The official website of educator & arts patron Jack C Richards

10 Questions for Professor Richards

English Australia JournalDr. Richards talks about his life and career in Volume 31-02 of the English Australia
Journal in 10 Questions for Jack C. Richards

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in ELT with the depth and range of experience of
this month’s interviewee. Jack C. Richards is a homegrown talent, born in New Zealand, and in his more than 40 years in the industry, he has taught and presented in numerous countries, including Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has written over 150 articles and books…

Hong Kong March 2016

Photos from Dr. Richards’ appearance at the Dr. Tien Chang Lin Technology Innovation Foundation Lecture Series in Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Professor Richards’ schedule for 2016

(as of March 2016)

  • March 7-10: Plenary address, Teacher Education Conference ( Farhangian university- Teacher Education University), Iran.
  • March 14-19: Tien Chang Lin Technology Innovation Foundation Lecture Series in Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • April 13-16: Presentations at IATEFL Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • May 1: An evening with Jack Richards. Crown Plaza Hotel, Muscat, Oman, sponsored by Cambridge University Press.
  • June: Visiting Professor, Santo Tomas University, Manila, Philippines.
  • July: Visiting Professor, RELC, Singapore.
  • September 8-10: Plenary address: TEFLIN Surabaya, Indonesia
  • October 20-22: Plenary address, Teacher Education Conference, Manila, Philippines

New website!

Jack-Richards-2016-wideWelcome to my newly designed website. I look forward to sharing information about my activities here and hope you enjoy exploring the site.

Jack C. Richards

Question feature returns to the Website

Woman-Questions-squareFrom time to time Dr. Richards will respond to questions posed to him here.

Only general questions related to important issues in language teaching will be answered. Questions on other issues will not be acknowledged or answered.

In many instances the information you need can be found on the internet so please search there before contacting Dr. Richards with a question.

50 on 50!

tesol-international-associationThe International TESOL organization as part of their 50th anniversary have honored Jack Richards as one of the 50 TESOL specialists worldwide to have made a significant impact on language teaching in the last 50 years.

Glowing review in ELT Journal

Language Learning Beyond the ClassroomA book edited by David Nunan and Jack Richards, Language Learning Beyond the Classroom, has received an excellent write-up in ELT Journal. Reviewer Phil Benson concluded:

Nunan and Richards end their preface to the book by outlining several themes that emerge from it. Out-of-class activities, they argue, address some of the limitations of classroom-based learning, especially through opportunities for authentic language use and real communication. Benefits include, in addition to the development of language and communication skills, enhanced confidence and motivation, personal growth, and intercultural awareness. They also conclude that there is a need to integrate out-of-class and classroom learning, by setting clear goals for out-of-class activities, preparing students, and providing follow-up activities. These are sound conclusions to a book that deserves to be widely read and discussed.

The full review is available at the ELT Journal website.

Napier exhibit

The MTG Hawke’s Bay, a regional museum in Napier, New Zealand, is exhibiting a selection of vases from the Jack C Richards collection during 2016.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Season’s greetings from children whose English lessons Dr. Richards sponsors at a language institute in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Curator for decorative arts collection

21-DSC_2637Ms. Jane Putnam has been appointed curator of the Jack C Richards decorative arts collection. In this capacity she will develop a data base for the several hundred items in the collection, monitor the condition of items, prepare documentation on pieces and liaise with galleries displaying items from the collection.

Jack’s new book published

Books

Key Issues in Language Teaching – a major overview and discussion of the field of English language teaching, was published in September 2015, by Cambridge University Press. Jack has been working on this project for over 5 years. The final book is 826 pages and is available both as a print book and an e-book.

Joshua Han wins two prizes in Aarhus

Josh-and-JackJack’s 12 year old piano protégé Joshua Han won his second international young pianist’s competition in less than a year, winning both the Category A 1st Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the prestigious Aarhus International Piano Competition for young pianists in Denmark in March 2015. In August 2014 Joshua won the first prize in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, in Ettlingen, Germany.

Josh and his family were guests at Jack’s New Zealand summer house in January 2015, and Josh and his brother Oscar – a very talented violinist – performed at a charity concert in Gisborne.