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March 2006

The first new title to joing the Campaign series in 2006 is Campaign 1 Grammar practice. This is the ideal grammar reference and practice books for students who need to use English in a military context. Designed for students studying at elementary level, it can be used both in the classroom and for self study.

March 2005

Military English Course Wins British Council Innovation Award

Campaign, a new English course for the Military published by Macmillan Education, has won an ‘Elton’ at the 2005 British Council ELT Innovation Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the beautiful Delfina Gallery in London on 3rd March 2005.

The British Council ELT Innovation Awards are offered to outstanding new language learning resources which use innovative ideas to help learners of English to achieve their goals. This is the third year of the awards, which were introduced to mark the 70th anniversary of the British Council.

At the ceremony the author Simon Mellor-Clark and publisher David Riley received the award from Scott Thornbury and Catherine Walter who commended Campaign as ‘an admirable example of an Innovation Award winner’. Simon Mellor-Clark thanked the team who have contributed to Campaign and the judges for the recognition of military English teaching.

John Whitehead, Head of English Language Teaching at the British Council said:

Campaign is making a major impact on the British Council’s Peacekeeping English programme, which enables international peacekeepers to communicate more effectively with each other in troublespots across the globe. By helping them to keep the peace Campaign is helping to save lives and is a worthy Elton winner.'

This is the second award for Campaign following the prestigious HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award, 2004.


November 2004

Campaign wins HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award for 2004

Campaign has won the prestigious HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award for 2004.

The publishing team received the award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 24th November 2004.

Simon Mellor-Clark, author of Campaign is thrilled to receive the award: ‘I'm delighted about the award. I think Campaign is an important step forward in ESP materials - for its teachability, syllabus and methodology. For me, the award validates the approach that we've taken and is a recognition of the fantastic work done by the writers on the team, the publisher and editors - especially Louis Harrison, the project manager - and the designers.’

Download the complete press release here.


Campaign has also been short-listed by the British Council for the 2005 Innovation Awards.

The British Council Innovation Awards are offered to outstanding new language-learning resources which use innovative ideas to help learners of English to achieve their goals. These awards were launched to mark the 70th anniversary in 2004 of the British Council.

The winners of the 2005 Innovation Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Delfina Gallery in London on 3rd March 2005.


October 2004
Macmillan reveals the new recruit in the Campaign series
The CAMPAIGN Dictionary of Military Terms is joining the ranks of the Campaign series, a new range of coursebooks for teaching English to personnel deployed on military and peacekeeping operations.

“The ideal dictionary for anyone involved in teaching English
to the military or armed police forces.”

The CAMPAIGN Dictionary of Military Terms, based on the Peter Collin Publishing Dictionary of Military Terms, provides clear definitions of over 6,000 British, American and international military vocabulary.

The entries cover a comprehensive range of topics relating to the three services including subjects such as rank, organisation and training, operations in the field, logistics, radio communications, and some of the more common vehicles and equipment currently in use. New terms used by the media in reporting on recent conflicts and wordlists from Campaign levels 1 & 2 are also included such as: bioterrorism, e-bomb, Gulf War Syndrome, WMD, and many more.

Entries show phonetic transcription, grammatical categories, style and usage information, and clear example sentences to show how terms are used in context. ‘Comment’ boxes give extra usage, cultural and encyclopaedic information.

The CAMPAIGN Dictionary of Military Terms will be an indispensable addition to any kitbag.

Download the complete press release here.

September 2004
Campaign author Simon Mellor Clark recently went to MLI (Military Language Institute) in the United Arab Emirates where teachers are going to be using Campaign 1 from September. If you'd like to know about teaching the military in Abu Dhabi, visit

July 2004
Simon spent two weeks in Serbia acting as a trainer and facilitator on a two-week teacher-training course for military teachers from twelve countries. The course was organised by James Sutherland Smith, the PEP (Peacekeeping English Project) manager in Serbia & Montenegro, and the objective of the course was 'to introduce participants to Campaign as a core course book in teaching English to military personnel'. The course was a great success.

January 2004
Macmillan publishes Campaign Military English

A brand-new English language course that meets the needs
of military personnel engaged in international operations:

By Simon Mellor-Clark and Yvonne Baker de Altamirano

‘No single institution can claim to own the magic formula to guarantee peace. Rather, the way to provide the greatest possible level of security both to NATO members and to the wider world is by creating a network of cooperating partners all with a vested interest in preserving and promoting stability and prosperity.’
Christopher Bennett, Editor of NATO Review

With NATO and UN-led forces taking on increasing responsibility for security and peacekeeping around the world, more national forces will need to be trained for international operations. At the heart of this new era of global cooperation lies communication.

Macmillan’s unique new course, Campaign, has been specifically developed for the armed forces who need to learn English for international operations, including peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and training exercises. It has been written according to NATO’s STANAG language profile, and the entire text of the course has been independently vetted by officers from the American, British, French and Spanish armies. Campaign has also been extensively piloted by teachers involved in the British Council’s Peacekeeping English Project.

The topics range from explaining missions and military technology to giving directions and social conversations, and are drawn from a wide variety of authentic military contexts, including the US and the UK, NATO and the UN. Campaign is intended to suit both intensive and year-long courses, and the target language is immediately transferable to any military situation.

The authors
Simon Mellor-Clark has been working in the field of English Language Teaching for 17 years. For the last 10 he has been a teacher with the Spanish Military and is the Founder and Director of Mission English, a private language school specialising in Military English. Yvonne Baker de Altamirano is a member of the Institute of Linguists, with an M.Ed in English Language Teaching. She has 14 years’ experience with the Spanish army at the Infantry School, Toledo and the General Military Academy, Zaragoza.

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