Jack C. Richards–October 13, 2013



Jack Richards on blue“Creativity in Language Teaching”

October 13, 2013
7:00 p.m. Eastern time zone/New York/USA

New Zealand born Professor Jack Richards is an applied linguist, teacher educator, and textbook author, who has had an active career in the Asia Pacific region (Singapore, Hong Kong, Camridge GuideIndonesia, Hawaii) for many years. He has written over 100 books and articles on language teaching methodology and teacher training, as well as many widely used classroom texts including the best selling series Interchange and the recent series Four Corners. He has held senior positions in universities in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Hong Kong and is currently an honorary professor at Sydney University, an adjunct professor at the Regional Language Centre, Singapore, and in 2013/2014, visiting distinguished professor at City University, Hong Kong. His most recent publications are Practice Teaching, and Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice, both published by Cambridge University Press.

website: www.professorjackrichards.com

Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching

Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching

Among his many successful publications are Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Practice Teaching: A Reflective Approach, and Curriculum Development in Language TeachingHe is also an active art collector and a sponsor of numerous activities in music and the arts. Dr. Richards obtained a Master of Arts degree with first class honours in English from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1966. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Laval University (a French-Language University) in Quebec City, Canada in 1972.practice teaching

Dr. Richards is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops for language teachers, and visits some 12 countries every year. He has written over 60 articles and 20 books. For a recent article on curriculum development see “Curriculum Approaches in Language Teaching: Forward, Central and Backward Design.” Many of his books and articles are classics in the field of second language teaching and have been translated into many different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean,

Curriculum Development in Language Teaching

Curriculum Development in Language Teaching

Japanese, and Arabic. Among his well known professional books are Error Analysis, (1974), Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms (1996, with Charles Lockhart), Beyond Training (1998), The Language Teaching Matrix (1990), Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (second edition 2001, with Ted Rodgers), Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (4th edition 2010, with Richard Schmidt) and Professional Development for Language Teachers (with Tom Farrell), Cambridge University Press 2005.

Professor Richards has for many years made himself available as a speaker at many professional conferences, and graciously supported scholarship programs in different parts of the world. In recognition of this the Presidents of De La Salle University, Manila and of Philippine Normal University, Manila, presented Professor Richards with a citation in 2001 which states: In December 2011 Dr. Richards was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Victoria

Lalique Vases: The New Zealand Collection of Dr. Jack C. Richards

Lalique Vases: The New Zealand Collection of Dr. Jack C. Richards

University, Wellington, in recognition of his contributions to English language teaching and the arts. In 2011 Dr. Richards was made an honorary professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Richards is also an avid art collector. The Lalique Vases: The New Zealand Collection of Dr Jack C Richards features his personal collection of this fine art.

Dr. Richards’ seminar will address the concept of effective teaching that draws on many different qualities that teachers bring to their classes – reflecting the knowledge, skills and understanding they have built up from their professional education and from their experience of teaching. One quality among the many that characterize effective teachers is the ability to bring a creative disposition to teaching. In second language teaching creativity has also been linked to levels of attainment in language learning. Many of the language tasks favoured by contemporary language teaching methods are believed to release creativity in learners – particularly those involving student-centred, interaction-based, and open-ended elements, and are therefore ideally suited to fostering creative thinking and behaviour on the part of learners. In order to better understand the nature of creative teaching, the notion of  creativity will be explored from three different perspectives: 1. the qualities creative teachers possess. 2. how teachers apply creativity in their teaching.  3. how creativity can be supported in the school. Examples will be based on accounts of how creative teachers’ conceptualize their approaches to teaching.

View Dr. Richards’ videocasts here on new Englishes, listening and comprehension, grammar, among others.

View a video of Dr. Richards’ discussing professional development and Four Corners.

Access Dr. Richards’ website.

Small Sampling of Dr. Richard’s Publications


2013. The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Language Teaching. Anne Burns and Jack C Richards (editors). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2011. Practice Teaching: a Reflective Approach. Jack C Richards and Thomas Farrell. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2011. Tips for Teaching Listening: a Practical Approach. (with Anne Burns). New York: Pearson.

2010. Selected Works of Jack C. Richards on Applied Linguistics. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

2010. Longman Dictionary of Language teaching and Applied Linguistics. (with Richards Schmidt).  4th edition. Harlow: Longman.

Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

2010. Reflections on English Language Teaching. (Guest Editor, special issue on teacher research). Vol. 9, 2 December 2010. Published by Centre of English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.

2009. Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education (editor with Anne Burns). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2009.Teaching Listening and Speaking: From Theory to Practice. RELC Portfolio Series. Singapore: Regional Language Centre.

2005. Professional Development for Language Teachers (with Thomas Farrell). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2002. Methodology in TESOL: An Anthology of Current Practice (ed with Willy

The Language Matrix

The Language Matrix

Renandya). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2001. Curriculum Development in Language Teaching. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2013. Curriculum approaches in language teaching: Forward, central and backward design. RELC Journal, 44(1) 5-33.

2010. Competence and performance in language teaching. RELC Journal, 41, 2. 101-122.

2008.  Growing up with TESOL. English Teaching Forum 46,1, 2-11

2008. Second language teacher education today.  RELC Journal, 39, 2. 158-176.

2007. Materials development and research: towards a form-focussed perspective. In Sandra Fotos and Hossein Nassaji (eds). Form Focussed Instruction and Teacher Education: Studies in Honor of Rod Ellis. Oxford: Oxford University Press 147-160.

2006. Teaching and learning in the language teacher education course room (with Gurmit Singh). RELC Journal 37 (2) 149-175.

2006. Materials development and research-making the connection. RELC Journal (37) 1, 5-26.

2005. Second thought on teaching listening. RELC Journal (36) 1 85-92.

2002. 30 years of TESOL: A personal reflection. RELC Journal 33,2 1-36

2001. Teachers’ beliefs and the processes of change. (with Patrick Gallo and Willy Renaday). PAC Journal, 1,1 41-64.

2001. The ideology of TESOL. In The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ronald Carter and David Nunan (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 213-217.

Classroom Texts and Series

2012. Strategic Reading (second edition). Levels 1,2,3. Jack C Richards and Samuela Eckstut-Didier. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2012. Speak Now, Levels 1,2,3. New York: Oxford University Press.

2012. Interchange 4th edition, levels 1,2,3 and 4. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2011. Tactics for Listening. (3 level series). 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

2011. Four Corners. (with David Bohlke). Levels 1-4. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2008. Join In. (with K O’Sullivan). New York: Oxford University Press.

2006. Tune In. (with K O’Sullivan). New York: Oxford University Press.

2004. Connect. (with C.Sandy and C. Barbesan). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2003. Strategic Reading (with S. Eckstut-Didier. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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