Heather Jones B.A. M.Litt.

Adv.Dip.TESOL  Grad.Dip.Theology

 

Address: Kenmore, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

E-mail: contact@heatherjonesauthor.com

Tel: 0402 155 612

International Tel: 61-402 155 612

 

Professional info

 

Throughout my career I have always worked with words and have sought to inspire students through my words. I am successful author of over 200 ESL texts. My published works include ESL coursebooks, workbooks, progress tests, listening tests, reading comprehensions and plays.

 

I have also been a tenured university lecturer in professional communication at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and now wish to concentrate on other writing projects.

 

All these roles have served me well in my private life as a mother of a boy with autism. Jamie's disabilities manifested themselves in his spoken communication - his comprehension was very limited and he needed guidance in the basics of conversation. I have now worked with him for over fifteen years and have written a book about our challenges and successes - 'Talk to Me: Conversation Strategies for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Speech and Language Impairments.' I am available to speak on this topic at various venues.

Languages

 

French - Intermediate

German - Intermediate

 

Skills

 

Editing

Writing

Workshop leader

Lecturer/Presenter

Facilitator

2010 - present

Work experience

 

Freelance textbook writer

1986 - present

 

I have been working in the field of communication for over 20 years. As a textbook writer, I have four courses to my name - courses published in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia and have acted as a consultant to the People's Education Press of China. Over many years of textbook writing, I have worked for Longman, Macmillan Far East, Star Publishing, Pan Pacific and Manhattan Press. The coursebooks I co-authored have all been scrutinised and approved by either the Ministry of Education in Singapore or the Education Bureau in Hong Kong. 

 

 

Special Projects Officer

2003 - 2006

 

In the 00s, I worked as a Special Projects Officer at Spectronics, supervising HR, OHS, conference organisation and quality. Working in this dynamic and tightly knit company developed and consolidated my administrative and organisational skills and gave me further insights into the world of children with learning disabilities.

 
Lecturer, QUT

1993-1996

 

During this period I worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Department of Communication. I co-organised Professional Communication, led Issues in Publishing and tutored in Speech Communication and Written Communication. All subjects demanded high standards in spoken and written communication. 

2010 - present

Education

 

University of New England

1981 - B.A. in English and Foreign Languages

 

At university I specialised in Linguistics and old languages, such as Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, Sanskrit, Latin and the Ursprache, Indo-European. I did also take German, French and an introductory course in Italian. 

 
University of New England

1988 - Master of Letters in English (Drama)

 

As drama is my special interest, I enrolled in this two-year course comprising one year's coursework and one year's thesis. For my thesis, I chose the plays of Tom Stoppard, analysing them as examples of post-quantum physics reality. This 35,000-word dissertation explored his indebtedness to non-dramatic models of reality in art, maths and physics. It was awarded a High Distinction.

 

Australasian Training Academy

2013 - Advanced Diploma in TESOL

 

This diploma concentrated on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and allows me to travel to foreign countries and work in schools there. It also gave me the theoretical grounding in teaching grammar and vocabulary to a range of ages.  

Charles Sturt University

2018 - Graduate Diploma of Theology

This diploma introduced me to the church history, liturgical practice, Biblical interpretations and theological implications.

 

Heather Jones Bibliography (Over 200 ESL and EFL texts)

 

Co-authored with Ken Methold:

 

Trend Listening Comprehension 1-4, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1988

Trend Progress Tests 1-4, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1988

Trend Workbooks 4-5, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1988

New Integrated English Workbooks 4-5, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1988

New Integrated English Examination Practice Book, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1988

Trend Examination Practice Book, Longman FE, 1988

Effective Comprehension 1-4 (3rd ed.) Longman FE, 1988

Trend Listening Comprehension 5, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1989

Integrated English Workbooks 4-5, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1989

Trend Listening Comprehension Examination Practice Book, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1989.

