Story Central by Macmillan Education


Oh, look what arrived in the post! Macmillan Education, you really are giving my postman a workout.

After more than 2 years of writing, and even longer in production, Story Central is now a reality. So now I can finally talk about it rather than just warbling on about Viv Lambert, my co-author!

Story Central is a 6-level EFL (English as a Foreign Language) course for primary aged children. It’s set in the context of a story centre and has storytelling and critical thinking at its hub. Aside from printed books, the course comes with huge amounts of digital content in the form of audio CDs, oral storytelling videos, American sign language videos, apps and online resources.

Viv and I developed the course for Macmillan Education, and wrote the core of it. I even came full circle and worked on the tail end of the project as a designer as well.

I showed a couple of the books to my 85 year old mum, in an attempt to explain what I do for a living, and told her (as best I could in my broken Cantonese) that it consists of all these different components: books, DVDs, CDs … ‘Oh, CDs are very popular these days aren’t they? Everybody’s using them!’ she said. (She’s never owned a CD player, or a CD for that matter!)

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