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  • Carol Lethaby

    Part-time Assistant Professor


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    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Carol Lethaby


    Carol Lethaby (MA TESOL, with distinction, University of London Institute of Education) has been involved in distance teacher education since 1998, having developed materials and tutored on several distance-learning courses for the British Council and various universities in Mexico. She has also designed and run numerous on-site teacher training and education courses in California, Mexico and the UK, including internationally recognized teaching certificates and diplomas. Her writing credits include several articles and textbook series, including, co-authoring Just Right Second Edition (Cengage Learning) and English ID 1 and 2 Second Edition (Richmond Publishing). Carol lives in San Francisco and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

    Recent Publications


    ‘Discovery learning or direct instruction? Cognitive load theory and ELT'  in IATEFL Liverpool Conference Selections, 2019

    ‘Evidence or intuition? Categorizing learners using perceptual learning styles’ in Babylonia, Issue 1, 2019

    ‘Use your brain! Exploiting evidence-based teaching strategies in ELT’ (with Patricia Harries) in IATEFL Brighton Conference Selections, 2018

    ‘A critical examination of perceptual learning styles in English language teaching’ in International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 2018

    ‘The problem with learning styles: debunking the meshing hypothesis in English language teaching’ in Impact Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching  Issue 2, 2018

    ‘Research and teaching:  What has neuroscience ever done for us?’ in IATEFL Glasgow Conference Selections 2017

     ‘Four reasons not to use learning styles in ELT – and one alternative’ in Voices British Council, October 2017

    ‘Re-imagining ELT:  Teaching English in 2017 and Beyond’ in Ruta Maestra 21, Editorial Santillana Colombia, 2017

    'Neuroscience’ in IATEFL Voices, Issue 257 p11 July-August 2017

    ‘Changing the way we approach learning styles in teacher education’ in IATEFL Birmingham Conference Selections 2016

    ‘Learning styles: Have we been wasting time and resources?’ in Ruta Maestra, Editorial Santillana Colombia, 2016

    ‘Do you Believe in Neuromyths?’ in The Teacher Trainer Journal October 2016

    ‘Learning Styles and Teacher Training:  are we perpetuating neuromyths?’ in English Language Teaching Journal, OUP, 2015 / 2016

    ‘Spanish/English Bilingual Education in Latin America: Why and why not?’ in Ruta Maestra, Editorial Santillana Colombia, 2015

    'Children, Gender and Learning' in Primary Methodology Handbook: Practical Ideas for ELT Richmond ELT Publishing 2014


    Just Right Second Edition Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Pre-Intermediate, Elementary  Student Book, Workbook, Teacher’s Book (Co-author)Published by Cengage Learning Mexico 2015

    English ID 1, 2, Student Book (Co-author) Published by Richmond Publishing: Brazil 2013

    Be Yourself 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Co-author) Student Book with Workbook Published by Oxford University Press, Mexico:  2012 - 2013

    The Big Picture 2 (Co-author) Student Book, Published by Richmond Publishing, UK: 2011

    Next Step 1, 2, 3, 4 (Co-author) Student Book, Workbook  Published by Richmond Publishing, Mexico: 2010

    Awesome 1, 2, 3, 4 (Co-author) Student Book, Workbook  Published by Richmond Publishing, Mexico: 2009, 2010

    Performances and Appearances


    March 31- April 3

    TESOL International Convention – Denver, Colorado, USA

    Academic Paper: ‘The brain is behind the operation:  Evidence-based English language teaching’

    Teaching Tip: 'Working memory, long-term memory and language teaching'

    April 18 - 21

    IATEFL Conference – Manchester, UK

    Academic Talk: ‘Where is the evidence for evidence-based English language teaching?'



    Research Interests

    teacher education, gender and language teaching, neuromyths in teaching, evidence-based teaching

    Awards And Honors

    2012 – Honored Instructor – UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA


    Carol Lethaby's webpage

    Current Courses

    Methods and Materials:Skills (Spring 2020)

    Methods and Materials:Systems

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