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Grant Kempton

Grant Kempton


The legendary English TV personality and singer, Max Bygraves used to begin all of his shows by saying, ‘I wanna tell you a story’. It became a catch phrase. What was he talking about? He wasn’t talking about stories in books, Aesop, Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. He knew nothing of anime or Game of Thrones. His stories were a whole different thing entirely. They were everyday stories about life and that is what a story essentially is, about life, and to share stories about life you need language, and all the flavour of that language and its’ culture. So surely, language learning has to be littered with stories, doesn’t it? Are you creating stories for your students, both fiction and fact?

Grant Kempton has been involved in ELT for more than 35 years. During that time, he has been a teacher, tester, curriculum coordinator, school director and teacher trainer. From 2000-2006 he was the global teacher trainer and travelled the world training teachers. He received his MA in ELT from Reading University and wrote course books for Pearson. Having worked for Pearson for more than 14 years, he is now Global Director for Strategy and Partnerships, ELL Institutional at Pearson. As part of his job, he is involved in leading ELL into a new future where the student comes before course book, before curriculum, before assessment. He also has two girls, both of whom act as advisers to him on what is ‘in’ with their age-groups. Little help it does him…