teaching techniques and theories and summarises the major issues and debates associated with each concept. The entries are clear, concise and readable, acc... read more

Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary of English (Collins Cobuild Dictionaries of English)

Collins COBUILD

All of our explanations, examples, and special features are based on our constantly updated 4.5-billion-word database of today's English language, the Collins Corpus, which means that you can trust Collins COBUILD to help you speak and write accurate and up-to-date English. COBUILD promotes learning through Definitions PLUS: -Full-sentence definitions use the most common context in which targe... read more

All of our explanations, examples, and special features are based on our constantly updated 4.5-billion-word database of today's English language, the Collins Corpus, which means that you can trust Collins COBUILD to help you speak and write accurate and up-to-date English. COBUILD promotes learning through Definitions PLUS: -Full-sentence definitions use the most common context in which targe... read more

Oxford Learner's Thesaurus with Cd-Rom

A synonyms dictionary written especially for learners. It groups words with similar meanings and explains the differences between them.

A synonyms dictionary written especially for learners. It groups words with similar meanings and explains the differences between them.

Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English: Helps Students Learn the Language They Need to Write Academic English, Whatever Their Chosen Subject

This title presents an in-depth treatment of over 22,000 words, phrases and meanings. Informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of academic English, which includes a broad range of textbooks and academic journals from 26 different disciplines within the subject areas of humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. Corpus-based examples show words in genuine academic co... read more

This title presents an in-depth treatment of over 22,000 words, phrases and meanings. Informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of academic English, which includes a broad range of textbooks and academic journals from 26 different disciplines within the subject areas of humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. Corpus-based examples show words in genuine academic co... read more

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