Ingrid began working on www.alevelgerman.com in October 2013 and has produced 10 titles in that period, some of the earlier ones in collaboration with Steve Glover (see below). This is how she describes herself:-
Ingrid Maclean was brought up in a multi-cultural environment and has a huge appetite for learning different languages, through which she can access the delights of Italian opera, French literature or German poetry. She is a passionate advocate of students acquiring new languages that will help them explore other worlds. After studying interpreting and translation in Edinburgh, she moved to Strasbourg where she lectured at one of the universities. This was followed by teaching in Vienna and the Middle East. Parallel to teaching languages, she also continued to translate for various organisations. Having lived in several European countries, in the Middle East and the Far East, Ingrid has now settled in Cyprus which she considers an ideal location, at the crossroads of many fascinating cultures and languages, and also a sunny haven for reading and writing. Apart from writing for pleasure, she has helped Steve expand the A Level site which, she believes, offers students a splendid means of familiarising themselves with works of German literature in a way that promotes in-depth study of the German language and the possibility to analyse and respond to many of today’s important issues.
Steve originally set up www.alevelfrench.com in 2010. After building up the number of titles available on this site in partnership with Nathalie Kaddouri he turned his attention to German and was lucky enough to find Ingrid, a former colleague of Nathalie who was keen on helping move things forward. Steve, like many British language learners, began learning in his third year in secondary school. He developed his interest in German by dint of going on the school skiing trip to Switzerland and also translating letters from the son of a villager who had been abducted and taken back to the former East Germany by his father. Authentic practice! Steve taught German for most of his teaching career and enjoys cycling holidays in the country. He is currently doing the vocabulary sections for the novels and also the drawings for the PowerPoints of the novels as well as all the technical stuff which makes the site work.