At English Listening we think everyone should have access to authentic listening passages that are interesting, fun and educational for ESL teachers and English language learners.
Meet The Team
Extensive listening is the key to spoken language acquisition.
Dr. Gary Buck
Dr. Buck is the founder and President of Lidget Green, and is an international testing expert, with a vast amount of experience. His particular specialty is testing English as a second language, and in this field his work is internationally known. He is the author of the standard textbook on testing second-language listening comprehension, and has published in numerous academic journals.
Gary worked in a number of the leading testing organizations in the United States: he was the Director of Testing in the ELI (English Language Institute) at the University of Michigan, where he developed a new testing system to supplement the established ‘Michigan tests’; he was the Dean of Testing at the Defense Language Institute, in Monterey, California where he led the design and development of many of the U.S. Department of Defense’s high-stakes language tests; he worked in the Research Division at ETS (Educational Testing Service) on the SAT, Advanced Placement, the TOEFL and the TOEIC programs; and he was the Director of Testing for Ballard & Tighe, designing tests to meet the No Child Left Behind legislation.
Gary is responsible for the overall management of the company, and takes the lead in test design, test development and all technical assessment issues.