I am a teacher, trainer, tester, and consultant with over 30 years experience in teaching and testing students, and training teachers, and consulting on projects in over thirty countries in central and eastern Europe, central Asia, north Africa, and southern Africa.

I am currently a lecturer at RISIBA university in Riga.

I am the founder of the The English Ideas Project: a project to develop a better pedagogical grammar of English, better resources, and encourage better teaching.

I am the author of:

Other Roles

I am the Vice-President of the Latvian Association of Teachers of English.

I advise the Latvian Ministry of Education on their school examinations, and I am part of the Skola 2030 project.

In addition I am a language auditor, e-moderator and on-line educator.

My qualifications include a Masters in E-Learning, and Diplomas in teaching English as a foreign language and in language school management from the University of Cambridge.


As a trained geographer, amateur historian and cartographer, and one-time field archaeologist, I have a keen interest in the intersection of geography and history, two key disciplines, because as we know, we have not reached ‘the end of history’. To encourage the combined teaching of history and geography I have set up the GeoHistories website.

Key Free Downloads

The Rough And Ready Guide to Teaching English Online in A Time of Coronovirus

A Brief Guide to Text Analysis and Corpus Linguistics

The Guide explores text analysis and useful tools, then introduces you to corpus linguistics and shows you how to build a micro-corpus and do things like produce a key word list.

Master’s Dissertation: A comparative experimental study of face-to-face and web-based English for Special Purposes vocabulary learning

Professional English Active Notebooks for Students

Justice and Home Affairs Notebook

Police Officials Notebook

Border Guards Notebook [International Version]

and Justice and Home Affairs Reader

Employing Me

It’s easy, just contact me by e-mail [robert at rbuckmaster.com] and we can discuss what your needs are.

What I charge depends on the project, the time available for preparation, the amount of travel etc.

I have a variable daily rate, but if I am away from home you will also have to cover the costs of travel (taxis, flights etc), hotel accommodation to a good standard and a per diem for incidental expenditures.

Other Interests

I am a keen photographer and fly fisherman. I can offer guiding services in Latvia; fly fishing for trout and grayling, and for coarse fish..