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Richard Harrison, MA, Dip TEO, BSc, is currently based in Oman, working as an author, teacher trainer and ELT consultant. He is also Director of Canford Publishing. Until March 2013 he was the Head of the Foundation Programme at the (English medium) German University of Technology in Oman.

Richard is from the UK but has worked for many years overseas, mainly at universities in the Middle East - in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the UAE as well as Oman - and has written a number of course books for the region. He also worked for the British Council in Moscow for three years as the ESP Consultant for Russia where he was involved in a project aimed at training Russian Business English teachers.

As an ELT author his main publications include: New English Please and Keep Writing (Pearson) which were originally written for the Arab world; Upgrade: a First Course in English for Higher Studies and Better Writing  (Garnet); and New Headway Academic Skills (OUP). He is also an author or co-author of a number of ELT courses for use in secondary schools in Libya, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey. The first publication of his publishing company, Canford Publishing, is Start Writing: A writing course for Arab students. It was released in June 2014. This was followed by Framework: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking in February, 2015.

Richard Harrison is an active member of TESOL Arabia and IETEFL. He has presented papers at a number of regional and international conferences in the UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Jordan, Oman, and the UK.

His main areas of academic interest are:

He has given talks and published a number of articles on these topics.

Richard was educated in the UK at Poole Grammar School. Later he studied at King’s College, the University of London, where he obtained his BSc degree. He completed further studies at Manchester University and the University of Reading, from where he obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics.

Richard Harrison is based in Muscat and London.

His non-academic interests include reading, gardening, walking and travel.