The official website of educator & arts patron Jack C Richards

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.

Korean Book Translation

640px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svgTwo of Dr. Richards books will be published in Korean Translations: Curriculum Development in Language Teaching, and Longman Dictionary of Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching.

Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland

Faculty of EducationDr Richards has accepted an invitation to join the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland as an honorary professor. In this role he will consult with research students and give guest lectures.

Gracias Jack

Sonidos Para La Vida (Sounds for Life) is a Guatemalan organization dedicated to changing the lives of boys and girls in risky situations. The principal mission is PREVENTION through MUSIC. Dr. Richards has provided a grant for the children in this program.

To find out more about the program click here.

The children, from economically disadvantaged communities, are studying English with Jack’s support in Antigua. They also receive free music lessons from their teacher – Edwin Ruiz, who has worked with children for over 30 years.

The children recorded this thank you video for Jack.

Joshua Han wins competition

JoshuaHanOutstanding young 12-year-old Australian pianist – Joshua Han – who is sponsored by Jack Richards, was the first prize winner in the junior division at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition for young pianists, at Ettlingen, Germany in August 2014. Joshua received the highest mark ever awarded – 99.9%.

Previous prize winners at this prestigious competition have included Lang Lang and Yuja Wang.

See here to watch Joshua’s winning performance.

See here for more about the competition.

 

Jack C Richards Decorative Art Gallery opens

20-DSC_2614The new Jack C Richards Decorative Art Gallery, part of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, New Zealand, opened on 16th May, 2014.

See here for more about the gallery and the collections in it.

See here for a video about the new gallery.

Kiri Te Kanawa’s birthday

Patronage

Jack Richards and Kiri Te Kanawa at a function at the Royal Opera House, London, in March, to celebrate Dame Kiri’s birthday and long association with the Royal Opera House

Gareth Farr Concerto

Orchestra-Review_IPThe first performance of Gareth Farr’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by Jack Richards, was performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and pianist Tony Lee  on March 28, 2014. The concerto has received rave reviews on its first performance. Read the reviews here, here and here.

MEXTESOL Journal celebrates its 40th anniversary

MEXTESOL JournalThe journal of the Mexican TESOL Association – MEXTESOL Journal – will shortly celebrate its 40th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary the journal will add a special feature to each issue, described as “A Vintage Article–an article that has had great influence on our readers or that has a place in the history of ELT.” They have chosen to feature an article by Jack Richards published  in the journal in 1994 entitled Teacher Thinking and Foreign Language Teaching.

New Educational Consultant role

Professor Richards has been invited to serve as en educational consultant to Cambridge English Teacher – an on-line teacher development site for English teachers – a joint project of Cambridge University Press and Cambridge ESOL. Professor Richards will be involved in planning new courses to be made available on CET and will also be able to respond to questions from members of CET. For more information see here.