Louis George Alexander (January 15, 1932-June 17, 2002) was a famous teacher and writer, the author of New Concept English and the Direct English Syllabus and Course Structure.
A British author of EFL course books, Louis Alexander was born in London and educated at Godalming Grammar School and the University of London, he taught English in Germany (1954-56) and Greece (1956-65) where he was head of English at the Protypon Lykeion, Athens (what is now the Scholi Moraïti).
Louis was a member of the Council of Europe Committee on Modern Language Teaching (1973-78), and one of the authors of The Threshold Level (1975) and Waystage (1977), works developed for the Council of Europe that have been the bases of many communicative language courses and forms the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. He has served on the Committee of Management of the Society of Authors (1980-83).
In 1986-88 he was adviser to the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate for the Cambridge Certificate in English for International Communication.
He was a writer of EFL course materials since the 1960s. Alexander consistently supported the cause of the relatively untrained non-native speaking teacher of English.
He was consultant for Junior English for China (1988-) on behalf of UNESCO. He created the blueprint for the Survive self-study series (1980-83, reissued 1989) for modern languages and has published courses in the field of computer-assisted language learning.