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Michael Thomas

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Michael Thomas BA (Hons) Cert. TESOL M.Ed. MBA Ph.D. FHEA holds a permanent position as Senior Lecturer in Language Learning Technologies in the School of Languages and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He has taught at universities in the UK, Germany and Japan, including a permanent position in English Language at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany) and associate professor in English Language and CALL at the Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (Japan).

His research interests are in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), task-based language teaching and assessment (TBLT), online and distance language education, and language education policy. He is currently completing a sole author book entitled Digital Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching for Routledge (under contract), editing Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning (with Professor Mark Warschauer and Dr Hayo Reinders) for the Continuum Contemporary Studies in Linguistics series (under contract), and a collection on Task-based Language Teaching in Asia. He is the lead and founding editor of a two book series, Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Continuum), and Digital Education and Learning (Palgrave Macmillan).

Among his other book publications are Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009), Task-Based Language Learning & Teaching with Technology (with Hayo Reinders) (Continuum, 2010), Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice (with Euline Cutrim Schmid) (2010), Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration (Palgrave, 2011), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (Routledge, 2011), and Online Learning (Sage, 2011). He is associate editor of the International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, general editor of the Journal of Second Language Teaching & Research, and has guest edited special editions on language learning for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, the Journal of Digital Education and Culture, and the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT).

He has organized numerous international conferences on computer-assisted language learning focusing on Web 2.0 digital technologies. He is a member of a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Research in Learning Technology (ALT-J), the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, the Asian EFL Journal, the Asian ESP Journal, and reviews for the British Journal of Educational Technology, the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, and Language Learning and Technology. Dr Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.


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