Board of Academic Advisors (BOAA)
Brian Tomlinson: Dr. Tomlinson is Head of the Post-Graduate, Research and Consultancy Unit in the School of Languages at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. He has worked in many countries including Nigeria, Zambia, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. Posts have included working as a secondary school teacher, teacher-trainer, curriculum developer, director of studies, university lecturer and football coach. Dr. Tomlinson has given presentations to teachers in nearly 50 countries and published over 70 books and articles (including openings, Materials Development in Language Teaching and Developing Materials for Language Teaching). He’s also the Founder and President of MATSDA, the International Materials Development Association, which runs annual conferences and workshops and publishes its journal Folio twice a year. He has also co-authored Discover English, a methodology book for English language teachers which focuses on language analysis.
Dave Hopkins: Mr. Hopkins is the director of TEFL International´s academic programs around the world. Mr. Hopkins began in English language training as an EFL teacher on a graduate internship at the Instituto Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano in Lima Peruholds. He received his Master´s degree in TEFL and in Intercultural Management from the School of International Training (SIT). He has taught, developed, managed and trained teachers in language programs in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for over three decades. His most recent position before coming on board with TEFL International was the course director at the AUA Language centre in Bangkok. Keeping up with changes in the industry and methodologies, Mr. Hopkins has helped bring TEFL International into the forefront of the industry with his experience and insightful knowledge.
David Nunan: Dr. Nunan is Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the English Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he was Director of Research and Development, NCELTR, and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs in Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has published over 100 books and articles in the areas of curriculum and materials development, classroom-based research, and discourse analysis. His recent publications include: Introducing Discourse Analysis; The Self-Directed Teacher; Voices from the Language Classroom (with Kathleen M. Bailey); The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (with R. Carter); and Pursuing Professional Development: The Self as Source (with K. Bailey and A. Curtis). His textbook projects include ATLAS, Go For It, Listen In, Speak Out and Expressions, all published by Heinle & Heinle/Thomson Learning. Go For It has recently been selected and adapted by People’s Education Press as a basal textbook series for middle schools in China. He was President of TESOL in 1999-2000.
John W. Miller: John W. Miller is an Academic Specialist for the Korean Language Program at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, where he is in charge of faculty development. He designs and facilitates teacher-training workshops for faculty and learning strategies workshops for students. John began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. After getting his MA, he taught in and directed Kyungsung University’s Foreign Language Institute in Pusan, Korea for three years. Later, while working for Ohio University, he helped launch OPELT, an English Language Program at Chubu University in Kasugai, Japan. He also served as Associate Peace Corps Director in Ukraine during the mid-90s and later returned to Ohio University to administer the OPELT Program. John is currently finishing his dissertation for a PhD in Intercultural Communication at Ohio University. He has written extensively on language teaching and has conducted teacher training workshops in Liberia, Korea, Japan, Ukraine, and the U.S. His current professional interests extend to areas such as reflective teaching, learning styles and strategies, and action research. He is particularly interested in learning more about the ways that intercultural relationships develop and change.
Richard Day: Dr, Day is Chair & Co-Founder of the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF). He is currently a Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii. He is also co-editor of the online journal Reading in a Foreign Language. He has developed many teaching materials, including Impact Issues and Impact Topics, both with Junko Yamanaka, and Journeys Reading 3, with Jim Swan and Masayo Yamamoto.
Robb Scott: Mr. Scott began his ELT career in Quito, Ecuador teaching middle school ESL at an international K-12 American style school. Several years later, he moved to Japan, where he gained valuable experience working on American branch-campus start-up projects, writing ESL curriculums and training teachers. Recently, he has been in Brooklyn, New York, where he wrote education materials for Newsweek, served as a technical instructor helping junior high students build Web pages in a Cablevision project, studied at Teachers College, Colombia University, and started an online newsletter for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) professionals as well as the ESL online mini-conference.
Wendy Redlinger: Dr. Redlinger joined the US Peace Corps as a teacher in Nepal in 1962 and soon found herself as a teacher training specialist for the Peace Corps in Nepal where she learned Nepali. After three years with the US Peace Corps, Dr. Redlinger returned to the US to earn an M.A. in Asian History (1971) at Washington State University and a Ph.D in Linguistics (1977) from the University of Arizona. She then moved to Switzerland where she worked on bilingual research at the University of Bern as a NATO postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Redlinger continued to do research and write for Miranda Associates & ACCESS, Inc. back in Washington, D.C. following her two years in Switzerland. In 1982, Dr. Redlinger joined The Experiment in International Living and worked there for the next nine years as a program manager, placement specialist and training associate. From 1990 to 2004, Dr. Redlinger worked for the School of International Training (SIT) designing teacher training programs for their Master of Arts teaching Program and from 1993, served as Director of the US State Department’s English Language Fellow Program.