Printha Ellis taught English as a foreign language on four continents, including extended periods in southern Asia and northern Africa. Following an honours degree in English, she was granted masters degrees in English Literature from Leeds and, more recently, Applied Linguistics from Birmingham. She also worked as a writer-in-residence at two British Council summer schools held at Durham University, based on the themes of authenticity and innovations in ELT.
Printha worked on more than ten coursebook series aimed at levels from kindergarten to adult. Most recently, she collaborated on a major secondary course for Europe, as well as a large Macmillan primary initiative for China. In the course of her career, she wrote a number of highly-successful courses for Macmillan including Surprise, Pyramid and Way Ahead, and Move Ahead.
Printha died tragically in September 2004. You can read a tribute to Printha here.