Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury

A qualified English teacher always seeks ways to develop professionally, find new methods and approaches and not to fall behind the time. In this respect, teacher educators are of great use. They facilitate the learning of student teachers and teachers, develop new materials, provide teacher training, etc. When speaking about educators one cannot but mention the name of Scott Thornbury. Who is he, what are his most famous books and why English teachers should know him? The answers to all these questions you will find in this article.

Who is Scott Thornbury?

Born in 1950 in New Zealand, Scott Thornbury is an internationally recognized English teacher trainer. He has over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching in Egypt, the UK, Spain and in New Zealand. He started his ELT career in IH London in 1975. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology. He is a series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP). He was also the co-founder of the Dogme ELT group. Now Thornbury is an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), an online campus dedicated to teacher development. He also writes for many blogs such as Deltapublishing, and including his own: and

Here is a list of must-read books:

An A-Z of ELT

This book contains an alphabetical list of ELT terms and concepts covering grammar, lexis, phonology, discourse, methodology, theory and practice. Each entry is categorised, described and explained in terms of its importance and relevance to ELT. Each definition is authoritative, clear and concise, and cross-referenced where relevant.

How to Teach Vocabulary

The main aim of the book is not only to introduce the theoretical background of teaching English vocabulary but also to suggest tips and ideas on how to bring it into the classroom. In the book, you will find practical parts, such as how words are learned, how to present voca