John Beaumont is an assistant professor of Developmental Skills/ESL at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. He has an Ed.D. in TESOL from Teacher College, Columbia University. He is the author of several ESL/EFL textbooks, including NorthStar Reading and Writing 1, is an author and the series editor of a forthcoming writing skills series (both with Pearson Longman). His academic and research interests include teacher observation and supervision, critical thinking, and classroom materials development.