Jack C. Richards



“Born in New Zealand, I obtained a Master of Arts degree with first class honours in English from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1966. I obtained my Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Laval University (a French-Language University) in Quebec City, Canada in 1972.


I have worked in many parts of the world, including New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States. After completing my PhD, I taught in Indonesia and was then appointed a specialist in applied linguistics at the Regional Language Centre Singapore, under the auspices of the New Zealand Government. Later I was Senior Lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, before being appointed Full professor in the Department of English as a Second Language at the University of Hawaii in 1981. In 1989 I returned to Hong Kong to set up a new department of English at the City University of Hong Kong, where I was head of the department of English and also chair professor. In 1996 I returned to my home country for two years to set up an MA program at the University of Auckland. In 1999 I retired from full-time university teaching and administration and since then have taught for part of each year at the Regional Language Centre (RELC), in Singapore, while making his primary residence in Sydney Australia. At RELC, I teach on the MA in Applied Linguistics, as well as the RELC Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics. In 2011, I was made an honorary professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia, where I give public lectures in TESOL, run a teaching methodology workshop and provide consultancy to academic staff and research students.


I am a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops for language teachers, and visits some 12 countries every year. I have written over 60 articles and 20 books. Many of my books and articles are classics in the field of second language teaching and have been translated into many different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic. Among my 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), Curriculum Development in Language Teaching (2001), 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.


My classroom textbooks are also widely used and have helped millions of students around the world learn English. These include Springboard, Person to Person, Tactics for Listening, Passages, and the best-selling series Interchange.


I have for many years made myself available as a speaker at many professional conferences without a fee, and 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 me with a citation in 2001 which states:


“Generous in sharing his expertise with junior members of the profession, unstinting in his efforts to promote excellent language teaching in all parts of the world, indefatigable in showing the applications of theory to teaching practice in the classroom, Dr. Richards is a fine example of what English language education and applied linguistics can accomplish.”


In 2010 I was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Victoria University, Wellington, in recognition of my contributions to English language teaching and the arts.


Further information about me can be found at: www.professorjackrichards.com


Please visit Youtube to watch my introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-EvcPzIGJ3g




 Selected Downloadable Articles by Jack C. Richards


 Classroom Observation in Teaching Practice 
 Peer Observation 
 Teaching Portfolios 
 The structure of a language lesson 
 Listening comprehension approach, design, and procedure 
 Competence and-Performance in Language Teaching 
 Moving Beyond the Plateau: From Intermediate to Advanced Levels in Language Learning 
 Second Language Teacher Education Today 
 Teaching Listening and Speaking: From Theory to Practice 
 The Changing Face of TESOL 
 Looking Back: Reflections on a Career in Applied Linguistics 
 Developing Classroom Speaking Activities; From Theory to Practice 
 Teaching And Learning In The Language Teacher Education Course Room: 
 Materials Development & Research – Making the Connections  
 Communicative Language Teaching Today 
 Second Thoughts on Teaching Listening 
 The Role of Textbooks in a Language Program 
 Exploring Teachers’ Beliefs and the Processes of Change 
 30 Years of TEFL/TESL: A Personal Reflection 
 Content Knowledge and Instructional Practice 



 Books by Jack C. Richards


Interchange (Cambridge University Press),
with Jonathan Hull, Susan Proctor
The communicative and functional methodology has been tried and tested by millions of students around the world. The Fourth Edition now offers greater flexibility of use.InterchangeintroInterchange1Interchange2Interchange3


Speak Now (Oxford University Press),
with David Bohlke
A four-level speaking course which develops students’ communication skills. Every activity includes a speaking component. Video activities are integrated every four lessons, providing real-life language models.speaknow1speaknow2speaknow3speaknow4


Connect (Cambridge University Press),
with Carlos Barbisan, Chuck Sandy
A fun, four-level, multi-skill American English course especially written and designed for young adolescents. It develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in engaging contexts.connect1connect2connect3connect4


Four Corners (Cambridge University Press),
with David Bohlke
An integrated four-skills course for adults and young adults who want to use English to communicate in daily life. Combines communicative methodology with a practical outcomes-based approach.4corners14corners24corners34corners4


Person to Person (Oxford University Press),
with David Bycina, Ingrid Wisniewska
Focuses on building confidence in using language needed in everyday settings such as shopping, ordering in a restaurant, and arranging to meet a friend. Each unit is centered around dialogues, pair-work speaking practice, and audio material that presents English as it is really spoken.personstarterperson1person2 


Strategic Reading (Cambridge University Press),
with Samuela Eckstut-Didier
A three-level series designed to develop reading, vocabulary-building, and critical-thinking skills. The Student’s Book contains 16 thematic units with a selection of engaging topics that motivate learners to relate the reading to their own experiences.Strategicreading1Strategicreading2Strategicreading3 


Tune In (Oxford University Press), with Kerry O’Sullivan
Tune In develops listening skills and, introduces students to over 50 features of natural spoken English. Each lesson uses a step-by-step approach to teach students to understand what people say and how they say it.Tunein1Tunein2Tunein3 


Join In (Oxford University Press), with Kerry O’Sullivan
Conversation Strategies include how to ask for clarification, show interest to keep a conversation going, give polite negative responses, and many more. Easy-to-follow unit layout. The Student Audio CD includes multiple versions of key dialogues.joinin1joinin2joinin3 


