The official website of educator Jack C Richards

Piano recital by Joshua Han

On November 26th, Jack Richards sponsored a fund raising piano recital by 14 year old virtuoso pianist Joshua Han at the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne.


  1.  Piano Sonata No.21 ‘Waldstein’ Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata. Franz Liszt
  3. Variations on a Theme from Carmen. Horowitz

5th edition of the Interchange series

Cambridge University PressCambridge University Press plan to publish the 5th edition of the Interchange series  in 2017.

The 5th edition will have substantial new content and design and reflect feedback from focus groups conducted in the primary markets for the series.

Muscat Oman May 2016

Jack with guests at a dinner function for key ELT specialists in Muscat, Oman, 31 May 2016

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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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