Jania Barrell has worked in English language teaching for over 30 years. After studying literature at Essex University, she began teaching English in Cambridge, where she got her Diploma in TEFL. She then worked for the British Council in Milan, Rome and Kuala Lumpur, before returning to the UK and working at the Bell Language School in London. Here she worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and Courses Coordinator before becoming a free-lance teacher and examiner for Trinity College London. Jania lives in Cheam, which is just south of London. She is interested in politics and gardening and loves reading, especially detective stories. She has just finished working on a translation of a book about a Tibetan line of teachers.