Louis George Alexander

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Louis George Alexander (15 February 1932 – 17 June 2002) was a teacher and writer, the author of New Concept English and the Direct English Syllabus and Course Structure.


A British author of EFL course books, Louis Alexander was born in London and educated at Godalming Grammar School and the University of London. He taught English in Germany (1954–56) and Greece (1956–65) where he was head of English at the Protypon Lykeion, Athens (what is now the Scholi Moraïti).

Louis was a member of the Council of Europe Committee on Modern Language Teaching (1973–78), and one of the authors of The Threshold Level (1975) and Waystage (1977), works developed for the Council of Europe that have been the bases of many communicative language courses and forms the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. He served on the Committee of Management of the Society of Authors (1980–83).

In 1986-88 he was adviser to the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate for the Cambridge Certificate in English for International Communication.

He was a writer of EFL course materials from the 1960s onwards. Alexander consistently supported the cause of the relatively untrained non-native speaking teacher of English.

He was a consultant for Junior English for China (1988-) on behalf of UNESCO. He created the blueprint for the Survive self-study series (1980–83, reissued 1989) for modern languages and published courses in the field of computer-assisted language learning. Louis Alexander died at the age of 70 of leukemia.[1]


His publications include:

  • A First Book in Comprehension (1964)
  • New Concept English (1967)
  • Look, Listen and Learn! (1968–71)
  • Target (1972–74)[2]
  • Mainline (1973–81)
  • Follow Me (1979–80)
  • Excel (for Egyptian Secondary Schools, 1985)
  • Plain English (1987–88)
  • Longman English Grammar (1988)
  • Longman English Grammar Practice (1990)
  • Step by Step 1-3 (1991)
  • Longman Advanced Grammar (1993)
  • Right Word, Wrong Word (1994).
  • K's first case
  • Operation Mastermind (1971)
  • Good morning Mexico
  • For and Against (1968)
  • Sixty Steps to Precis (1975)

Poetry and Prose Appreciation Essay and Leiter Writing A First Book in Comprehension Precis and Composition ... and many more that are listed in the For and Against Book