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Meet the TEFLnet Team

Josef EssbergerI'd like to say a big thank you to the people who contribute regularly to TEFLnet, giving you a constant supply of exciting and refreshing ideas and materials to help in teaching English.

Josef Essberger

Josef Essberger, Founder, TEFLnet

Lucy Pollard

English-born Lucy has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, writer, TEFL consultant and Director of Studies for over 18 years. Her experience is varied: she has taught general English, English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes to adults. She has also taught teenagers and young children. She has the UCLES Diploma in TEFL, the Certificate in TEFL from the University of London, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and the Diploma in Life Coaching. Lucy is passionate about teaching and learning and has shared her knowledge with students, teachers and colleagues for many years. She answers teachers' questions at the TEFL Help Desk and is the author of Lucy Pollard's Guide to Teaching English, an ebook for teachers.

Tara Benwell

Tara BenwellTara is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. Since trading her teaching career for self-employment in 2003, Tara has been telecommuting throughout North America and Asia, working with educational content producers, publishers and website owners. Tara's materials and articles are posted monthly at TEFLnet and She also contributes regularly to, sharing tips and thoughts on raising environmentally-conscious kids. Visit for references and links to her most recent writing, including her personal blog Baby Steps, where she discusses the challenges of balancing novel writing and motherhood.

Liz Regan

Liz ReganBorn in England, Liz obtained a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London University, before entering the world of EFL. Since taking the RSA CELTA Liz has worked for the British Council in Milan, gaining her RSA Diploma there. Apart from working as a freelance in-company language trainer, Liz is also an oral examiner for the Cambridge University Main Suite exams (KET, PET, FCE and CPE) as well as the BEC Preliminary, Vantage and Higher exams. Liz regularly contributes lessonplans, worksheets and other material to TEFLnet and Apart from writing EFL materials, Liz's interests include psychology. She is a qualified practitioner of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).

Alex Case

Alex CaseAlex Case has been a teacher, teacher trainer, DoS and editor in Turkey, Thailand, Spain, Greece, Italy, UK, South Korea and now Japan. He has published a book with Macmillan and hundreds of articles, reviews, lessonplans and worksheets with Onestopenglish, MET, ETP and others. In addition to contributing articles and teaching ideas to TEFLnet, he writes the popular TEFLtastic blog.