Penny Ur is a renowned ELT expert, author and teacher trainer.
She was educated in the UK and earned her first MA at Oxford University. She then studied for her PGCE at Cambridge University and later got her MA TEFL at Reading university.
In 1967 she emigrated to Israel where she began teaching English at primary and secondary level. She was for a time head of the M.Ed program in foreign-language teaching at Oranim Academic College of Education, and now teaches MA courses at Oranim and Haifa University.
Ms Ur is interested in all aspects of language-teaching methodology, but in particular English teacher training, language-learning activity design and the implications for teachers of the development of English as a lingua franca.
She has published a number of articles, and books with Cambridge University Press, many of which have become staples amongst language teachers and teacher-trainees.
In July 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to language teaching.