My teaching career began in 1984 in Selby, North Yorkshire, where I taught French and German in a comprehensive school for five years. At the end of the eighties I moved to Madrid and a career in ELT. Most of my time there has been spent working with International House, as teacher, teacher-trainer and at one point Cambridge Examinations Co-ordinator. In the mid 1990s I spent 18 months in Vilnius, Lithuania, where I held the post of Director of Studies at Soros International House.In 1996 I came back to International House Madrid to teach, and started writing for Macmillan three years later. With the invaluable support and understanding of my wife, Azucena, and daughters Lara and Elisa, I have written Ready for FCE (2001), Ready for CAE (2004) and Straightforward Advanced (2008), and co-written Direct to FCE (2011). I also contributed to the Spanish bachillerato course Upgrade (2010).