2020 Projects

It’s that time of year when we all tend to look back on what we’ve achieved in the past 12 months. Working in publishing though, it’s often difficult to talk about what you’ve been working on. Most projects are confidential until they’re published, which is generally quite a few months after you’ve finished work on them, so you mostly end up talking about what you did last year.

In some ways, that’s been the case in 2020, with quite a few projects I worked on in 2019 coming out this year. The year started off with the publication in paperback of How To Write EAP Materials – previously only available as an ebook, now in print and in an updated edition. And in case you missed it, I also created a linked series of videos about some of the things to consider when writing materials for EAP teachers.

Cover image of How to Write EAP Materials

March saw the publication of a position paper I wrote for OUP about the updated Oxford 3000:

Image of position paper entitled "The Oxford 3000 and Oxford 5000: The most important words to learn in English"

And in June, new editions of the COBUILD Idioms and Phrasal Verbs Dictionaries, which I’d been involved in updating, came out:

Cover images of the COBUILD Idioms Dictioary fourt edition and the COBUILD Phrasal Verbs Dictionary fourth edition

While in December, the new edition of IELTS Common Mistakes (CUP), which I’d worked on updating earlier in the year, was published:

Cover image of IELTS Common Mistakes for bands 6.0-7.0

Unusually, I can also talk a bit about some of the things I’ve been working on this year, even though they haven’t quite been published yet. I’ve worked on two series of books which have at least been made public already, so I think that means I can mention them.

Throughout the year, I’ve worked on various stages of a series for Cambridge English aimed at pupils in international schools whose second language is English; Global English. It’s the second edition of a coursebook series that goes through primary to lower secondary. I’ve worked on 6 levels in the series in total, researching common learner errors in the key markets for the books to feed into usage notes and targeted practice for the workbooks. For some levels, I carried out research and prepared reports to pass onto workbook authors and for several levels, I did both the research and the writing. The books are due for publication next year, so look out for more news then.

Image of Cambridge University Press Global English series with cover images of three books in the series

I also worked on two levels of Oxford Discover Futures, aimed at secondary level EFL students. I was involved in creating writing workshops for students’ books at the two highest levels, again forthcoming early next year, so watch this space for more details.

3 thoughts on “2020 Projects

  1. lexicojules Post author

    Yes, not too bad, Ken. I did have a very quiet patch through the summer, but good to feel that I did still manage to get some things done. Hope all’s well with you.

    1. kenpaterson

      I’m fine, thanks, as I hope you are, Julie. Working on a new edition of ‘Improve Your Grammar’, and a bit of marketing of my back list. Ken


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