Interview with Brian Tomlinson on Humanising Education

Vahid Nimehchisalem


Brian Tomlinson is a Visiting Professor at The University of Liverpool and a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, university academic and soccer coach in Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Vanuatu, UK and Zambia and has given presentations in over 60 countries. He is the Founder and President of MATSDA and has published many articles and books including Developing Materials for Language Teaching, Openings etc.

The interview you are about to read here was recorded after his plenary talk at the 11th Malaysia International Conference on English Language Teaching (MICELT 2016) in Swiss-Garden Beach Resort, Damai Laut, Perak, Malaysia. 

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Humanising Language Teaching.

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Tomlinson, B. (2008). Humanising an EAP coursebook. Humanising Language Teaching.

Tomlinson, B. (2013). Humanising the coursebook. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.) Developing materials for language teaching (pp. 139-156). London: Bloomsbury.

Tomlinson, B. (2015). Challenging teachers to use their coursebook creatively. In A. Maley & N. Peachey (Eds.), Creativity in the Language Classroom. London: British Council.

Tomlinson, B. (forthcoming 2017). Making typical coursebook activities more beneficial for the learner. In D. Bao (Ed.), Creative concerns in ELT materials development: Looking beyond the current design. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


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