Louis George Alexander
(15 January 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
(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......