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Joan Saslow
Joan Saslow

Joan Saslow is coauthor, with Allen Ascher, of two best-selling adult-level English courses, Top Notch and Summit. These two courses are, respectively, the 2006 and 2007 recipients of the Association of Educational Publishers’ “Distinguished Achievement Awards.” Ms. Saslow has authored a number of other textbook series with integrated multi-media components designed specifically for adults learning English. She is author of Ready to Go: Language, Lifeskills, Civics; Workplace Plus: Living and Working in English; and of Literacy Plus, a combined language and literacy program for pre-literate adult immigrants. She is also author of an ESP course: English in Context: Reading Comprehension for Science and Technology. In addition, Ms. Saslow was Series Director of True Colors: An EFL Course for Real Communication, and of True Voices, an EFL Video.

Ms. Saslow has taught in the United States and in Chile in a variety of programs, including binational centers, academic programs, intensive language programs, and workplace programs. Ms. Saslow has been an editor, a teacher-trainer, a language learner, and a frequent speaker at gatherings of English teachers throughout the world. Ms. Saslow has a BA and an MA in French from the University of Wisconsin. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

Allen Ascher
Allen Ascher

Allen Ascher is co-author, with Joan Saslow of the Top Notch and Summit courses. Mr. Ascher has been a teacher, a teacher-trainer, an author, an academic administrator, and a publisher of language teaching materials. He has taught in language and teacher-training programs in both China and the United States. In China, Mr. Ascher taught listening and speaking to students at the Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, and he taught ESP classes for workers at a major international hotel. In the United States, he taught Japanese students from Chubu University studying English at Ohio University. In New York, Mr. Ascher taught students of all language backgrounds and abilities throughout the City University of New York, and he trained teachers in the TESOL Certificate Program at the New School. He was also the academic director of the International English Language Institute at Hunter College.

As a publisher, Mr. Ascher played a key role in creating some of the most widely used materials for adults, including True Colors, NorthStar, Focus on Grammar, Ready to Go, and the Longman TOEFL and TOEIC test prep series. He is also author of the popular Think About Editing: A Grammar Editing Guide for ESL Writers. He has recently co-authored Longman’s Teacher Development Interactive: An Online Course for ELT Professionals. Mr. Ascher is a continuing learner of Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese and has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University.

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