Stephen Speight studied English at Oxford, where he met his future wife. After several years of teaching in comprehensive schools he moved to Edge Hill College of Education. From there he was invited to take up a post in a new English Department in Dortmund, Germany. He has been at Dortmund University ever since, teaching language, literature and technical English, and supervising students on teaching practice. He began work on readers and textbooks soon after arriving in Germany, and has now been working more or less continuously as an educational author for the best part of twenty years. He also lectures and publishes articles on second language conversation, which was the topic of his dissertation. Other professional and leisure interests include modern fiction, life in Britain, caravanning, sailing, jogging and playing the harpsichord.