Materials Writing

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • Academic Upgrading

  • Reading Skills and Strategies

  • Speaking Skills and Strategies

  • Writing Skills and Strategies

  • Grammar

  • Study Skills

  • General Adult ELT

  • As a writer, I specialise in EAP and academic upgrading. I can deliver relevant, engaging, innovative and accurate materials for students at all levels of proficiency.


  • I have recently published coursebooks with Pearson ELT Canada and Coast Mountain College. Other clients include Cambridge University Press, Richmond, the British Council, and others.

English for Academic Purposes Coursebooks

NEW! Say What You Mean, Book 2, Pearson Canada, 2019

Say What You Mean is a new speaking series designed for EAP and general ESL classes at CEFR B1. Co-authored with my husband, Tom Milburn, this book presents strategies and practice activities for oral communication: group/class discussions, slide presentations, poster presentations and group projects. 

Critical Reading, Pearson Canada, 2015

Designed for EAP students at CEFR B2+, the text takes students through a systematic overview of the analysis of academic text. Authentic materials are used throughout, with texts from business, environmental science, economics, design, education, and more. Critical Reading is used in colleges and universities in Canada and around the world. For more information and to see a sample unit, click here.

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Academic Upgrading Coursebook

College Skills: Intermediate English, Coast Mountain College, BC, Canada, 2018

This book was written for adult students, many of them Indigenous, working at a Grade 10 level. The book has a west-coast/northern Canadian focus and is designed to help students develop proficiency in reading, writing, language use and study skills. College Skills: Intermediate English is available to colleges throughout British Columbia through BC Campus.

Other Materials Development 

Teacher Materials

Teaching with Unlock, Cambridge University Press, UK. Contributing author of teacher materials. 

EAP Support Materials

Guides for International Students Series, Trent University, Canada, 2002–2012Author of series of self-study books (25,000 words each), written for high-level EAP students and international undergraduates. Titles: Research and DocumentationVocabulary Skills and StrategiesSuccessful Sentence Structure101 Trouble Spots in English (co-author); and Starting Your Trent Degree: University Regulations and Study Skills.

ESP Materials


Present English Series, Alpha/SmartEducation, UAE, 2015Versioning of vocational English textbooks for the Middle Eastern and North African markets. Titles: English for Commerce / Tourism / Construction / Mechanics, Electronics and Technical Assistance / Cooking, Catering and Reception / Transport and Logistics.


General Adult ELT


Skills Boost, Richmond ELT, UK, 2014Contributing author of online listening materials for B1+.


LearnEnglish Grammar, US Version, British Council, Hong Kong, 2013Co-author of US adaptation of app.

In Focus, Books 1–3, ELS International, S. Korea,1996–1997Co-author of integrated adult EFL coursebooks.


Network, Books 1–6. ELS International, S. Korea, 1995–1996Co-author of grammar/conversation coursebooks.

Young Learner Materials

Core Curriculum for English, Young Digital Planet, Poland, 2013. Contributing author of digital YL materials.


High School English for Everyone; High School English, 1 and 2, YBM Si-sa, Seoul, South Korea, 1994–1995. Co-author of three books for Korean high schools. The books achieved the largest market share in the country.