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L.A. Hill (1918–2008)

  • British English language teacher and teaching theorist, particularly active as an ELT author from the 1950s until the 1970s.
  • Born in Greece in 1918
  • Educated at the University of Cambridge
  • Began to teach English as a foreign language in 1939 in Greece.
  • After the war, in 1947, he obtained a British Council post as teacher and teacher trainer in Iran.
  • Moved to Indonesia as a British Council lecturer and Education Officer
  • In 1954, appointed Professor of English at the University of Indonesia, acting as head of the Department of English. P
  • Returned to England to take a BA specifically in English, which he obtained at the Institute of Education, University of London,
  • On the way back to Indonesia he took part in the August 1953 UNESCO International Seminar in Sri Lanka on the Contribution of the Teaching of Modern Languages towards Education for Living in a World Community.
  • Confirmed in post as Professor
  • In 1955, soon after becoming Professor and Head of Department in Indonesia, began researching and writing about language teaching, regularly publishing both articles and letters in English Language Teaching (Journal) between the mid-1950s and the late 1970s.
  • Between 1957 and 1961, Hill was, with the better-known language teaching theorist Michael West, the most prolific author in the journal, each publishing a total of eight articles during this period.
  • Hill's contributions covered diverse topics including the teaching of English in India, teacher training, technology in language teaching, and language teaching methodology.
  • worked as the British Council’s Chief Education Officer in India from 1958 to 1960
  • in 1961, resigned from the Council to become a full-time author and lecturer.

  • best-selling Stories for Reproduction series for elementary, intermediate and advanced learners (OUP, 1965)
  • In 1967, Oxford University Press honoured him with a compilation, Selected Articles on the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (Hill 1967b), which brought together 17 of the more than 50 articles he had published between 1955 and 1967.
  • 1979 – (with M. Dobbyn) A Teacher Training Course for Teachers of EFL (Cassell, 1979).
  • died in 2008, in Jersey


1) Hill, L.A. 1967. Selected Articles on the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2) the following autobiographical audio-recording (originally recorded for a University of London Institute of Education oral history project, donated to the Warwick ELT Archive by John Norrish):