Professor Jack C Richards

Honorary Professor of TESOL
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Jack C Richards grew up in Gisborne, a small town on the east coast of the north island of New Zealand and has worked in many parts of the world, including New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the US. After completing his PhD, in applied linguistics from Laval University (a French-Language University) in Quebec City, Canada, he 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 he was senior lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, before being appointed professor in the Department of English as a Second Language at the University of Hawaii in 1981.

In 1989, Jack returned to Hong Kong to set up a new department of English at the City University of Hong Kong, where he was head of the department of English and also chair professor. In 1996, he returned to his home country for two years to set up an MA program at the University of Auckland. In 1999, he retired from full-time university teaching and administration and since then has taught for part of each year at the Regional Language Centre (RELC), in Singapore, while, until recently, making his primary residence in Sydney. At RELC, he teaches on the MA in Applied Linguistics, as well as the RELC Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics. His role with SSESW include giving public lectures in TESOL, running a teaching methodology workshop and providing consultancy to academic staff and research students.

Jack's classroom textbooks are used widely 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. For many years, he has made himself available as a speaker at professional conferences without a fee, and supported scholarship programs in different parts of the world.

In 2010, Jack was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Victoria University, Wellington, in recognition of his contributions to English language teaching and the arts.
In March 2016 the International TESOL organisation, as part of its 50th anniversary, named him one of the 50 TESOL specialists worldwide to have made a significant impact on language teaching in the previous 50 years.

Honorary DLit., Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  • Adjunct Professor of Applied Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington 
  • Adjunct Professor, Regional Language Centre (RELC), Singapore (1998–2019)
  • Chair Professor, University of Auckland (1996–1998) 
  • Chair Professor and Head of Department of English, City University of Hong Kong (1989–1996) 
  • Professor, Department of English as a Second Language, University of Hawaii (1981–1989) 

Selected books
  • Richards, J.C. (2022). Teaching and learning in English medium instruction: an introduction. Routledge. (Forthcoming). 
  • Richards, J.C. (2018). Product and Process in Second Language Teacher Education. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. 
  • Richards, J.C. (2018). Planning a Language Course :Principles and Procedures. Singapore: Regional Language Centre. 
  • Richards, J. C. (2017). Jack C Richards' 50 Tips for Teacher Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Jones, R. H., & Richards, J. C. (Eds.) (2016). Creativity in language teaching: Perspectives from research and practice. New York: Routledge. 

Selected book chapters
  • Richards, J.C. (2018)."Afterword." In Juan de Dios Martinez Agudo (Ed.) Emotions in Second Language Teaching. Switzerland: Springer. 445-449.
  • Richards, J.C. (2017). "Curriculum approaches in language teaching." In Eli Hinkel (Ed.) Handbook of Research in Second Language Learning and Teaching Vol 3. New York: Routledge. 117-131.
  • Richards, J.C. (2017). "Teacher identity in second language teacher education." In Gary Barkhuizen (Ed.) Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research. New York: Routledge. pp 139-144.
  • Richards, J.C., and Reppen, R. (2016). "12 principles of grammar instruction." In Eli Hinkel (Ed.) Teaching English Grammar to Speakers of Other Languages. New York: Routledge. 151-170.
  • Richards, J.C. (2015). "Creativity in language teaching." In Rodney Jones and Jack C Richards (Eds). Creativity in Language Teaching: Perspectives from Research and Practice. New York: Routledge. 15-44.
  • Richards, J.C. (2015). "Materials design in language teacher education: an example from Southeast Asia." In Thomas Farrell (Ed.) International Perspectives on Language Teacher Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 90–106.
  • Richards, J.C. (2015). "Creativity in language teaching." In A. Chik, T. Costley and M.Pennington (Eds.) Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class. Sheffield: Equinox. 15-44.
  • Richards, J.C. (2015). Introduction to "Teachers’ perspectives on task based language teaching.” In Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia. M. Thomas and H. Reinders (Eds.) London: Bloomsbury 2015. 137-138.

Selected journal articles

Other outputs
  • 2021. Over to You: An Integrated Course (General Editor and Contributing Author): Levels 1,2, 3A and 3 B. Beijing: FLTRP Press.
  • 2021. Over to You: Viewing, Listening and Speaking (General Editor and Contributing Author): Levels 1,2, 3A and 3 B. Beijing: FLTRP Press.

Chenrui JaiThesis title: Chinese EFL University Teachers' and students' beliefs towards Oral Corrective Feedback in the English Class. Role: Associate supervisor