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Dr Michael Thomas (BA (Hons), M.Ed, MBA, Ph.D, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Language Learning Technologies. He is the author or editor of ten books and is currently working on a new book for Routledge entitled, Digital Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching and a volume in the Continuum Contemporary Linguistics Series, Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
Michael is research active within the area of modern languages and cultures and is a member of the Language, Literacy and Digital Education Research Group. He is also a member of the Research Unit for Speech and Language.
He is commissioning editor of the Digital Education and Learning book series (Palgrave Macmillan) and of a new book series on Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Continuum). He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching.
In addition to a Ph.D. (Newcastle) completed in 1997, he holds degrees in ELT and Educational Technology (Manchester) and a Master of Business Administration in Educational Management (Leicester). In Germany he taught at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Mannheim and held a permanent position at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, the oldest university in the country founded in 1386. He has also worked as a learning consultant in online education for the GlobalEnglish Corporation based in the United States. Most recently he spent eight years as an associate professor / professor at NUCB, a business university in Nagoya, Japan, where he coordinated modules on a Masters in Global Business Communication and a Global MBA in addition to undergraduate modules on research methods, writing and computer-asssisted language learning. He was chair of the faculty's Educational Technology Committee for seven years and organised five international conferences on computer-assisted language learning and digital technologies.
In addition to eight books he has guest edited special editions of several international refereed journals. He is currently editing a special edition of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Lnguage Learning and Teaching on TBLT and CALL due for publication in 2013. Michael's research interests are in digital technologies and education (including computer-assisted language learning (CALL); Web 2.0/social media/digital literacies; online and distance language learning), task-based language learning and teaching (TBLT) and the synergies between language, literacy and technology (electronic discourse; societal uses of digital technologies by youth; philosophy of language/technology). He is interested in supervising MA and Ph.D. students in any of these or related areas.
Commissioning Editor of a Book Series
Thomas, M., Peterson, M., & Warschauer, M. (2011-). Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching. London & New York: Continuum.
Thomas, M., Prensky, M., & Gee, J. P. (2010-). Digital Education and Learning. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Thomas, M. (2012). Digital Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching. London & New York: Routledge (under contract).
Thomas, M., Reinders, H., & Warschauer, M. (Eds.) (2012). Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Continuum Contemporary Linguistics Series. London & New York: Continuum (under contract).
Thomas, M. (Ed.). (2011). Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration. London & New York: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-023111585.
Michael has recently completed a four-volume major work for Sage Publications entitled Online Learning (2011) and is commissioning editor of a new book series entitled, Digital Education and Learning, with Professor James Paul Gee and Marc Prensky, published by Palgrave Macmillan USA. Current projects include a new sole-authored book on TBLT and digital technologies and Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the Continuum Contemporary Linguistics Series due for publication in 2012 with Mark Warschauer and Hayo Reinders.
Among his other publications are Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009), Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice (with Euline Cutrim Schmid) (2010), Task-Based Language Learning & Teaching with Technology (with Hayo Reinders) (Continuum, 2010), Deconstructing Digital Native: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (Routledge, 2011), Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and The Reception of Derrida: Translation and Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
Michael is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), associate editor of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), and has guest edited special editions of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society (IJETS). He is a member of a number of other editorial boards on peer reviewed journals, including Research in Learning Technology (ALT-J), the Asian EFL Journal, the Asian ESP Journal, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society (IJETS) and regularly reviews for the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), and the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET).
He has recently edited a special edition of the refereed journal, Digital Education and Culture, examining digital gaming and second language acquisition. Between 2007 and 2010 he organized five international conferences on learning technologies and language education in Japan (the International Wireless Ready Symposium and the 13th Annual JALT CALL Conference).
Michael was a recent keynote speaker on “Web 2.0 language learning” at the 2010 Asian EFL Conference in Taiwan, and an invited speaker in the technology language learning series at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2011 he was invited to host one of the Global Online Symposium Series on digital education with Information Science Reference/IGI Global, USA.
He was the convenor of a symposium entitled, “Distance Language Learning”, held at the 45th Annual International Conference, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), in Brighton, UK, in April 2011. With the IATEFL BESIG he organised an international conference on "Teaching Business English with Digital Technologies" in June 2011 at the University of Central Lancashire.
EF4504 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics) (Semester 1 &2)
EB4603 Intercultural Business Communication in the Digital Age (MA in Intercultural Business Communication) (Semester 1)
EB3203/4 Digital Communications in Modern Business (IDBC Final Year) (Semester 1 & 2)
EB3991 Research Methods (Semester 1 & 2)
Conference Organizer. TBLT in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. JALT TBL SIG and the University of Central Lancashire. Osaka Shoin University, Osaka, Japan, 19th-20th May 2012.
Conference Organizer. International Symposium on Teaching Business English with Digital Technologies. IATEFL BESIG and School of Languages and International Studies, University of Central Lancashire, UK. 24th-25th June 2011.
Member, Conference Steering Committee. Supporting Internationalisation through Languages and Culture in the 21st Century. School of Languages and International Studies, University of Central Lancashire, UK. July 2012.
Conference Co-chair. 1st International Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning Reforming Education and Quality of Teaching: Learning Technologies, Quality of Education, Educational Systems, Evaluation, Pedagogies. Tech-Education 2010. Athens, Greece, 19th to 21st May, 2010.
Program Committee Member. Association of Learning Technologies Annual International Conference (ALT-C), University of Nottingham, UK, 8th-9th September, 2010.
Academic Advisory Committee. International Conference on Personal Learning Environments 2010. Open Innovation Centre for the Community, Barcelona, Spain, 8th-9th July 2010.
Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and Main Conference Organizer, 4th International Wireless Ready Symposium. Digital Asia: Language, Technology & Community. NUCB Graduate School, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Nagoya, Japan, 19th February 2010.
Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and Main Conference Organizer, 3rd International Wireless Ready Symposium: Digital Technologies in Language Education. NUCB Graduate School, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Nagoya, Japan, 20th February 2009.
Conference Site Chair, NUCB Organizing Committee, Frontiers of CALL: Negotiating Diversity, 13th Annual JALT CALL 2008, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Nagoya, Japan, 30th May-1st June 2008.
Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and Main Conference Organizer, 2nd International Wireless Ready Symposium: Interactivity, Collaboration and Feedback in Language Learning Technologies. NUCB Graduate School, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Nagoya, Japan, 29th March 2008.
Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and Main Conference Organizer, 1st International Wireless Ready Symposium: Podcasting Education and Mobile Assisted Language Learning. NUCB Graduate School, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Nagoya, Japan, 24th March 2007.