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Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen is an author of over 180 ELT articles, textbooks and books, most recently the English Firsthand series (5th edition, with John Wiltshier and Steve Brown, Pearson) and English Teaching and the Science of Happiness: Positive psychology communication activities for language learners. (ABAX ELT).

Marc has lead teacher development workshops and been an invited speaker to conferences on five continents. His websites include and

Marc is a professor in the Dept. of Modern Business at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai. He also teaches a course on “Positive Psychology in ELT” at Nagoya University of Foreign Languages M.A. TESOL program.

Marc Helgesen: Useful Links
Buy English Firsthand 5th Edition Click Here
English Firsthand Sample Units Click Here
ELT And Happiness Click Here
Helgesen Handouts Click Here

English Firsthand is the best-selling oral communication series that has been supporting ELT teachers and students for more than 25 years. It helps students build success and confidence through hands-on active learning. The series was designed to help students learn English by using English. It provides (1) realistic language models (2) personalized and motivating tasks (3) sufficient language support (vocabulary, grammar, and functional phrases) and (4) opportunities to communicate personal information, opinion and ideas.

English Firsthand’s MyMobileWorld
English Firsthand’s MyMobileWorld (MMW) is a complete Learner Management System that connects to your students’ cellphone or any other device. It sends results to you instantly (no more grading papers!) while giving learners extra vocabulary and listening practice (even more than is in the book), full access to 3 videos per unit and much more. Important fact: It was designed by English teachers who are techies! They know what is important. And the MMW version of Firsthand only costs 200 yen more than the “minus MMW” version. Great value for money.

Whiteboard Videos Supporting English Firsthand
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