Helen Stephenson has worked in ELT in a variety of settings. Initially teaching adults in mainly ESP and EAP settings, she also became interested in teaching teenagers after stints in the UK and Portugal during her PGCE. She spent six years in Africa, during which time she completed her M Ed TESOL, and had the opportunity to write and deliver the new English course for a state school system and provide training for new state school teachers. Also during this time she became a training coordinator for Voice of America's locally employed technical and administrative staff. This role involved not only teaching English but also a certain amount of inter-cultural relations! After a bit of travelling and teaching MBA students in Azerbaijan, she settled in Catalonia and worked as academic coordinator at the British Council. She currently teaches at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona where she has also been involved in developing and writing the English courses. Her published courses include A+ for Bachillerato, Success with BEC (Preliminary) and Total Business 1. Helen is the author of the lower secondary course English Explorer (1 - 4) and has written the Beginner and Intermediate levels of the adult learner course Life, both titles published by National Geographic Learning. Helen lives in the 'wilds' of Catalonia and spends a lot of time trying to see interesting birds and attemping to photograph them. Yoga is also a key element in her life. With kids and grandchildren visiting often, the barbecue is always on the go (humanely-reared creatures only, of course) and the camera is always at the ready.