Mark Allen has worked at Sussex downs College since 1996 and is Curriculum Manager for the International provision on the Eastbourne and Lewes campuses. In this role he is responsible for all curriculum matters regarding teaching and teachers. Mark teaches IELTS and Music for the international college and organises the termly International Music Concerts. Outside of college, Mark is a regular conference speaker and has been invited to speak on Cultural Awareness, Teaching Chinese Students and IELTS for many organisations including IATEFL, English UK, The British Council, International House, and UKCoSA. His first book for Macmillan is IELTS Graduation written with two colleagues Debra Powell and Dickie Dolby. Debra Powell. Dickie Dolby started out teaching in Secondary Schools in Cape Town where he found the energy of the students truly inspiring. Many had a real desire to learn and they believed that education had the power to change the direction of their lives. Education was also something that spilled outside the classroom and it gave Dickie the belief that students learn as much from teachers as from each other, as much from inside the classroom as they do from the world outside.