Hi. I'm Brian Tomlinson. At the moment I'm a Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University and Academic Director of TEFL International but I've done many other jobs in my life. I've worked as a kitchen porter in Blackpool, I've been a film extra in Rome and I've been a football coach in Zambia. And I've worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and university academic in Japan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, UK, Vanuatu and Zambia. I'm also the Founder and President of MATSDA (the international Materials Development Association) and I've published many articles and books (e.g. Discover English (with Rod Bolitho); Openings; Materials Development in Language Teaching; Developing Materials for Language Teaching; Language Acquisition and Development: Studies of Learners of First And Other Languages; Superbird). My most recent publication is a book with Hitomi Masuhara which reports the results of longitudinal research into materials development (Research for Materials Development in Language Learning: Evidence for Best Practice).
I've always believed in the teacher being both a performer and a director of student performance and I've given presentations on variations of this theme in over sixty countries. What matters most in language learning is energy, engagement and esteem. These can be stimulated by teacher performance and gained by learners performing to themselves and to others.