Maurice Claypole

BA Hons, MA (Lond), MCIL, CertEd, FCollT, AITI, PhD






Current/recent activities


          Director of LinguaServe Language Services

          Cambridge ESOL Regional Consultant

          Editor, CALL Review

          ELT author

          Freelance translator working from German into English

          Visiting lecturer in Business English and Communications at Nürtingen University

          Visiting lecturer in Technical English at Pforzheim University

          E-Tutor in English at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

          Cambridge ESOL oral examiner for main suite and BEC

          Test administrator for TOEIC, TOEIC Bridge, TFI and TOEFL-ITP

          Developer of interactive courses and customised course materials

          Consultant to major ELT publishers

          Conference speaker



Biographical details


          Born: Halifax, UK , 1951

          Nationality: British

          Education: University of London and elsewhere

          Resident in Germany since 1981






          Chartered Institute of Linguists

          Association of Translation and Interpreting

          Fellow Member of College of Teachers

          ProZ Certified PRO

          International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

          English Language Teachers Association Stuttgart

          International Association of Technical English Trainers

          Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL

          Learning Technologies Special Interest Group of IATEFL

          Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

          TESOL CALL Interest Section

          TESOL ESP Interest Section

          TESOL Intercultural Issues Interest Section



Committee posts


          Committee Member, Learning Technologies SIG 2010-2012

          Member of Publications Executive Committee, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) 2003-2004

          Member of Committee of Management, IATEFL 1999-2004

          President, Anglo-German Society, Pforzheim 2000-2003

          Chairman, English Language Teachers Association, Stuttgart (ELTAS) 1997-2002




Published teaching/testing materials


          Online items for Kombi Campus learning program for MIT New Media 2009, 2011

          Texts and materials for The European Language Certificate (TELC) English B2 Technical examination for telc GmbH, 2009

          Teaching materials for civilian and military English, German Federal Language Agency 2008

          Test materials for reading, writing, listening and speaking, German Federal Language Agency 2006

          Business English Plus, blended learning course, 2006

          High Level English, internet-based language course, 2005

          TU Interactive language teaching software, 2004

          Downloadable materials for On The Move Books 1 – 4, Klett Verlag 2003 (co-author)

          WoCoCom WorkFiles ver.di, 2002 (co-author)

          Trade Union Research Guide ver.di, 2002 (co-author).



Published book translations


          Health Policy Developments 11 Primary Care, Appropriateness and Transparency, Bertelsmann Stiftung 2009

          Ein Leben (Hans Dotzler), co-translator/editor, 2006

          The Fractal Company (Springer Verlag, 1997).

          A New World Order (Keck Verlag, 1992)

          European Jewellery (Hans Schöner Verlag, 1987)





          Contributor to Guardian Weekly, Learning English Section

          Regular articles on technology in ELT, CALL Review

          Regular contributor on Business English teaching, Business Issues

          Contributor to TEASIG Newsletter (Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group)

          Article published in MDÜ (periodical of the German association of translators' and interpreters)

          Controversies in ELT, regular column in ETM since 2007

          Media Watch column and Media Watch Online website (2006)

          Co-founder of English Teaching Matters (2000)

          Editor, CALL Review (Newsletter of the Learning Technologies Special Interest Group of IATEFL) 2010-2012





          Computer Assisted EFL Self-Study Techniques in the Context of Artificial Intelligence (Pacific Western University, 1990)



Books in print

          Controversies in ELT (LinguaBooks/BOD 2010)

          A Fractal Approach to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (LinguaBooks/BOD 2010)



Work in progress


          Translation and ELT

          Teaching English in Second Life

          University English Online



Selected conference papers


          Beyond the Communicative Approach, Opening Plenary, EnglishUK Teachers' Conference, London, 2011

          Technology – Use it! Teach it! with Ann Claypole, ELTAS, Stuttgart 2010

          A content-based approach to teaching technical English (Languages and Business Conference, Düsseldorf 2010)

          Introducing COLT- A content-oriented approach to teaching technical English, First IATET Day, Stuttgart, 2009

          The use of L1 in English for Special Purposes (ESP Conference, Ulm 2009)

          Reassessing the role of translation in language teaching, Tonghua 2008

          Translation and Business English, Berlin 2007, Paris 2008

          Translation in the EFL classroom, Stuttgart, 2007

          Blended Learning, Learning Technologies SIG, Cyprus , 2006

          Guest Speaker, Second International Conference of IATEFL-China, 2004

          Guest Speaker, BESIG, Rotterdam, 2003

          Keynote Speaker, First International Conference of TEFL-China 2002

          Keynote Speaker, BESIG, Berne 2001



Virtual presence


          Second Life avatar MauriceClaypole Writer

          LinguaServe inSL, Chalanties 112,115,59

          Tea Clipper inSL, Knightsbridge 54,51,22

 Virtual Conference 2009

          SL host for IATET Event Day, March 2010

          Twitter: @MauriceClaypole

          LinkedIn: MauriceClaypole

          YouTube channel: LinguaServe-Online