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Confirmed events and activities from Dr.Richards’ Calendar for 2018

April 2018:

  • Plenary lecture at the RELC Seminar, Singapore.
  • Plenary lecture at the ASEAN ELT Conference, Malacca, Malaysia.
  • Lectures to the MA class at City University, Hong Kong.
  • Presentation to the Hong Kong Association of Applied linguistics.

May 2018:

  • Lectures at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

July 2018:

  • Course on teaching listening and speaking: RELC Diploma n Applied Linguistics, RELC Singapore

September 2018:

  • Workshop on curriculum development: TESOL Research Colloquium, Sydney University

October 2018:

  • Keynote address. National ELT Conference, Beijing, China.

Debut CD by Tony Chen Lin

Jack Richards has sponsored a debut CD  – Digressions – by pianist Tony Chen Lin (New Zealand/Germany). The CD contains Tony’s performance of Bartók’s Piano Sonata, Bach’s French Suite No.5, Schumann’s Humoreske and Tony’s own composition Digression (Meditation on R.S.). The CD is produced by the New Zealand music label Rattle.

The CD was launched at a reception at Jack’s Wellington apartment on April 7 2018.

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NZ Concerts by Jun Hong Loh & Tony Chen Lin

In April 2018 Jack Richards sponsored a series of concerts in New Zealand by Singapore violinist Jun Hong Loh (winner of the 2015 Gisborne International Music Competition) and pianist Tony Chen Lin. Their program consisted of music by Mozart, Gao Ping, and Grieg.

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Tiromoana in NZ Gardener

Professor Richards’ home in Gisborne has been featured in NZ Gardener Magazine

There comes a time in a well-travelled person’s life when the siren song of home becomes more insistent.

For many years, Jack Richards, a professor of linguistics, and his partner, Won Gyu Moon, divided their time between international work commitments, and their homes in Sydney and Korea. Richards’ frenetic schedule of lecturing, writing and touring made breaks in his home town of Gisborne all the more precious…

The article is available online here: Gisborne’s Garden Over the Sea: A Sanctuary for Nature and Art

Support for School Chamber Music Groups

Jack Richards is now offering travel support to all competitors who reach the finals in the New Zealand Chamber Music Competition, an annual competition for school chamber music groups that attracts over 500 entrants every year.

Some 40 make their way to the national finals that are held either in Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch and all will now receive a Jack Richards travel grant.

RELC July 2017

Dr. Richards and teachers from Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, India and Singapore taking his course on Curriculum Development, RELC July 2017.

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Sponsored Young Musicians Receive Prizes

Dr. Richards' sponsored young musicians received prizes at the 11th International Competition for Young Pianists 'A Step Towards Mastery' in St. Petersburg, Russia June 2-9, 2017.

Both are in the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • Leroy Ma – 3rd Prize Category B (aged 12-15 years).  Leroy is 13 and was the youngest in his category who made the final.
  • Calvin Abdiel – 2nd Prize Category C (16-19 years). Calvin is 16 and was also the youngest in his category who made the final.

In the final Leroy played Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with the State Capella Orchestra of St. Petersburg. Calvin played Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the same orchestra.

1st NTELT Conference – Dubai August 2017

Professors, lecturers, teachers, MA Students, PhD Candidates, researchers, practitioners, and experts in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), TEFL, and Applied Linguistics are cordially invited to submit papers to the International Conference on New Trends in English Language Teaching and Testing that will take place in Dubai, UAE, on 24 August 2017.

Dr. Richards will be a keynote speaker. For more information, please see the conference website at www.ntelt.com

2nd NTELTIR Conference – Ardabil August 2017

Professors, lecturers, teachers, MA Students, PhD Candidates, researchers, practitioners, and experts in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), TEFL, and Applied Linguistics are cordially invited to submit papers to the International Conference on New Trends in English Language Teaching and Testing that will take place in Ardabil, Iran, on 28 August 2017.

Dr. Richards will be a keynote speaker. For more information, please see the conference website at www.nteltir.com

Jack Richards’ articles the most frequently downloaded

In 2016, Jack Richards’ articles were the most frequently downloaded articles in RELC Journal.

Journal publishers today count the number of downloads of articles as a main indicator of the success of a journal. The publisher of RELC Journal (Sage) reports that Jack Richards’ articles in RELC Journal were the most frequently downloaded articles in 2016. The 10 most frequently downloaded articles in order of frequency were:

Total Downloads

  1. Jack C. Richards and Randi Reppen. Towards a Pedagogy of Grammar Instruction2,655 Downloads
  2. Montri Tangpijaikul. Preparing Business Vocabulary for the ESP Classroom – 2,102 Downloads
  3. Martha C. Pennington & Jack C. Richards. Teacher Identity in Language Teaching: Integrating Personal, Contextual, and Professional Factors1,616 Downloads
  4. Yan Jiang. Exploring Teacher Questioning as a Formative Assessment Strategy1,180 Downloads
  5. Lindy Woodrow. Anxiety and Speaking English as a Second Language1,160 Downloads
  6. Jayoung Song. EFL Learners’ Incidental Acquisition of English Prepositions through Enhanced Extensive Reading Instruction – 1,106 Downloads
  7. Jack C. Richards. Curriculum Approaches in Language Teaching: Forward, Central, and Backward Design1,090 Downloads
  8. Jack C. Richards. The Changing Face of Language Learning: Learning Beyond the Classroom 980 Downloads
  9. Zhao Hong Han. Rethinking the Role of Corrective Feedback in Communicative Language Teaching – Downloads 710
  10. Sandhya Rao Mehta. Can Thinking be Taught? Linking Critical Thinking and Writing in an EFL ContextDownloads 648

Cambridge University Press to Publish Two New Books by Jack C Richards

Dr. Richards has written a book called 50 Tips for Teacher Development, to be published in 2017. The tips in the book contain a wide variety of activities that teachers can use to plan and manage aspects of their own professional development. They draw on Dr. Richards’ many years of experience in working with teachers at different stages in their professional development. The tips address core aspects of teacher development, including such issues as assessing needs and goals, researching teaching and learning, extending knowledge and skills, and expanding professional knowledge.

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Jack Sponsors New Zealand Tour by Two Distinguished Latin-American Pianists

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In February and March 2017 Jack Richards sponsored a series of New Zealand concerts by EDITH FISCHER – pianist and protégé of Claudio Arrau and Founder and Artistic Director of Semaine Internationale de Piano et Musique de Chambre, Blonay, Switzerland, and her husband JORGE PEPI-ALOS – pianist and composer Professor at the University of Chile, Santiago. Their visit included a piano recital for four-hands as part of the Tiromoana Summer Concert Series (held in Jack and Won Gyu Moon’s New Zealand summer residence) as well as a recital as part of the Creative New Zealand/Jack C Richards Composer in Residence Program at Victoria University, Wellington.

In the photo Jack is seen with Edith and Jorge following their Christchurch recital, and together with Christchurch pianist Tony Chen Lin, who accompanied the musicians on their New Zealand tour.