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Editorial

I would like to welcome three new columnists that have started writing for ELT News over the last week. I know all three of them personally, though in rather different capacities.

Chris Hunt has been an active advocate of a humanistic approach to teaching for many years. He is particularly known for supporting children's democratic rights and opposing competition in the classroom. I haven't always agreed with Chris over the years but I respect where he is coming from and think it important that he has an effective forum for putting his views across.

Grant Trew is a specialist in test preparation. I first got to know Grant when we ran a teacher training course together a couple of years ago, and I was very impressed by the freshness of his approach and the deep knowledge he has of his field. My first full-time teaching position was at a school that prepared students for the Cambridge First Certificate and Proficiency exams, so at one time I was also something of a specialist in exam preparation, but Grant knows far more than I ever knew.

Guy Cihi is one of a kind. He is one of the most successful businessmen in the ELT world and yet he retains the sincerity and idealism that an aging hippy like me can relate to. Anybody who is thinking of running or is already running an ELT-related business should read his column regularly. He certainly provided invaluable advice and support to me when I really needed help, and I will always be very grateful to him for this.



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