New Integrated English Workbooks 1-3 (2nd ed.) , Longman FE, 1990

New Integrated English Progress Tests 1-3 (2nd ed.), Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1990

New Integrated English Listening Comprehension 1-3, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1990

Integrated Primary English Progress Tests 4A-6B, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1990

A Matter of Opinion: Social Research Activities Across the Curriculum, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1990

New Way Primary English 1A-6B, Manhattan Press, Hong Kong, 1990

New Way Primary English Listening Books 1-6, Manhattan Press, Hong Kong, 1990

New Way Primary English Workbooks 1A-6B, Manhattan Press, Hong Kong, 1990

New Way Primary English Readers 1A-6B, Manhattan Press, Hong Kong, 1990

New Way Primary English Reading and Writing Practice Manhattan Press, Hong Kong, 1990

Practice for Distinction, Macmillan (China), Hong Kong, 1991

New Way Primary English 1A-6B, Jacaranda Buku, Malaysia, 1991

New Way Primary English Listening Books 1-6, Jacaranda Buku, Malaysia, 1991

New Way Primary English Workbooks 1A-6B, Jacaranda Buku, Malaysia, 1991

New Way Primary English Readers 1A-6B, Jacaranda Buku, Malaysia, 1991

New Way Primary English Reading and Writing Practice Jacaranda Buku, Malaysia, 1991

Short Stories for Comprehension C2, A3, B3, C3, Longman FE, Hong Kong, 1992

New Century Readings 1-4, TAS, Turkey, 1998

New Century Readings 1-4, Crane Publishing Company, Taiwan, 1998

20th Century Reading Comprehension 1-4, York Press, Egypt, 2000

Our World, Macmillan Language House, Japan, 2000

Work It Out in English, Macmillan Language House, Japan, 2000

New Century Readings, Macmillan Language House, Japan, 2000

New Century Readings, Orient Longman, India and Sri Lanka and Pakistan, 2001

Topline, Aksorn Charoen Tat, Thailand, 2001

Time for English Listening Books 1-6, EPH, Hong Kong, 2001

 

Co-authored with Ceclia Woodhouse:

 

In Context: English for Senior Students, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1992

Connections: English for the Middle School, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1993

Link Up: Issues, Text Response and Language Skills for Junior Secondary Students, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1994

 

Co-authored with Robyn Mann:

 

Setting the Scene: Workplace Communication Skills, Addison Longman, Melbourne, 1997

Stepping Forward 1-4, Pan Pacific Press, Singapore, 1995-7

Stepping Forward Workbooks 1-4, Pan Pacific Press, Singapore 1995-7

Step Ahead 1-2  (Normal Technical), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Step Ahead 1-2 (Normal Academic), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Step Ahead 1-2 (Special Express), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Step Ahead 1-2 Activity Book (Normal Technical), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Step Ahead 1-2 Activity Book (Normal Academic), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Step Ahead 1-2 Activity Book  (Special Express), SMP, Singapore, 2001

Everyday English 1 and 2, BELT, Sydney, 2002

Let’s Start Writing Crane Publishing Company, Taiwan, 2002

Creative Writing Practice, Crane Publishing Company, Taiwan, 2002

Listen In! 1-3, BELT, Sydney, 2002

 

Sole author:

 

English 2000 Workbooks 1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, Macmillan China, Hong Kong, 1994

Winner Takes All, Young Adult Reader Series, BELT, Sydney, 2002

David Copperfield, ESL Adaptation, Compass Media, Taiwan, 2007

Star Summit 4A-6, Star Publishing, 2008

Popular Culture – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Poems and Songs – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Short Stories – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Drama – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Social Issues – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2010

Workplace Communication – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2010

Debating – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2010

Star Dawn Poems and Songs – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Dawn Short Stories – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Strategies Reading Vol. 1, Set A, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Strategies Reading Vol. 1, Set B, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Strategies Reading Vol. 2, Set A, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Strategies Reading Vol. 2, Set B, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2011

Star Strategies Writing Vol. 1, Set B,  Star Publishing, Hong Kong, in publication

Star Strategies Speaking Vol. 1, Set B,  Star Publishing, Hong Kong, in publication

Star Strategies Listening Vol.1 Set B, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, in publication

 

Co-authored with Pieter Koster:

 

Star Summit Workbooks 4A-5B, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Sports Communication – Elective, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2009

Star Target Grammar, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2010

Exam Practice Papers 4A-6, Star Publishing, Hong Kong, 2010

 

Non-fiction:

 

Talk to Me: Conversation Strategies for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Speech and Language Impairments, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2014

 

Referees' Comments

 

“Heather Jones is a remarkably talented, versatile and intelligent person.”
 Alison Hoddinott, Senior Lecturer, UNE

 

“I can warmly recommend Ms Jones as a good communicator, both in speaking and writing, and as a professional in the cooperative relationship between author and publisher.”
 Rina Leeuwenburg, Publisher, Longman Cheshire

 

“Heather is a generous, energetic, positive, well-organised person.”  Bernard McKenna, Associate Professor in Management, QUT

 

“I would highly recommend Heather as a reliable and highly skilled writer.” Adam Nobel, Hugo Alexander, Paddington