Philida Schellekens is an independent consultant, researcher and teacher trainer in the field of language learning and teaching, particularly English language provision for migrants and refugees. More widely, she also provides consulting in EFL, foreign languages, interpreting and translation, and the communication skills of first language English speakers. Philida is an associate inspector in adult and further education, and teaches English part-time at Greenwich Community College, both of which enable her to maintain her perspective on - and direct contact with - language learning at all levels.

Philida is author of the Oxford ESOL Handbook. Other recent publications include: English Language as a Barrier to Employment, Education and Training (2001) DfES; Language in Construction (2004) CITB; and Full on English: The English language needs of ethnic minority people born in the UK (2005) Birmingham & Solihull LSC.