Tactics for Listening (Oxford University Press)
A comprehensive, three-level listening series that features high-interest topics to engage and motivate students. Contains fun, natural-sounding recordings that reflect everyday situations, follow-up listening and speaking activities for in-depth practice and a Student Audio CD for practice outside the classroom.TacticsbasTacticsdevTacticsexp 


Passages (Cambridge University Press)
A thoroughly revised edition of Passages, the successful two-level, multi-skills series that takes adult and young adult learners from the high-intermediate to advanced level.passages1Passages2  


Springboard (Oxford University Press)
An attractive two-level learner- centered conversation and listening course for adult and young-adult students. It is oganized around high-interest topics that motivate students to talk.sprinboard1springboard2  


Listen Carefully (Oxford University Press)
Provides systematic and thorough practice in micro-listening skills. 15 topic-based units cover a wide variety of everyday situations. Each unit contains activities which focus on different aspects of the topic.Listencarefully   


Listen For It (Oxford University Press)
Helps students develop the skills for participating in conversations on common topics. Students improve such skills as listening for the main idea and listening for key words. .Listenforit1   


The language Teaching Matrix (Cambridge University Press)
Richards explains how effective language teaching involves a network of interactions between curriculum, methodology, teachers, learners, instructional materials. Each chapter examines the theoretical and practical dimensions of a central issue in language teaching.Matrix   


The Context of language Teaching (Cambridge University Press)
Topics covered include second language acquisition, syllabus design, methodology and methods, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar. Issues in applied linguistics are summarised and presented with clarity and their practical implications explored.context   


Beyond Training (Cambridge University Press)
The argument pursued throughout is that teacher education needs to engage teachers not merely in the mastery of techniques, but in an exploration of the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes that underly their teaching practices.Beyondtraining   


Teacher Learning in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press)
Edited by Jack C. Richards and Donald Freeman

Seventeen original articles provide examples of theory and research into teacher learning and of the role that previous experience, social context, and training play in the process.teacherlearning   


Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press),
with Theodore S. Rogers

This new edition is an extensive revision of the first edition.Provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the major and minor teaching methods used around the world.Approaches   


Second Language Teacher Education (Cambridge University Press),
with David Nunan

An account of current approaches to the education of teachers of second languages. It offers valuable ideas on observation, classroom supervision, self-evaluation, and teaching itself.secondlanguageteacher   


Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education (Cambridge University Press)
Edited by Jack C. Richards and Anne Burns

An overview of issues in Second Language Teacher Education ) presented by researchers, educators, and emerging scholars.secondlanguage   


Practice Teaching (Cambridge University Press),
with Thomas S.G. Farrell

Written for language teachers in training, this book surveys issues and procedures in conducting practice teaching. The book shows student teachers how to explore and reflect on their teaching.practiceteaching   


Professional Development in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press),
with Thomas S.G. Farrell

A coherent and strategic approach to teacher development Teacher Development for Language Teachers examines ten different approaches for facilitating professional development in language teachingprofessionaldevelopment   


Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms (Cambridge University Press),
with Charles Lockhart
Introduces teachers to techniques for exploring their own classroom experiences. Tthis is the first book to offer a carefully structured approach to self-observation and self-evaluation.reflective   


Curriculum Development in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press)
A systematic introduction to the issues involved in planning, developing, and managing effective language programs. Key stages in the curriculum development process are examined.curriculum   


Language and Communication (Pearson),
with Richard W. Schmidt

A survey of major issues in the study of language and communication. The issues discussed have been selected primarily for their relevance to applied linguistics. The focus is on the process involved in using language for communication.Languageandcommunication   


The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Language Teaching 
(Cambridge University Press). Edited by Jack C. Richards and Anne Burns

A state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching.pedagogy   


Methodology in TESOL (Heinle & Heinle)
Edited by Jack C. Richards and Michael. H. Long

This authoritative and comprehensive anthology contains classic, ground-breaking articles which present the rationale behind much current methodology.methodologyreadings   


Error Analysis (Pearson).
Edited by Jack. C. Richards

The eleven essays in this book cover a wide range of topics from the role of ‘interlanguage’ and the influence of external factors on the process of language learning, to the development of syntax and the methodology of error analysis.error    


Focus on the Learner (Newbury House).
Edited by Jack. C. Richards and John W. Oller, Jr.
Includes articles by H. H. Stern, Noam Chomsky, William Mackey, Jack Richards, John Oller, Jr., Graeme Kennedy, B.D.W. Hocking, John Macnamara, R. C. Gardner, Bernard Spolsky . . . and more.focus   


Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
(Pearson), with Richard W. Schmidt
This best-selling dictionary has become an indispensible resource for those engaged in courses in TEFL, TESOL, applied linguistics and introductory courses in general linguistics.Longmandict   


Teaching in Action: Case Studies from
Second Language Classrooms (TESOL)
Seventy-six short, concisely written case studies on eleven distinct areas of English language teaching, such as teacher development, teaching in mainstream programmes and introducing curriculum innovations.teachinginaction   


Tips for teaching Listening (Pearson)
Introduces teachers to contemporary research and specific techniques for teaching listening. Topics include listening processes, skills, text types, academic listening, course planning, and assessment.tips   


Methodology in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press),
Edited by Jack C. Richards and Willy A. Renandya
An overview of the teaching of English illustrating the complexity underlying many of the practical planning and instructional activities it involves.Methodology