Dr. Luke Prodromou is a freelance teacher, teacher-trainer and materials writer. He has been a plenary/keynote at many international conferences, including IATEFL, UK.
Luke graduated from Bristol University in English with Greek and has an MA in Shakespeare Studies (Birmingham University) a Diploma in TEFL (Leeds University) and a Ph.D (Nottingham University). He has conducted teacher training courses for the British Council, Pilgrims (Canterbury) NILE (Norwich) the University of Edinburgh and ESADE (Barcelona), PALSO (Greece), LEND (Italy) et al.
Luke has written over 20 textbooks.
He is also the co-author of Dealing with Difficulties (Winner of the Ben Warren Prize), Mixed Abiilty Classes (Macmillan) and English as a Lingua Franca, based on his PhD.
He is a member of a Greek theatre group (composed mostly of unruly women) and is one half of the Dave’n’Luke English Language Theatre group. He is also a founder member of the Disabled Access-Friendly campaign.( http://disabled-accessfriendly.com/).
He wrote Smash (Macmillan). His latest coursebook is Flash on (for Italy). He also gives talks – with dramatized readings – on Shakespeare and Dickens, their life and work and their relevance to modern issues (education, gender equality etc).
David Gibson was born in Northern England in 1947 and began teaching in 1964. His five diplomas were awarded by the universities of Nottingham, Bristol, and Cambridge and he taught in England in junior and secondary schools for 15 years. He came to Greece in 1979 and taught English as a Foreign Language in private schools before joining the British Council in Thessaloniki in 1987. There, he taught English Language and Literature, was a Teacher-Trainer, and served as the Coordinator of Student Social and Cultural Activities.
In 1995, he took up a post as teacher of English Language and Literature at Pinewood International Schools, Thessaloniki, becoming the Chairman of the English Department in 1999. At Pinewood, he also coached three football teams, ran Guitar Clubs and School Bands, and was involved in a wide variety of other school activities and events.
David has worked for Cambridge ESOL for more than twenty years, as an Oral Examiner, Team Leader, Supervisor, Seminar Presenter, and Inspector, and is a founder and three-time board member of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece, being a regular speaker and active participant in conventions and similar events.
In June 2008, he retired from full-time teaching in order to concentrate on other projects, but has continued to work with Pinewood students – coaching football, playing guitar with them, encouraging them to read and to write … and to watch birds.
David Gibson is also one half of the two-man English Teaching Theatre Group “Dave’n’Luke” – with Luke Prodromou