Ian White was born near Exeter, England. After graduating in Bulgarian language and literature (with Russian as his subsidiary subject) from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London University, he spent a year at the University of Skopje, Macedonia, where he studied Macedonian. His TEFL career started out in the early 1970's at the St.Giles' School of Languages, Oxford Street, London. He was then appointed British Council Lector in English at Sofia University, Bulgaria, where he taught translation classes. After teaching English in Kuwait, Ian spent seven years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia first teaching at the British Council, then at the Institute of Public Administration. Ian then gained an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Durham. In the late 1980's, Ian went to Istanbul as director of studies for a private language
school. He moved to Izmir in 1995 working both in the Turkish private sector as director of studies and teacher trainer and as course tutor for Cambridge ESOL CELTA courses. Ian also designed and ran courses on teaching phonology and grammar at the British Council, Izmir. Ian was appointed teacher trainer and English language instructor at the Izmir University of Economics in September 2003. One of his main interests is the teaching of pronunciation. With support from IEU, Ian has presented papers at conferences in Turkey, the UK, Syria and Uruguay. Ian is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.