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Penny was educated at the universities of Oxford (MA), Cambridge (PGCE) and Reading (MA). She emigrated to Israel in 1967, where she still lives today. Penny has thirty years’ experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught M.A. courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University.
Penny has presented papers at TESOL, IATEFL and various other English teachers’ conferences worldwide. She has published a number of articles, and was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series. She was awarded an OBE for services to English Language Teaching in 2013.
Her books include Five Minute Activities (co authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), Grammar Practice Activities (2nd Edition) (2009), A Course in English Language Teaching (2012), Discussions and More (2014) and Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips (2016), all published by Cambridge University Press.
Cambridge University Press bibliography
Tried and tested teaching tips for language teachers.Publication date: 18/02/2016
Discussions and More 2nd Edition
Oral Fluency Practice in the Classroom
An updated version of the classic handbook, Discussions that Work, which develops oral fluency in meaningful and motivating ways.Author: Penny UrEnglish Type: International EnglishPublication date: 27/11/2014
A completely revised and updated edition of A Course in Language Teaching.Author: Penny UrEnglish Type: British EnglishPublication date: 12/04/2012
Vocabulary Activities is a teacher-friendly resource containing ideas for introducing, presenting, expanding, exploring and practising vocabulary.Author: Penny UrEnglish Type: International EnglishCEF Level: A1 - C2Publication date: 22/12/2011
A three-level series of grammar reference and practice books for teenage and young adult learners.Authors: Fiona Davis, Wayne Rimmer, Jeremy Day, Mark Lloyd, Penny UrEnglish Type: British EnglishCEF Level: A1 - C2Publication date: 14/02/2011
A Course in Language Teaching
Practice and theoryAuthor: Penny UrPublication date: 05/09/1996
An invaluable source of ideas containing over 130 short activities for the language classroom.Authors: Penny Ur, Andrew WrightPublication date: 06/02/1992
Elementary to advanced activities illustrating techniques appropriate for both adults and children.Author: Penny UrPublication date: 30/03/1984
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