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Maurice Claypole

This is the personal home page of

Maurice Claypole                

More than teaching and translating

Like many people whose professional life covers a number of areas, a lot of what I do does not fit easily into simple categories. The purpose of this site, therefore, is to give a brief overview of some of the activities I am involved in and why I consider them to be important.

Nowadays, my time is divided between my ‘day job’ of running a language school and a number of other projects and commitments. Having spent more than thirty years as a translator, lecturer and language teacher, I am still involved in the day-to-day practice of English language teaching, but I am also increasingly finding time to express myself through articles, books and other media, and whilst my prime interests are firmly rooted in the fields of language, linguistics and methodology, my interests extend to other areas too. These include not only software development and new media projects but also topics as diverse as chaos theory, health policy, dental technology, Jacobean drama and the Edwardian music hall.

Maurice Claypole BA Hons, MA (Lond), MCIL, CertEd, FCollT, AITI, PhD

Author, Translator and Language Consultant

My corporate site can be found at

The concepts of fractal geometry are central to my view of the world.

Read my article in the Learning English section of the Guardian Weekly

Crowdsourcing and ELT

A new paradigm of language and second language acquisition based on forms found in nature

The Fractal Approach to TEFL

What you always wanted to know about teaching English but were afraid to ask

Controversies in ELT

Selected books and publications

Earlier article on the use of Translation in English language teaching

Learners are getting lost