Steven Gershon
received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Reading University (UK), and has taught in China, France, the UK and the United States. He has been in Japan for 15 years and is currently an Associate Professor at Obirin University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language assessment and course design. He is also an active Asia regional conference presenter, focusing on his academic interests of curriculum design, materials development, classroom methodology and oral-skills testing. In addition, he is co-author of the listening course Sound Bytes. When Steven is not teaching, writing or presenting, he can usually be found under water, circling a coral reef with a scuba tank strapped to his back.

Chris Mares is the Director of the Intensive English Institute at the University of Maine. He also runs a teacher training program and is an ESL consultant for local schools. Chris has taught in the UK and the United States, and for many years in Japan. He came into the profession by chance, stayed by choice, and says he enjoys it more and more: "There are always new challenges and interesting ways to tackle them." When not working, Chris can be found mountain biking, sea kayaking, running or simply walking his dog in the woods around Maine.


Richard Walker has been involved in ELT, through teaching and teacher training, for over 14 years. He has taught in Japan, Spain and the UK, and has presented at conferences in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Richard is currently studying for his master's degree in Linguistics (TESOL) at Surrey University. He is also Series Editor for On the Go / On the Move. Away from the ELT world, Richard enjoys windsurfing, scuba diving, skiing and playing and composing music.